[Updated with results] The World Cup race in sprint in Imatra today offered one of the most complex labyrinths of artificially built fences seen in the World Cup so far. This made the race very interesting and challenging – but still the top runners managed to make the right choices on most of the legs. The EOC winners – and qualification winners – Judith Wyder and Jonas Leandersson – took the victories.
Judith Wyder won the women’s race ahead of Maja Alm – with three women in shared third place: Tove Alexandersson, Julia Gross and Helena Jansson. Wyder looked like a sure winner already from the start, but Alm had a very strong finish and got closer and closer for every meter in the last part of the course. Wyder has been very strong in the sprints this year – also winning the European Champs after a slow start.
Alexandersson was running fast, but did some big mistakes, and was early out of the fight for victory.
Another one for Leandersson – Belgian success in third
For the ones following sprint orienteering closely, it was no big surprise that Belgian Yannick Michiels could climb onto the podium in third place today. Michiels started earlier than the main favourites after losing some time in the qualification, and had a clear lead when the big favourites Daniel Hubmann and Jonas Leandersson started. Hubmann and Leandersson had a tight fight all the way to the finish – Michiels having the same time as Hubmann three controls before the finish. As many times before, Hubmann’s finish was fantastic, and he could raise his arms after beating Michiels with 2 seconds.
Last starter Leandersson was however a few seconds faster – taking the lead from Hubmann at control 13 and being faster from there and into the finish.
Maps and GPS-tracking
|18||109||Tessa Hill||Great Britain||14:19||+1:18|
|4||13||Jonas Vytautas Gvildys||Lithuania||12:40||+20|
|7||32||Scott Fraser||Great Britain||12:54||+34|
Note: Sorry for late update of results – wanted to watch the broadcast in the evening without knowing the winner. Great production, by the way …