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WOC Middle Final: Surprise by Leonid Novikov

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Leonid Novikov surprised everybody – including himself – by winning the World Champions middle distance in Vuokatti, Finland today. Thierry Gueorgiou finished second after a one-minute mistake at control which he never managed to fully catch up. Sweden’s Gustav Bergman became third.

Below you see the mistake of Gueorigou at the second control – around one minute lost. You also see how Gueorgiou looses the flow on the following controls – letting the legs control instead of the technique.

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Mistakes for Novikov

The illustration below compares Novikov and Gueorgiou on the last loop (Novikov’s GPS did not work between control 8 and 11). When Novikov caught Hubmann at control 10 (after a 50 second mistake by Hubmann), Novikov was in the lead with 9 seconds. To control 11 Novikov increased the lead to around 30 seconds – but from there on his orienteering was more unstable – maybe due to pushing the pace together with Hubmann (the two were mostly together on the last loop – except for the first part of 14-15). Novikov lost time to Gueorgiou both to 14 (route choice) and 16 (small mistake) – but in the end it was enough with 6 small seconds.

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Maps

See below for maps / GPS-tracking:

Results

Men

1 143 RUS Leonid Novikov Russia 37:45
2 140 FRA Thierry Gueorgiou France 37:54 +9
3 125 SWE Gustav Bergman Sweden 38:21 +36
4 144 SUI Matthias Kyburz Switzerland 39:08 +1:23
5 142 SUI Daniel Hubmann Switzerland 39:16 +1:31
130 SUI Fabian Hertner Switzerland 39:16 +1:31
7 137 NOR Carl Godager Kaas Norway 39:21 +1:36
8 135 LAT Edgars Bertuks Latvia 39:51 +2:06
9 124 UKR Denys Shcherbakov Ukraine 39:59 +2:14
10 127 SWE Peter Öberg Sweden 40:22 +2:37
11 132 UKR Oleksandr Kratov Ukraine 40:30 +2:45
12 123 LAT MrtiFa Sirmais Latvia 40:33 +2:48
13 131 EST Lauri Sild Estonia 41:02 +3:17
14 138 SWE Johan Runesson Sweden 41:08 +3:23
15 119 AUT Gernot Kerschbaumer Austria 41:10 +3:25
16 139 NOR Anders Nordberg Norway 41:42

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