Tove Alexandersson (Sweden) and Matthias Kyburz (Switzerland) won the middle distance at the European Championships middle distance in Czech Republic Friday.
Both won their second gold medal at this championships – Alexandersson in long and middle and Kyburz in sprint and middle.
Alexandersson in own class
Alexandersson ran fast and also had a good technical race – leading to a very clear victory with more than 2 minutes down to Judith Wyder (Switzerland) in second and with Marika Teini (Finland) in third. Alexandersson Tove lost 16 seconds or less to the leg winner on all legs – that was least of all runners in this race. Wyder had a mistake of more than 2 minutes at the third control – and managed to keep Alexandersson’s speed from there to the finish and secure a silver medal.
Bergman with nearly optimal race
In the men’s class, Gustav Bergman (Sweden) took the silver medal after a very strong race – 34 seconds behind Kyburz. Except for the 14th control, Bergman looked like a winner. But the one minute mistake at the 14th control was enough to make the gold go to Switzerland. Bronze medal went to Lucas Basset (France) at +0:51- his second championships medal on the middle distance in a row. Lucas Basset lost 18 seconds or less to the leg winner on all legs – that was least of all runners in this race. The fight for victory was close; Bergman Gustav (lost 57 seconds at leg 14, finished 34 seconds behind in 2nd) was only one control away from beating Kyburz Matthias.
Maps & GPS-tracking
|14.||Kaas Carl Godager||NOR||34:18||(+2:22)|