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JWOC Sprint: GOLD for Aebersold and Robertson

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[Updated with split time analysis] 17 year old Simona Aebersold (Switzerland) won the women’s class and Tim Robertson (New Zealand) won his second Junior World Championships sprint in a row.

On a hot day in Åmot, Norway, some of the runners struggled keeping up the speed towards the end of the course. Men’s winner Tim Robertson even said he had to walk in some of the climbs in the last part of the race.

Women: Aebersold with a clean race

Simona Aebersold (SUI) won 10 seconds ahead of Heidi Martensson (NOR) with Karoliina Ukskoski (FIN) in 3rd at 0:34. Simona Aebersold won 3 of 14 legs and did nearly no mistakes.

Heidi Mårtensson lost a lot of time early in the race – already more than 30 seconds behind Aebersold at the 4th control. First a mistake in the stony forest at the first control, and then a route choice mistake on the long leg to control 4 (see map below). At the 5th control Mårtensson started the chase, and Mårtensson picked time on Aebersold on all controls except for the second last leg. If Mårtensson wouldn’t have missed time to the second last, she would have been up there on the same time as Aebersold. Aebersold did run fantastic on this leg though – winning it with 4 seconds, so at the end of the day Mårtensson should have used the opportunity early in the course.

Aebersold on the other hand ran a fantastic first part of the race – especially the leg to the 4th control where she with 1:23 was 9 seconds faster than the second fastest (Ukskoski) and 17 seconds faster than Mårtensson.

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Men: Tight fight Robertson vs Niemi

Tim Robertson (NZL) won 3 seconds ahead of Aleksi Niemi (FIN) with Algirdas Bartkevicius (LTU) in 3rd at 0:26. Tim Robertson won 5 of 18 legs in a close to mistake-free race.

Just as in the women’s race there was a tight fight for the victory towards the end of the race. Niemi was faster than Robertson on 7 of the 8 last legs – but Niemi lost some time on the third last control (control 16) by taking a wrong route choice going on the left side of the buildings (see map below), and this saved Robertson’s victory. Niemi did however lose the victory already to the first control: After 36 seconds of running Niemi was down in 60th(!) place, 8 seconds behind Robertson. Robertson on the other hand had a very fast start – leading with 2 seconds on the first control.

Tobia Pezzati (Switzerland) was the only other runner close to Robertson and Niemi, but he had a bad period in the middle part of the race, costing him the possibility to fight for the victory.

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Maps and GPS-tracking

Winner interviews

Results

Men

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1. Tim Robertson NZL 14:31 (+0:00)
2. Aleksi Niemi FIN 14:34 (+0:03)
3. Algirdas Bartkevicius LTU 14:57 (+0:26)
4. Tobia Pezzati SUI 15:04 (+0:33)
4. Thomas Curiger SUI 15:04 (+0:33)
6. Topi Raitanen FIN 15:06 (+0:35)
7. Aidan Smith GBR 15:08 (+0:37)
8. Arnaud Perrin FRA 15:14 (+0:43)
9. Simon Hector SWE 15:19 (+0:48)
10. Quentin Rauturier FRA 15:23 (+0:52)
11. Andreas Soelberg NOR 15:24 (+0:53)
12. Sven Hellmuller SUI 15:25 (+0:54)
13. Krzysztof Rzenca POL 15:30 (+0:59)
13. Joey Hadorn SUI 15:30 (+0:59)
15. Jonas Hubacek CZE 15:31 (+1:00)
15. Markus Holter NOR 15:31 (+1:00)

Women

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1. Simona Aebersold SUI 13:56 (+0:00)
2. Heidi Martensson NOR 14:06 (+0:10)
3. Karoliina Ukskoski FIN 14:30 (+0:34)
4. Sigrid Alexandersen NOR 14:38 (+0:42)
5. Anna Haataja FIN 14:43 (+0:47)
6. Emmi Jokela FIN 15:01 (+1:05)
7. Paula Gross SUI 15:08 (+1:12)
8. Noora Koskinen FIN 15:10 (+1:14)
9. Sofie Bachmann SUI 15:12 (+1:16)
10. Lisa Schubnell SUI 15:19 (+1:23)
11. Antoaneta Dyaksova BUL 15:29 (+1:33)
12. Sandra Grosberga LAT 15:30 (+1:34)
13. Florence Hanauer FRA 15:32 (+1:36)
13. Johanna Oberg SWE 15:32 (+1:36)
15. Marie Olaussen NOR 15:35 (+1:39)

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