[With race development graphs] Jerker Lysell (SWE) and Maja Alm (DEN) won the Sprint, Matthias Kyburz (SUI) and Helena Jansson (SWE) won the Middle distance and Denmark won the Sprint Relay at World Games 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland.
Although some of the biggest stars were absent at World Games 2017, the competition was excellent, and all winners did great performances. Read more about each of the races below.
Men: Lysell wins – Michiel takes Silver for Belgium
In the men’s class Sweden’s Jerker Lysell climbed two steps up on the podium compared to the Bronze medal at WOC in Estonia a few weeks ago. Yannick Michiels was one of the big favourites at WOC but failed there – now at World Games in Poland Michiels could put Belgium on the map with a silver medal – only 2 seconds behind Lysell. Matthias Kyburz (Switzerland) was less than a second away from the Bronze medal at WOC in Estonia – this time the Swiss runner had the seconds on his side and took the Bronze medal just ahead of Ruslan Glibov of Ukraine.
The below race graph shows the battle for the top positions at the men’s World Games sprint. The battle for Gold was a very tight one between Lysell and Michiels – Lysell was however ahead throughout nearly all of the course after Michiels had a significant time loss to the 4th control. Glibov had a clear bronze position throughout most of the race, but lost to Matthias Kyburz towards the very end of the course.
The Gold medalist from WOC in Estonia, Daniel Hubmann, did not compete at World Games. Silver medalist from WOC Frederic Tranchand did not have a good race and finished in 8th place 31 seconds behind Lysell.
Women: Alm again shows her class
Maja Alm again showed that she is close to unbeatable in the Sprint discipline – partly due to her higher running speed and partly due to excellent orienteering skills. Alm recently ran 3000 meter in 9.05, and aims to run the Olympics in athletics for Denmark in 2020. In second place in the women’s sprint was Elena Roos (Switzerland). Roos has many results in the Top 6 from earlier – and it was very nice to see the Swiss get a medal at World Games this year.Lina Strand (Sweden) followed in 3rd. Strand has been on the podium three times in the World Cup.
Galina Vinogradova and Anastasia Denisova were in Silver and Bronze position a few controls before the finish, but made mistakes towards the end of the course which cost them the medals. Sabine Hauswirth was also in medal position towards the end of the race, but lost too much time. The below splits graph shows the race development – and also how much faster Alm was than everybody else.
The silver and bronze medalists from WOC in Estonia, Natalia Gemperle and Galina Vinogradova finished in 8th and 4th, respectively.
|7||Ralph Street||Great Britain||15:11||+0:31||3:27|
|9||Vojtech Kral||Czech Republic||15:19||+0:38||3:28|
|12||Peter Hodkinson||Great Britain||15:31||+0:50||3:31|
|13||Andreas Hougaard Boesen||Denmark||15:33||+0:53||3:32|
|15||Tim Robertson||New Zealand||15:37||+0:57||3:32|
|19||Hakon Jarvis Westergard||Norway||15:41||+1:01||3:33|
|9||Cecilie Friberg Klysner||Denmark||14:54||+0:55||3:55|
|10||Ida Marie Naess Bjoergul||Norway||15:07||+1:08||3:58|
|11||Laura Robertson||New Zealand||15:09||+1:09||3:59|
|16||Tereza Janosikova||Czech Republic||15:36||+1:36||4:06|
|17||Megan Carter Davies||Great Britain||15:36||+1:37||4:06|
Matthias Kyburz (Switzerland) won 38 seconds ahead of Florian Howald (Switzerland) with Vojtech Kral (Czech Republic) in 3rd at 1:15. It was very nice to see Czech Kral take a medal after many Top 10 races the past years. Kyburz and Howald finished 10th and 7th at WOC Middle in Estonia, respectively.
Matthias Kyburz won the race due to higher speed than the competition – even a one minute mistake at the 20th control (see the race graph below) was not enough for the competitors to beat the fast Swiss runner. This year’s silver medalist from WOC Sprint, Frederic Tranchand, was on his way to taking a medal before he did a mistake of more than a minute at control 26. Gustav Bergman was the only runner who had the same speed as Kyburz, but notably the Swede was caught by Kyburz with 2 minutes.
The Gold medalist from WOC Middle in Estonia, Thierry Gueorgiou did not participate in World Games. Silver and Bronze medalists from WOC Middle, Fabian Hertner and Oleksandr Kratov, finished in 16th and 6th place, respectively.
Helena Jansson (Sweden) won the women’s Middle distance only 3 seconds ahead of Natalia Gemperle (Russia) with Sabine Hauswirth (Switzerland) in 3rd at 1:10. Jansson, Gemperle and Hauswirth finished 6th, 7th and 14th at WOC Middle in Estonia, respectively.
Looking at the race graph below, it is evident that Sabine Hauswirth was on the way towards victory before she made a nearly 2 minute mistake at control 10. The Swiss did however manage to run a relatively good race from there to the finish, and saved a medal. Meanwhile Helena Jansson and Natalia Gemperle had a very tight battle for the win – Gemperle being equal two controls before the finish, but losing a few seconds towards the very end. Denmark’s Cecilie Friberg Klysner was in bronze position until she made a mistake at the 13th control – very nice to see Denmark have another medal candidate in the individual races.
None of the medalists from WOC Middle in Estonia participated at the World Games; Tove Alexandersson (Sweden), Marianne Andersen (Norway) and Venla Harju (Finland). Note that another of the favourites, Maja Alm (Denmark), did not run the Middle distance in order to rest for the Sprint Relay (were she crushed everybody).
|3||Vojtech Kral||Czech Republic||35:20||+1:15||5:30|
|13||Andreas Hougaard Boesen||Denmark||37:26||+3:21||5:49|
|14||Ralph Street||Great Britain||37:27||+3:22||5:50|
|17||Jan Petrzela||Czech Republic||37:58||+3:53||5:54|
|19||Jon Aukrust Osmoen||Norway||38:16||+4:11||5:57|
|20||Hakon Jarvis Westergard||Norway||38:30||+4:25||5:59|
|4||Cecilie Friberg Klysner||Denmark||36:25||+1:41||7:03|
|5||Ida Marie Naess Bjoergul||Norway||36:34||+1:50||7:05|
|13||Tessa Strain||Great Britain||39:10||+4:26||7:35|
Denmark won the Sprint Relay 26 seconds ahead of Switzerland with Russia another 14 seconds behind and Sweden at safe distance at 1:16. Denmark has been the strongest team in the Sprint Relay the last seasons, but lost the most important Sprint Relay of the year to Sweden at the World Championships in Estonia. At World Games Denmark was back on the top again after a very strong last leg by Maja Alm. Alm caught Swiss Sabine Hauswirth with 31 seconds on the last leg, after a combination of higher speed and some bad routechoices by the Swiss runner. Also very important for the victory at this Sprint Relay was Denmark’s Søren Bobach who got Denmark close to the lead after an excellent 3rd leg.
|1. Cecilie Friberg Klysner||16:23||6||16:23||6|
|2. Andreas Hougaard Boesen||15:43||9||32:06||6||0|
|3. Soren Bobach||15:28||4||47:34||4||-2|
|4. Maja Alm||15:23||1||1:02:57||1||-3|
|1. Elena Roos||16:21||3||16:21||3|
|2. Florian Howald||15:27||2||31:48||2||-1|
|3. Matthias Kyburz||15:15||3||47:03||1||-1|
|4. Sabine Hauswirth||16:20||3||1:03:23||2||+1||+0:26|
|1. Natalia Gemperle||16:18||2||16:18||2|
|2. Dmitry Tsvetkov||15:32||5||31:50||3||+1|
|3. Andrey Khramov||15:39||6||47:29||3||0|
|4. Galina Vinogradova||16:08||2||1:03:37||3||0||+0:40|
|1. Lina Strand||16:12||1||16:12||1|
|2. Martin Regborn||15:34||7||31:46||1||0|
|3. Jerker Lysell||15:50||9||47:36||5||+4|
|4. Helena Jansson||16:37||5||1:04:13||4||-1||+1:16|
|1. Tessa Strain||16:37||7||16:37||7|
|2. Peter Hodkinson||15:30||3||32:07||7||0|
|3. Ralph Street||15:14||2||47:21||2||-5|
|4. Megan Carter Davies||16:57||8||1:04:18||5||+3||+1:21|
|1. Denisa Kosova||17:22||11||17:22||11|
|2. Jan Petrzela||15:55||13||33:17||12||+1|
|3. Vojtech Kral||15:07||1||48:24||7||-5|
|4. Tereza Janosikova||16:56||7||1:05:20||6||-1||+2:23|
|1. Weronika Cych||17:28||12||17:28||12|
|2. Piotr Parfianowicz||15:30||3||32:58||10||-2|
|3. Bartosz Pawlak||15:42||7||48:40||10||0|
|4. Aleksandra Hornik||16:41||6||1:05:21||7||-3||+2:24|
|1. Sari Anttonen||16:21||3||16:21||3|
|2. Jesse Laukkarinen||15:43||9||32:04||5||+2|
|3. Elias Kuukka||15:48||8||47:52||6||+1|
|4. Marika Teini||17:41||11||1:05:33||8||+2||+2:36|
|1. Kateryna Dzema||17:29||13||17:29||13|
|2. Oleksandr Kratov||15:32||5||33:01||11||-2|
|3. Ruslan Glibov||15:31||5||48:32||9||-2|
|4. Nadiya Volynska||17:34||10||1:06:06||9||0||+3:09|
|1. Ursula Kadan||16:22||5||16:22||5|
|2. Robert Merl||15:50||11||32:12||8||+3|
|3. Gernot Kerschbaumer||16:17||11||48:29||8||0|
|4. Laura Ramstein||18:03||13||1:06:32||10||+2||+3:35|