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Jukola 2016: Koovee wins exciting relay

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[With recap of the relay leg-by-leg] Koovee run a very strong Jukola relay – being within 2 seconds from the lead all the way from the second exchange to the finish. Oleksandr Kratov decided it for Kovee on the 6th leg of 7 by giving Daniel Hubmann a nearly 5 minute lead. Hubmann made it a bit exciting again by letting the other teams get as close at 1:13, but in the end the victory was clear.

In Kovee’s international team ran Topi Anjala (Finland), Lauri & Timo Sild (Estonia), Jani Myllärinen & Jani Lakanen (Finland), Olexandr Kratov (Ukraine) and Daniel Hubmann (Switzerland).

IFK Lidingö’s Fredrik Bakkman ran Lidingö in to second place 1:20 behind Koovee. Kalevan Rasti’s Thierry Gueorgiou pushed hard to catch Koovee for a long time, but got problems keeping up with Bakkman after the arena passage.

See below for a leg-by-leg story about how the relay developed. Final results are at the very end of the article.

– I did not take it easy, but I was maybe not pushing 100%, Daniel Hubmann said after the race. – It is not good when I start getting lazy. The others were maybe pushing each other.

Leg 1: Rehn’s Lysell takes the leg – all favourites in the match

The first leg of Jukola is not were you win the race, but it is definitely were you can loose the race. Rehns BK’s Jerker Lysell ran an impressive last part of the leg and won the leg 46 seconds ahead of Halden’s second team. None of the big favourites lost the race on this leg – but Koovee was more than 2 minutes behind in 28th after Topi Anjala lost some time.

1 Rehns BK (60) 1:03:03 Jerker Lysell 1:03:03
2 Halden SK 2 (30) +46 Antonio Martinez Perez 1:03:49
3 Angelniemen Ankkuri (27) +48 Miika Kirmula 1:03:51
4 IFK Moras OK 2 (72) +58 Simon Hodler 1:04:01
5 Hiidenkiertäjät (8) +1:01 Mikko Patana 1:04:04
6 OK Kåre (100) +1:02 Isac Von Krusenstierna 1:04:06
7 Fossum IF (36) +1:03 Olai Stensland Lillevold 1:04:07
8 OK Trian (22) +1:10 Mikael Fabritius 1:04:13
9 Kalevan Rasti (3) +1:11 Aaro Asikainen 1:04:15
10 MS Parma (18) +1:15 Yury Tambasau 1:04:19
11 Södertälje Nykvarn Orienter (15) +1:18 Bartosz Pawlak 1:04:21
12 Fossum IF 2 (70) +1:21 Einar Melsom 1:04:25
13 Varegg IL (56) +1:24 Alan Cherry 1:04:28
14 Göteborg Majorna OK 2 (37) +1:26 John Börjesson 1:04:30
15 Frol IL 2 (96) +1:28 Stian Sundsvik 1:04:32
28 Koovee (9) +2:13 Topi Anjala 1:05:16

Leg 2: Linné’s Jan Troeng takes the leg – big leading group

The second leg did not lead to big changes in the top of the field. OK Linné’s Jan Troeng took the leg victory after an excellent finish. Throughout the leg Linné had been alone in the lead along with Järla, but in the end a lot of teams came back together with Troeng taking the honors after his traditional fast finish.

Lauri Sild for Koovee: – I did not feel that I did good night orienteering today, but I still managed to avoid bigger mistakes. I felt quite good physically which was quite surprising because I have had a long break from my running training due to trouble with my knee.

1 OK Linne (4) 2:22:00 Jan Troeng 1:17:21
2 Koovee (9) +2 Lauri Sild 1:16:45
3 Kalevan Rasti (3) +8 Hannu Airila 1:17:53
4 Järla Orientering (11) +10 Olle Boström 1:17:35
5 Stora Tuna OK (13) +11 Jesper Svensk 1:15:26
6 Frol IL (28) +12 Martin Vister 1:16:34
7 Ikaalisten Nouseva-Voima (19) +14 Aleksi Karppinen 1:15:36
8 Södertälje Nykvarn Orienter (15) +20 Kent Ohlsson 1:17:59
9 Halden SK (2) +23 Jarkko Huovila 1:16:54
10 Kalevan Rasti 2 (39) +25 Simo-Pekka Fincke 1:15:07
11 IFK Lidingö SOK (16) +26 Filip Dahlgren 1:16:18
12 Hiidenkiertäjät (8) +28 Andreas Hall 1:18:24
13 OK Ravinen (24) +29 Emil Granqvist 1:16:34
14 Tullinge SK (49) +30 Simon Imark 1:15:19
15 Vaajakosken Terä (77) +32 Petri Saari 1:16:12

Leg 3: Halden’s Lundanes builds a gap – caught by Bergman towards end

The long 3rd leg was the first fight between the big names in this year’s Jukola relay: Olav Lundanes for Halden, Baptiste Rollier for Kalevan Rasti, Gustav Bergman for Ravinen, Timo Sild for Koovee. Halden did an interesting tactical move by putting Olav Lundanes on the 3rd leg – according to the Finnish speaker the goal was to try to get a 3-4 minute lead on this leg to set up Håkon Rådal Bjørlo on the 4th leg.

Halden’s plan looked like it could work from the start. Kalevan Rasti’s Rollier did a small mistake on a forking control, giving Lundanes the back free. 25 seconds increased to 40 seconds – but then stabilized in that range.  The group behind raced well, but still struggled to catch Lundanes. Towards the end of the leg Gustav Bergman with Timo Sild got away from the others in the group through good orienteering – and finally caught Olav Lundanes on the very last controls. Bergman really wanted a leg win – and used this motivation to push himself the necessary meters ahead of Koovee’s Timo Sild and Halden’s Oalv Lundanes.

Elias Kuukka did as he did at Långa natten at 10Mila – run a great leg (this time together with Fredric Portin) and won the leg.

1 OK Ravinen (24) 3:44:31 Gustav Bergman 1:22:01
2 Koovee (9) +1 Timo Sild 1:22:29
3 Halden SK (2) +1 Olav Lundanes 1:22:08
4 OK Linne (4) +47 Rassmus Andersson 1:23:17
5 Kalevan Rasti (3) +47 Babtiste Rollier 1:23:09
6 Järla Orientering (11) +49 Martin Härberg 1:23:10
7 IFK Lidingö SOK (16) +59 Hector Haines 1:23:03
8 Frol IL (28) +1:04 Jo Forseth Indgaard 1:23:21
9 Hiidenkiertäjät (8) +1:04 Oskari Liukkonen 1:23:06
10 Rehns BK (60) +1:04 Jesper Lysell 1:22:55
11 Södertälje Nykvarn Orienter (15) +1:08 Ivar Lundanes 1:23:18
12 Nydalens SK (45) +1:11 Anders Nordberg 1:22:52
13 Koovee 2 (143) +1:16 Jarno Parkkinen 1:23:07
14 OK Trian (22) +1:17 Topi Penttinen 1:23:05
15 MS Parma (18) +1:21 Arto Talvinen 1:22:56

Leg 4: Koovee’s local hero Jani Myllärinen takes the leg for Koovee

After being very close to the lead at the changeover after 2 and 3 legs, Koovee was finally alone in the lead after 4 legs. Local hero Jani Myllärinen – very familiar with the terrain in the Jukola area – ran a very good and steady race and had at one point a lead of nearly 2 minutes down to Halden in second place. Towards the end of the leg the other teams got closer though, the lead for Koovee shrinking to 56 seconds in the end.

Halden’s young runner Håkon Rådal Bjørlo had some small trouble at the start of the leg, but with a good final part of the leg he reduced the damages to less than one minute time loss and 2nd place – still very much in the fight for victory.

1 Koovee (9) 4:35:27 Jani Myllärinen 50:54
2 Halden SK (2) +56 Håkon Raadal Björlo 51:50
3 Kalevan Rasti (3) +1:06 Jan Prochazka 51:14
4 Järla Orientering (11) +1:14 Alain Denzler 51:20
5 Malungs OK Skogsmårdarna (5) +1:16 Thomas Carlsson 50:41
6 MS Parma (18) +1:24 Matti Koivisto 50:58
7 Södertälje Nykvarn Orienter (15) +1:26 Jakob Enmark 51:13
8 Hiidenkiertäjät (8) +1:27 Matti Kivelä 51:18
9 Koovee 2 (143) +1:34 Jouni Heinonen 51:13
10 Rehns BK (60) +1:42 Göran Winblad 51:33
11 Tampereen Pyrintö (23) +2:13 Severi Kymäläinen 49:54
12 Frol IL (28) +2:22 Lars Sandstad Skjeset 52:14
13 IFK Göteborg (12) +2:38 Vetle Ruud Bråten 48:28
14 IFK Lidingö SOK (16) +3:07 Erik Ivarsson Sandberg 53:03
15 Nydalens SK (45) +3:31 Henrik Eijsink 53:16

Leg 5: Koovee’s Lakanen on steady course – still more than 50 second lead

Koovee’s 5th leg runner Jani Lakanen kept the lead for Koovee – keeping Halden at 1:10, Kalevan Rasti at 1:44. Closest after this leg was Malungs in 2nd place at + 53 seconds. Lakanen named this one of his best relay runs. A small 30 second mistake at the start of the course, after that excellent orienteering. When asked about his high speed towards the end of the leg, Jani Lakanen replied that he has been training for short distances. A job he obviously has been doing well. After his good 5th leg, Lakanen was confident that he and his team mates had laid a perfect groundwork for Kratov and Hubmann on the two last legs.

– There is a 90% chance that we win Jukola now, Lakanen said. – We have prepared very well in this terrain type. And Hubmann is prepared to run alone on the last leg.

1 Koovee (9) 5:25:20 Jani Lakanen 49:53
2 Malungs OK Skogsmårdarna (5) +53 Anton Östlin 49:30
3 Halden SK (2) +1:10 Eirik Kampstrup Hovind 50:06
4 Kalevan Rasti (3) +1:44 Fabian Hertner 50:32
5 Södertälje Nykvarn Orienter (15) +2:03 Eric Börjeskog 50:31
6 IFK Lidingö SOK (16) +2:18 Öystein Kvaal Österbö 49:05
7 MS Parma (18) +2:36 Aaro Julkunen 51:06
8 Frol IL (28) +2:37 Paul Sirum 50:08
9 OK Trian (22) +3:45 Mlkko Salervo 50:05
10 IFK Göteborg (12) +4:08 Niclas Jonasson 51:23
11 Hiidenkiertäjät (8) +5:13 Olli-Pekka Koistinen 53:39
12 Nydalens SK (45) +5:44 Anders Vister 52:06
13 Järla Orientering (11) +5:48 Mattias Hall 54:28
14 Koovee 2 (143) +7:47 Kari Kallio 56:06
15 Ikaalisten Nouseva-Voima (19) +7:47 Ville Parkkinen 52:46

Leg 6: Halden out of fight after 3:30 Wingstedt mistake – Koovee into big lead

Going into the 6th leg the relay was completely open with Koovee’s Kratov in a 50 second lead ahead of Malung’s David Andersson with Halden’s Emil Wingstedt at 1:10 and with Kalevan Rasti’s Jan Petrzela also well within shooting range at 1:44. However, this turned out to be the leg where Koovee got a big gap. Not only because Kratov ran and orienteered very well (after struggling physically earlier this season) – but more because the other teams made mistakes. The biggest one was Halden’s Emil Wingsted who lost more than 3 minutes on a long leg early in the course while trying to catch another team and loosing control over his orienteering. Wingstedt lost even more time later in the leg, and in the end was 8:30(!) behind at the changeover.

Meanwhile the other teams chasing Koovee also struggled with the orienteering, making several small mistakes. Malung and Kalevan Rasti both had trouble. And thus Kratov could enjoy a nearly 5 minute wait in the finish before the second team, Kalevan Rasti, came to the changeover.

1 Koovee (9) 6:30:24 Olexandr Kratov 1:05:04
2 Kalevan Rasti (3) +4:38 Jan Petrzela 1:07:57
3 IFK Lidingö SOK (16) +4:41 Mårten Boström 1:07:26
4 Malungs OK Skogsmårdarna (5) +4:52 David Andersson 1:09:03
5 Södertälje Nykvarn Orienter (15) +7:14 Ralph Street 1:10:15
6 Frol IL (28) +7:19 Yngve Skogstad 1:09:46
7 Halden SK (2) +8:32 Emil Wingstedt 1:12:26
8 IFK Göteborg (12) +8:36 Max Peter Bejmer 1:09:32
9 MS Parma (18) +9:14 Samuli Salmenoja 1:11:42
10 Hiidenkiertäjät (8) +9:43 Leonid Novikov 1:09:34
11 OK Trian (22) +9:51 Tobias Henriksson 1:11:10
12 OK Linne (4) +14:26 Oskar Sjöberg 1:05:53
13 Ikaalisten Nouseva-Voima (19) +16:56 Mihail Mamleev 1:14:12
14 Järla Orientering (11) +16:58 Espen Hultgreen Weltzien 1:16:14
15 Tampereen Pyrintö (23) +17:01 Aleksi Niemi 1:11:24

Leg 7: Koovee’s Daniel Hubmann struggles in the start

Going into the last leg this looked like an easy Sunday morning jog for Daniel Hubmann. Nearly 5 minutes down to Thierry Gueorgiou looked like a very safe lead. But Gueorgiou along with IFK Lidingö’s Fredrik Bakkman pushed hard from the start, pushing the gap gradually down. First to 3 minutes, then 2 minutes, and before the arena passage with 7 kilometers to go the gap was nearly down to 1 minute.

– I did not take it easy, but I was maybe not pushing 100%, Daniel Hubmann said after the race. – It is not good when I start getting lazy. The others were maybe pushing each other.

What is definitely certain is that Hubmann had not expected to have the other teams nearly onto his back. – I was very surprised when I heard at the arena passage that the gap was only a minute, Hubmann told when asked about the indicent.

It was also clear that Hubmann had more power in him. Right after the arena passage the gap went up with nearly a minute – and even a small mistake by Hubmann towards the end was not enough for the other teams to get contact.

Behind Koovee the battle was between Lidingö’s Fredrik Bakkman and Kalevan Rasti’s Thierry Gueorgiou. Gueorgiou seemed fresher before the arena passage, but after the arena passage Bakkmann seemed to get a gap to Gueorgiou. Then Gueorgiou tried another routechoice and lost even more time – and the battle for second place.

 

1 Koovee (9) 8:03:46 Daniel Hubmann 1:33:21
2 IFK Lidingö SOK (16) +1:20 Fredrik Bakkman 1:30:00
3 Kalevan Rasti (3) +2:28 Thierry Gueorgiou 1:31:11
4 Malungs OK Skogsmårdarna (5) +5:31 William Lind 1:34:00
5 Halden SK (2) +5:44 Magne Dähli 1:30:33
6 IFK Göteborg (12) +5:55 Eskil Kinneberg 1:30:39
7 Södertälje Nykvarn Orienter (15) +9:19 Jonas Leandersson 1:35:25
8 Frol IL (28) +11:16 Ulf Forseth Indgaard 1:37:18
9 OK Linne (4) +11:38 Albin Ridefelt 1:30:33
10 Hiidenkiertäjät (8) +11:52 Valentin Novikov 1:35:30
11 MS Parma (18) +12:37 Sami Hämäläinen 1:36:44
12 OK Trian (22) +14:15 Otto Simosas 1:37:44
13 Tampereen Pyrintö (23) +19:01 Florian Howald 1:35:20
14 Ikaalisten Nouseva-Voima (19) +21:48 Dmitry Tsvetkov 1:38:13
15 Järla Orientering (11) +22:05 Håkon Jarvis Westergård 1:38:27

Full results for top teams

1 9 Koovee FIN 8:03:46
1 Topi Anjala 1:05:16
2 Lauri Sild 1:16:45 2:22:02
3 Timo Sild 1:22:29 3:44:32
4 Jani Myllärinen 50:54 4:35:27
5 Jani Lakanen 49:53 5:25:20
6 Olexandr Kratov 1:05:04 6:30:24
7 Daniel Hubmann 1:33:21 8:03:46
2 16 IFK Lidingö SOK SWE 8:05:06
1 Julian Dent 1:06:09
2 Filip Dahlgren 1:16:18 2:22:27
3 Hector Haines 1:23:03 3:45:30
4 Erik Ivarsson Sandberg 53:03 4:38:34
5 Öystein Kvaal Österbö 49:05 5:27:39
6 Mårten Boström 1:07:26 6:35:05
7 Fredrik Bakkman 1:30:00 8:05:06
3 3 Kalevan Rasti FIN 8:06:14
1 Aaro Asikainen 1:04:15
2 Hannu Airila 1:17:53 2:22:08
3 Babtiste Rollier 1:23:09 3:45:18
4 Jan Prochazka 51:14 4:36:33
5 Fabian Hertner 50:32 5:27:05
6 Jan Petrzela 1:07:57 6:35:03
7 Thierry Gueorgiou 1:31:11 8:06:14
4 5 Malungs OK Skogsmårdarna SWE 8:09:17
1 Erik Rost 1:04:37
2 Jakob Lööf 1:18:02 2:22:39
3 Johan Bäckman 1:23:22 3:46:01
4 Thomas Carlsson 50:41 4:36:43
5 Anton Östlin 49:30 5:26:13
6 David Andersson 1:09:03 6:35:17
7 William Lind 1:34:00 8:09:17
5 2 Halden SK NOR 8:09:30
1 Andreas Ruedlinger 1:05:30
2 Jarkko Huovila 1:16:54 2:22:24
3 Olav Lundanes 1:22:08 3:44:32
4 Håkon Raadal Björlo 51:50 4:36:23
5 Eirik Kampstrup Hovind 50:06 5:26:30
6 Emil Wingstedt 1:12:26 6:38:57
7 Magne Dähli 1:30:33 8:09:30
6 12 IFK Göteborg SWE 8:09:41
1 Fredrik Eden 1:07:23
2 Jonas Pilblad 1:19:00 2:26:23
3 Johan Högstrand 1:23:13 3:49:36
4 Vetle Ruud Bråten 48:28 4:38:05
5 Niclas Jonasson 51:23 5:29:29
6 Max Peter Bejmer 1:09:32 6:39:01
7 Eskil Kinneberg 1:30:39 8:09:41
7 15 Södertälje Nykvarn Orienter SWE 8:13:05
1 Bartosz Pawlak 1:04:21
2 Kent Ohlsson 1:17:59 2:22:21
3 Ivar Lundanes 1:23:18 3:45:40
4 Jakob Enmark 51:13 4:36:53
5 Eric Börjeskog 50:31 5:27:24
6 Ralph Street 1:10:15 6:37:39
7 Jonas Leandersson 1:35:25 8:13:05
8 28 Frol IL NOR 8:15:02
1 Carl Petter Lyngen 1:05:39
2 Martin Vister 1:16:34 2:22:13
3 Jo Forseth Indgaard 1:23:21 3:45:35
4 Lars Sandstad Skjeset 52:14 4:37:50
5 Paul Sirum 50:08 5:27:58
6 Yngve Skogstad 1:09:46 6:37:44
7 Ulf Forseth Indgaard 1:37:18 8:15:02
9 4 OK Linne SWE 8:15:24
1 Henrik Löfås 1:04:38
2 Jan Troeng 1:17:21 2:22:00
3 Rassmus Andersson 1:23:17 3:45:18
4 Mats Troeng 1:01:21 4:46:39
5 Jakob Andersson 52:18 5:38:57
6 Oskar Sjöberg 1:05:53 6:44:51
7 Albin Ridefelt 1:30:33 8:15:24
10 8 Hiidenkiertäjät FIN 8:15:38
1 Mikko Patana 1:04:04
2 Andreas Hall 1:18:24 2:22:28
3 Oskari Liukkonen 1:23:06 3:45:35
4 Matti Kivelä 51:18 4:36:54
5 Olli-Pekka Koistinen 53:39 5:30:33
6 Leonid Novikov 1:09:34 6:40:08
7 Valentin Novikov 1:35:30 8:15:38

Full results

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