World Cup Sprint Relay: Maps and Results

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 02 Mar 2014@11:00

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Sweden won the first unofficial World Cup race in mixed sprint relay today ahead of Denmark and the Swedish second team. Switzerland and Sweden were the big favourites ahead of the race – Switzerland however failed and got two teams disqualified. The best Swiss team finished 5th in the end.

Lena Eliasson decided the relay for Sweden on the last leg – increasing the gap down to Denmark with Maja Alm in second spot from 10 seconds to 19 seconds. Sweden’s second team started together with the first team on the last leg, but Lina Strand on the second team lost too much time – finishing 44 seconds down on Eliasson in third.

- This was really great! Partly as a positive test ahead of the World Champs in Italy this summer, and partly because we want to win the unofficial World Cup in sprint relay overall, the head of the Swedish National team Håkan Carlsson comments to orientering.se.

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Swedish winning team. Picture from orientering.se

Maps and GPS-tracking

Below you find links to maps and the GPS-tracking. The courses today were on the easy side – with not too many technical challenges. What do you think about the courses?

New discipline

The mixed sprint relay is a new format in the World Cup – being only an unofficial World Cup this year. The mixed sprint relay is however an official discipline in the World Championships in Italy already this year, and therefore there is a lot of interest around the discipline now.

This article will be updated when more is know about how the new touch free system worked and the runners’ and spectators’ reaction to the new format are available. It will also be interesting to know why so many teams were disqualified. Please add a comment with your evaluation below.

Results

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1 Sweden lag 1 58:15
1 Tove Alexandersson 14:40 1 00:00 14:40 1 00:00
2 Jerker Lysell 14:41 4 00:14 29:21 1 00:00 0
3 Jonas Leandersson 14:12 2 00:03 43:33 1 00:00 0
4 Lena Eliasson 14:42 2 00:14 58:15 1 00:00 0
2 Denmark lag 1 58:34 00:19
1 Emma Klingenberg 14:47 3 00:07 14:47 3 00:07
2 Søren Bobach 14:41 4 00:14 29:28 3 00:07 0
3 Rasmus Thrane Hansen 14:15 3 00:06 43:43 3 00:10 0
4 Maja Alm 14:51 4 00:23 58:34 2 00:19 1
3 Sweden lag 2 58:59 00:44
1 Karolin Ohlsson 14:57 5 00:17 14:57 5 00:17
2 Willisam Lind 14:27 1 00:00 29:24 2 00:03 3
3 Gustav Bergman 14:09 1 00:00 43:33 1 00:00 1
4 Lina Strand 15:26 7 00:58 58:59 3 00:44 -2
4 Finland lag 1 59:55 01:40
1 Venla Niemi 15:24 6 00:44 15:24 6 00:44
2 Marten Bostrom 14:42 6 00:15 30:06 5 00:45 1
3 Fredric Portin 15:03 10 00:54 45:09 6 01:36 -1
4 Anne-Maija Fincke 14:46 3 00:18 59:55 4 01:40 2
5 Switzerland lag 2 1:00:03 01:48
1 Sabine Hauswirth 15:28 7 00:48 15:28 7 00:48
2 Andreas Kyburz 14:47 8 00:20 30:15 7 00:54 0
3 Daniel Hubmann 14:49 5 00:40 45:04 4 01:31 3
4 Sarina Jenzer 14:59 5 00:31 1:00:03 5 01:48 -1
6 Russia lag 1 1:00:47 02:32
1 Anastasiya Tikhonova 14:48 4 00:08 14:48 4 00:08
2 Alexey Sidorov 14:42 6 00:15 29:30 4 00:09 0
3 Mikhail Perelygin 16:49 17 02:40 46:19 11 02:46 -7
4 Galina Vinogradova 14:28 1 00:00 1:00:47 6 02:32 5

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3 Comments to “World Cup Sprint Relay: Maps and Results”
  1. Eric says:

    In my opinion it was very very boring to watch (with gps only). Maybe it was cool for some spectators, because you see the runners and then hope after they disappeared that your favourite runners shows up first. But with easy course and gps its only boring. You always see who is in front and there arent many changes (except for misspunches wich you couldnt see because you didnt knew wich control needs to be taken by who.

    The only thing that was maybe interesting was, to see how runners who almost catched up some pack in the front choose their next leg. If they just fallow or try an other choice to gain some time.

  2. o-zeugs says:

    The running momentum seemed pretty dominant and because of the outbalanced route choices it was not useful to take a different choice than the pack leader. To change this one would expect more forkings to influence the route choices alike at the 3rd control of the womens course. (For one forked control the one choice is favourable, for the other the other route is).

    Would be intresting to see what the athletes themselves think about. They got a questionnaire from the organizers https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1FJH2g8WYjC8h87TmGKcea286LUZX1kXpW5Z24heNitk/formResponse (though some rhetorical questions already answered by the IOF Council)

  3. o-zeugs says:

    http://gustavbergman.se/?p=1401 Gustav Bergman is pretty harsh on the format.

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