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World Cup Sprint Imatra: Maps and Results

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[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.

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Results

Women

1 140 SUI Judith Wyder Switzerland 13:01
2 139 DEN Maja Alm Denmark 13:03 +2
3 134 SWE Tove Alexandersson Sweden 13:20 +19
132 SUI Julia Gross Switzerland 13:20 +19
135 SWE Helena Jansson Sweden 13:20 +19
6 116 RUS Galina Vinogradova Russia 13:21 +20
7 119 FIN Venla Niemi Finland 13:26 +25
8 128 SWE Lena Eliasson Sweden 13:48 +47
9 138 FIN Minna Kauppi Finland 13:49 +48
10 122 FIN Marika Teini Finland 13:53 +52
11 127 SUI Rahel Friederich Switzerland 14:01 +1:00
12 136 UKR Nadiya Volynska Ukraine 14:02 +1:01
106 FRA Léa Vercellotti France 14:02 +1:01
14 111 NOR Emma Johansson Norway 14:07 +1:06
15 124 RUS Anastasia Tikhonova Russia 14:10 +1:09
16 126 NOR Gøril Sund Norway 14:13 +1:12
17 107 NOR Silje Jahren Norway 14:15 +1:14
18 109 GBR Tessa Hill Great Britain 14:19 +1:18
19 112 SWE Josefine Engström Sweden 14:20 +1:19
20 114 FIN Anna Närhi Finland 14:21 +1:20
103 SUI Elena Roos Switzerland 14:21 +1:20

Men

1 40 SWE Jonas Leandersson Sweden 12:20
2 38 SUI Daniel Hubmann Switzerland 12:24 +4
3 28 BEL Yannick Michiels Belgium 12:26 +6
4 13 LTU Jonas Vytautas Gvildys Lithuania 12:40 +20
5 39 DEN Tue Lassen Denmark 12:44 +24
6 31 SWE Gustav Bergman Sweden 12:50 +30
7 32 GBR Scott Fraser Great Britain 12:54 +34
8 21 FIN Mårten Boström Finland 13:00 +40
14 NOR Gaute Steiwer Norway 13:00 +40
10 6 FIN Severi Kymäläinen Finland 13:02 +42
11 25 NOR Torgeir Nørbech Norway 13:03 +43
12 35 DEN Søren Bobach Denmark 13:07 +47
13 29 SWE Jerker Lysell Sweden 13:09 +49
14 27 SUI Jonas Mathys Switzerland 13:11 +51
15 36 FRA Frédéric Tranchand France 13:14 +54
16 18 SWE William Lind Sweden 13:21 +1:01
17 11 NOR Øystein Østerbø Norway 13:23 +1:03
23 SUI Andreas Rüedlinger Switzerland 13:23 +1:03
19 34 SWE Martin Regborn Sweden 13:25 +1:05
20 33 SUI Florian Howald Switzerland 13:27 +1:07

Note: Sorry for late update of results – wanted to watch the broadcast in the evening without knowing the winner. Great production, by the way  …

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4 comments

  1. Yep Yep ! Orienteering is now Labyrinth-O, what a great news.

    • I also dont like it. Its not my idea of orienteering.

      An other point: filming runners from front makes them look very very slow. It looked like a total amateur sport

    • It was probably funny to run it, but i don’t like the way orienteering is developping also.

  2. As it seems all (elite) athletes now need to start doing a lot of labyrinths in training … not sure if this development is good for orienteering. In some cases, where the fences are set up in a natural way it might be okay but at the Imatra sprint the set up is way too complicated. Fences crossing a big road are in my opinion a trap for the runners as it is hard to read (the brain is simplifying without our consciousness).