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Jukola 2017: IFK Göteborg takes first Jukola victory

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IFK Göteborg secured their first ever Jukola victory after a very tight battle with Koovee on the last leg. IFK was in the lead throughout nearly all of the relay – building up a 7(!) minute lead already after 3 legs. These 7 minutes shrank slowly leg by leg – until Eskil Kinneberg had only 1:40 left when starting on the last leg with Koovee’s Daniel Hubmann following in second place.

The last leg was a real thriller, with Kinneberg losing the lead already to the second control after a “beginner mistake” where the IFK Göteborg runner just continued nearly 100 meters past the control – and lost 2 minutes!

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Hubmann got the lead in his pocket, but did only manage to keep if for a few controls until it was his turn to make a mistake – and suddenly Kinneberg was back in the lead. The gap was not big – but big enough for Hubmann to not have the chance to just run behind.

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Throughout the rest of the leg Kinneberg’s lead varied between 50 seconds and 1:15 – both runners running excellent races.

Tampereen Pyrintö won the battle for third place – far behind the two top teams. Södertälje finished 4th and Halden 5th.

Leg 1: Leg victory for Spanish Perez

Turun Metsänkävijät’s Antonio Martinez Perez surprised Sergey Dobrynin on the last meters of the last leg, and took the prestigious first leg victory on this year’s edition of the Jukola relay. Of the favourite teams, IFK Göteborg had the best first leg finishing in 4th place, only 8 seconds behind Perez. Halden and Koovee were also in the Top 15 with less than a minute up to the leading team, but several other teams lost significant time on the first leg. Kalevan Rasti is organizing this year’s Jukola and the biggest Jukola favourite the last years is therefore not on the start.

1 FIN Turun Metsänkävijät (22) 1:11:18 Antonio Martinez Perez 1:11:18
FIN Rasti-Kurikka (71) Sergey Dobrynin 1:11:18
3 FIN Hiisirasti (56) +6 Dmitry Nakonechnyi 1:11:24
4 SWE IFK Göteborg (5) +8 Max Peter Bejmer 1:11:27
5 NOR IL Tyrving (49) +10 Wojciech Kowalski 1:11:29
6 FIN Hiidenkiertäjät 2 (61) +21 Otto Loukkalahti 1:11:40
7 NOR Halden SK (4) +24 Emil Wingstedt 1:11:42
8 NOR Lillomarka OL (29) +26 Robert Merl 1:11:45
9 FIN MS Parma (10) +33 Yury Tambasau 1:11:51
10 FIN OK Trian (11) +34 Otto Simosas 1:11:53
11 LTU IGTISA (44) +36 Vilius Aleliunas 1:11:55
12 FIN Koovee (1) +38 Topi Anjala 1:11:57
13 FIN Tampereen Pyrintö (12) +38 Pascal Buchs 1:11:57
14 SWE Järla Orientering 2 (98) +42 Alain Denzler 1:12:01
15 SUI OLV Baselland (69) +44 Timon Schweizer 1:12:03

Leg 2: Högstrand takes IFK Göteborg into big lead

IFK Göteborg has been focusing on being alone in the lead throughout the winter training – and Johan Högstrand on the second leg got a lot of opportunity to show his skills after getting a gap early on the leg. Högstrand ran very well alone at the front, coming to the finish with a massive 4 minute lead.  IK Denseln finished second at +4:11 with Koovee at +4:34 in 4th.

1 SWE IFK Göteborg (5) 2:31:24 Johan Högstrand 1:19:57
2 SWE OK Denseln (24) +4:11 Olle Kalered 1:23:28
3 FIN MS Parma (10) +4:28 Arto Talvinen 1:24:00
4 FIN Koovee (1) +4:34 Olexander Kratov 1:24:00
5 FIN Tampereen Pyrintö (12) +4:36 Elias Kuukka 1:24:03
6 FIN Hiidenkiertäjät (9) +4:36 Leonid Novikov 1:23:49
7 LTU IGTISA (44) +4:55 Jonas Vytautas Gvildys 1:24:24
8 NOR IL Tyrving (49) +7:03 Torgeir Nörbech 1:26:57
9 FIN Helsingin Suunnistajat (33) +8:52 Einari Heinaro 1:27:07
10 SWE Göteborg Majorna OK (21) +8:52 Ola Martner 1:22:33
11 SWE Stora Tuna OK (17) +8:55 Joakim Svensk 1:27:05
12 NOR Lillomarka OL (29) +8:57 Nicholas Oskarsson 1:28:36
13 FIN Vehkalahden Veikot (50) +9:12 Tero Föhr 1:26:16
14 FIN Hiidenkiertäjät 2 (61) +10:25 Vilho Loukkalahti 1:30:09
15 SWE Ärla IF (26) +10:28 Petter Eriksson 1:28:32

 

Leg 3: Ruud Bråten increases lead to 7 minutes

On the third leg another IFK Göteborg runner showed that he can run alone in the lead. Vetle Ruud Bråten increased the lead to nearly 7 minutes – now with Koovee in second place. Ruud Bråten was nearly 5 minutes behind the best leg time of Frol’s Paul Sirum, but the closest teams did not mange to run that well, and thus Ruud Bråten could give his team mate Jonas Pilblad an excellent start position.

1 SWE IFK Göteborg (5) 3:41:22 Vetle Ruud Bråten 1:09:58
2 FIN Koovee (1) +6:51 Jani Lakanen 1:12:15
3 FIN Tampereen Pyrintö (12) +7:24 Jarkko Huovila 1:12:46
4 NOR Frol IL (7) +7:44 Paul Sirum 1:05:08
5 FIN Vehkalahden Veikot (50) +8:03 Samu Heiska 1:08:49
6 SWE Ärla IF (26) +8:36 Robbin Kantarp 1:08:06
7 NOR Nydalens SK (20) +8:47 Anders Nordberg 1:06:21
8 SWE OK Denseln (24) +8:51 Mathias Hallmen 1:14:37
9 FIN MS Parma (10) +9:28 Akseli Ruohola 1:14:58
10 FIN Hiidenkiertäjät (9) +10:17 Tomi Närvä 1:15:38
11 NOR IL Tyrving (49) +10:20 Anders Tiltnes 1:13:15
12 LTU IGTISA (44) +10:45 Vytautas Beliunas 1:15:48
13 SWE Södertälje Nykvarn Orienter (6) +10:46 Ivar Lundanes 1:08:26
14 NOR Halden SK (4) +11:08 Fredrik Eliasson 1:10:18
15 NOR Lillomarka OL (29) +12:03 Matthew Speake 1:13:03

Leg 4: Jonas Pilblad nearly keeping the lead

On the 4th leg Jonas Pilblad loses some time, but keeps the lead at nearly 6 minutes for IKF Göteborg even if his race is not a top race. Koovee is still closest after a variable race also by Lauri Sild. Both Göteborg and Kovvee had the chance to get closer to a decision here, but none of them took the chance. Ärla runs a very good 4th leg and is up in 3rd position at +7:57.

1 SWE IFK Göteborg (5) 4:27:25 Jonas Pilblad 46:02
2 FIN Koovee (1) +5:52 Lauri Sild 45:03
3 SWE Ärla IF (26) +7:57 Emil Andersson 45:23
4 NOR Nydalens SK (20) +9:18 Öystein Sörensen 46:34
5 NOR Frol IL (7) +9:22 Lars Sandstad Skjeset 47:41
6 FIN Tampereen Pyrintö (12) +10:30 Severi Kymäläinen 49:09
7 FIN Vaajakosken Terä (23) +10:51 Toni Saari 43:58
8 NOR Halden SK (4) +10:58 Thomas Natvig Årstad 45:53
9 FIN Hiidenkiertäjät (9) +11:32 Eemeli Suominen 47:18
10 FIN MS Parma (10) +11:41 Eero Heinonen 48:16
11 SWE Södertälje Nykvarn Orienter (6) +11:42 Rickard Ohlsson 46:59
12 FIN Helsingin Suunnistajat (33) +12:08 Arttu Syrjäläinen 46:07
13 FIN Vehkalahden Veikot (50) +12:09 Janne Weckman 50:08
14 SWE OK Denseln (24) +12:15 Erik Pettersson 49:26
15 NOR IL Tyrving (49) +14:23 Espen Jakobsen 50:06

Leg 5: Edn losing another two minutes for Göteborg

On leg 5 IFK Göteborg’s Fredrik Edn loses nearly two minutes to Koovee’s Kenny Kivikas, and starts making the fight for the victory really open with 2 legs to go and a gap of “only” 4:11.

1 SWE IFK Göteborg (5) 5:13:08 Fredrik Edn 45:43
2 FIN Koovee (1) +4:18 Kenny Kivikas 44:10
3 NOR Frol IL (7) +8:40 Martin Vister 45:00
4 FIN Tampereen Pyrintö (12) +8:53 Aleksi Niemi 44:06
5 SWE Södertälje Nykvarn Orienter (6) +9:03 Ralph Street 43:03
6 NOR Nydalens SK (20) +9:08 Eirik Langedal Breivik 45:33
7 FIN Vaajakosken Terä (23) +10:11 Jonne Lakanen 45:04
8 SWE Ärla IF (26) +10:39 Henrik Jonsson 48:25
9 NOR Halden SK (4) +10:45 Håkon Raadal Björlo 45:29
10 FIN Helsingin Suunnistajat (33) +10:46 Ollipekka Heikkilä 44:20
11 FIN Hiidenkiertäjät (9) +11:09 Olli-Pekka Koistinen 45:20
12 FIN MS Parma (10) +11:36 Sami Hämäläinen 45:38
13 FIN Vehkalahden Veikot (50) +12:39 Tuomas Mattila 46:13
14 FIN Ikaalisten Nouseva-Voima (13) +15:02 Mikko Knuuttila 45:21
15 FIN Paimion Rasti (18) +17:10 Daniel Stenlund 46:49

Leg 6: Timo Sild makes the battle for victory wide open

On the 6th leg Timo Sild makes the battle for victory between Koovee and IFK Göteborg wide open by catching 2:40 on IFK Göteborg’s Fredrik Bakkman. Sild runs better technically – and his speed is also excellent. The time gap goes slowly down during the leg, finishing down in 1:40. In the battle for third place TP is best, but is nearly 9 minutes behind IFK Göteborg.

1 SWE IFK Göteborg (5) 6:14:18 Fredrik Bakkman 1:01:10
2 FIN Koovee (1) +1:40 Timo Sild 58:31
3 FIN Tampereen Pyrintö (12) +8:49 Florian Howald 1:01:05
4 NOR Halden SK (4) +11:20 Jan Sedivy 1:01:45
5 SWE Södertälje Nykvarn Orienter (6) +11:25 Eric Börjeskog 1:03:32
6 FIN Vaajakosken Terä (23) +12:44 Aki Saari 1:03:43
7 NOR Frol IL (7) +13:53 Yngve Skogstad 1:06:23
8 FIN Helsingin Suunnistajat (33) +13:55 Tuomas Heikkilä 1:04:19
9 NOR Nydalens SK (20) +14:16 Anders Vister 1:06:18
10 SWE Ärla IF (26) +14:47 Rudolfs Zernis 1:05:18
11 FIN Paimion Rasti (18) +17:59 Frederic Tranchand 1:01:58
12 FIN Hiidenkiertäjät (9) +18:23 Matti Kivelä 1:08:23
13 FIN Ikaalisten Nouseva-Voima (13) +19:59 Dmitry Tsvetkov 1:06:07
14 FIN MS Parma (10) +20:00 Henrik Väisänen 1:09:33
15 FIN Vehkalahden Veikot (50) +20:12 Eero Inkeri 1:08:43

Last Leg: Kinneberg misses – but then comes back

IFK Göteborg’s 1:40 minute lead is gone already to the 2nd control where Kinneberg does a big mistake – going much too high and passing the control. Koovee’s Daniel Hubmann goes straight into the control, and builds up a 20-30 seconds lead to Kinneberg. To the 5th control it is however Hubmann’s time to make a mistake, and suddenly Kinneberg is in the lead again. Kinneberg pushes hard and manages to build the lead up to nearly a minute. For the rest of the leg both Kinneberg and Hubmann run very good and stable races, and the lead fluctates between 50 and 60 seconds. And in the end Kinneberg can celebrate IFK Göteborg’s first Jukola victory!

1 5 IFK Göteborg SWE 7:31:45
1 Max Peter Bejmer 1:11:27
2 Johan Högstrand 1:19:57 2:31:24
3 Vetle Ruud Bråten 1:09:58 3:41:22
4 Jonas Pilblad 46:02 4:27:25
5 Fredrik Edn 45:43 5:13:08
6 Fredrik Bakkman 1:01:10 6:14:18
7 Eskil Kinneberg 1:17:26 7:31:45
2 1 Koovee FIN 7:32:51
1 Topi Anjala 1:11:57
2 Olexander Kratov 1:24:00 2:35:58
3 Jani Lakanen 1:12:15 3:48:13
4 Lauri Sild 45:03 4:33:17
5 Kenny Kivikas 44:10 5:17:27
6 Timo Sild 58:31 6:15:59
7 Daniel Hubmann 1:16:52 7:32:51
3 12 Tampereen Pyrintö FIN 7:41:31
1 Pascal Buchs 1:11:57
2 Elias Kuukka 1:24:03 2:36:00
3 Jarkko Huovila 1:12:46 3:48:46
4 Severi Kymäläinen 49:09 4:37:56
5 Aleksi Niemi 44:06 5:22:02
6 Florian Howald 1:01:05 6:23:07
7 Johan Runesson 1:18:23 7:41:31
4 6 Södertälje Nykvarn Orienter SWE 7:42:30
1 Erik Liljequist 1:18:05
2 Kent Ohlsson 1:25:37 2:43:42
3 Ivar Lundanes 1:08:26 3:52:08
4 Rickard Ohlsson 46:59 4:39:08
5 Ralph Street 43:03 5:22:11
6 Eric Börjeskog 1:03:32 6:25:44
7 Jonas Leandersson 1:16:45 7:42:30
5 4 Halden SK NOR 7:44:02
1 Emil Wingstedt 1:11:42
2 Eirik Kamstrup Hovind 1:30:29 2:42:11
3 Fredrik Eliasson 1:10:18 3:52:30
4 Thomas Natvig Årstad 45:53 4:38:24
5 Håkon Raadal Björlo 45:29 5:23:53
6 Jan Sedivy 1:01:45 6:25:39
7 Magne Dähli 1:18:22 7:44:02
6 33 Helsingin Suunnistajat FIN 7:47:43
1 Topi Raitanen 1:13:09
2 Einari Heinaro 1:27:07 2:40:16
3 Veli Kangas 1:13:10 3:53:27
4 Arttu Syrjäläinen 46:07 4:39:34
5 Ollipekka Heikkilä 44:20 5:23:54
6 Tuomas Heikkilä 1:04:19 6:28:14
7 Olli Ojanaho 1:19:29 7:47:43
7 18 Paimion Rasti FIN 7:47:51
1 Jesse Laukkarinen 1:15:42
2 Bartosz Pawlak 1:26:33 2:42:15
3 Mikko Huhtinen 1:13:56 3:56:12
4 Markus Lindeqvist 47:17 4:43:29
5 Daniel Stenlund 46:49 5:30:19
6 Frederic Tranchand 1:01:58 6:32:18
7 Olav Lundanes 1:15:32 7:47:51
8 9 Hiidenkiertäjät FIN 7:50:32
1 Mikko Patana 1:12:11
2 Leonid Novikov 1:23:49 2:36:01
3 Tomi Närvä 1:15:38 3:51:39
4 Eemeli Suominen 47:18 4:38:58
5 Olli-Pekka Koistinen 45:20 5:24:18
6 Matti Kivelä 1:08:23 6:32:42
7 Valentin Novikov 1:17:50 7:50:32
9 7 Frol IL NOR 7:50:40
1 Stian Sundsvik 1:17:20
2 Jo Forseth Indgaard 1:26:37 2:43:57
3 Paul Sirum 1:05:08 3:49:06
4 Lars Sandstad Skjeset 47:41 4:36:47
5 Martin Vister 45:00 5:21:48
6 Yngve Skogstad 1:06:23 6:28:11
7 Ulf Forseth Indgaard 1:22:28 7:50:40
10 15 OK Ravinen SWE 7:53:46
1 Jonathan Crickmore 1:13:59
2 Kalle Bergman 1:34:33 2:48:33
3 Emil Granqvist 1:11:00 3:59:34
4 Axel Granqvist 48:10 4:47:44
5 Martin Poklop 49:44 5:37:29
6 Ruslan Glebov 1:00:02 6:37:31
7 Gustav Bergman 1:16:15 7:53:46
11 8 OK Linne SWE 7:53:53
1 Jakob Andersson 1:18:51
2 Milos Nykodym 1:33:20 2:52:12
3 Rassmus Andersson 1:07:29 3:59:42
4 Mats Troeng 45:40 4:45:22
5 Jan Troeng 47:25 5:32:48
6 Oskar Sjöberg 1:02:23 6:35:11
7 Albin Ridefelt 1:18:42 7:53:53
12 26 Ärla IF SWE 7:54:30
1 Viktor Silvemark 1:13:20
2 Petter Eriksson 1:28:32 2:41:52
3 Robbin Kantarp 1:08:06 3:49:59
4 Emil Andersson 45:23 4:35:22
5 Henrik Jonsson 48:25 5:23:47
6 Rudolfs Zernis 1:05:18 6:29:05
7 Karl Walheim 1:25:24 7:54:30
13 50 Vehkalahden Veikot FIN 7:55:43
1 Andris Jubelis 1:14:19
2 Tero Föhr 1:26:16 2:40:36
3 Samu Heiska 1:08:49 3:49:25
4 Janne Weckman 50:08 4:39:34
5 Tuomas Mattila 46:13 5:25:48
6 Eero Inkeri 1:08:43 6:34:31
7 Marc Lauenstein 1:21:12 7:55:43
14 13 Ikaalisten Nouseva-Voima FIN 7:55:54
1 Vesa Taanila 1:17:45
2 Aleksi Karppinen 1:24:23 2:42:08
3 Ville Parkkinen 1:13:26 3:55:34
4 Tero Linnainmaa 47:14 4:42:49
5 Mikko Knuuttila 45:21 5:28:10
6 Dmitry Tsvetkov 1:06:07 6:34:18
7 Eetu Savolainen 1:21:36 7:55:54
15 23 Vaajakosken Terä FIN 7:56:39
1 Riccardo Rancan 1:13:22
2 Juha Sorvisto 1:28:37 2:42:00
3 Lauri Oikarinen 1:12:17 3:54:17
4 Toni Saari 43:58 4:38:16
5 Jonne Lakanen 45:04 5:23:20
6 Aki Saari 1:03:43 6:27:03
7 Ilari Sulkula 1:29:36 7:56:39

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