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WOC 2018 Sprint Relay: Maps and Results

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Sweden won the WOC Sprint Relay for the second time in a row – after replacing three of the runners from last year’s winning team, with Karolin Ohlsson deciding after a secure run on the last leg. Switzerland finished second after a good last leg by Judith Wyder. The strongest woman of the day was Maja Alm – giving Denmark the bronze medal after closing a gap of a minute on the last leg!

Tove Alexandersson took the lead already to the first control, and even without running a top race she finished first after the first leg. The Swedish men on the second and third leg – Emil Svensk and Jonas Leandersson – decided the race for Sweden by running very strong races – simply running away from the Swiss men. Switzerland did not put there best male sprinters on the Sprint Relay this year – with both Daniel Hubmann and Matthias Kyburz resting for the forest races. That might have cost Switzerland the gold medal?

The Swedish men on the second and third leg – Emil Svensk and Jonas Leandersson – decided the race for Sweden

Exciting battle for bronze!

The most interesting part of the relay was the battle for bronze medal on the last leg. Sweden was in a clear 47 second leg with Norway and Czech Republic in shared second position. Another 3 seconds behind was Great Britain and Switzerland, with Russia another second behind at +51 seconds. Denmark was down at 1:44, and the big question was: How much can Maja Alm catch on the other teams? The answer: A lot! In the end Alm finished at +47 seconds, 30(!) seconds ahead of Norway in 4th place and with Czech Republic another 6 seconds behind in 5th. What a performance by the Danish super-sprinter!

Maps and GPS-tracking

See below for maps/GPS-tracking. The courses were focused on fair forking and different routechoices for different forkings. The technical challenges were not the biggest, but still several athletes made non-optimal routechoices under the high competition pressure.

WOC Sprint Relay, Leg 1

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WOC Sprint Relay, Leg 2

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WOC Sprint Relay, Leg 3

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WOC Sprint Relay, Leg 4

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Results

1 Sweden 58:27
1. Tove Alexandersson 14:32 1 14:32 1
2. Emil Svensk 14:58 3 29:30 1 0
3. Jonas Leandersson 14:53 1 44:23 1 0
4. Karolin Ohlsson 14:04 3 58:27 1 0
2 Switzerland 58:58 +0:31
1. Elena Roos 14:36 2 14:36 2
2. Florian Howald 15:12 5 29:48 3 +1
3. Fabian Hertner 15:25 7 45:13 4 +1
4. Judith Wyder 13:45 2 58:58 2 -2 +0:31
3 Denmark 59:14 +0:47
1. Amanda Falck Weber 14:56 9 14:56 9
2. Tue Lassen 15:27 9 30:23 10 +1
3. Jakob Edsen 15:44 10 46:07 7 -3
4. Maja Alm 13:07 1 59:14 3 -4 +0:47
4 Norway 59:44 +1:17
1. Silje Ekroll Jahren 14:37 3 14:37 3
2. Oystein Kvaal Osterbo 15:13 6 29:50 4 +1
3. Hakon Jarvis Westergard 15:20 6 45:10 2 -2
4. Andrine Benjaminsen 14:34 5 59:44 4 +2 +1:17
5 Czech Republic 59:50 +1:23
1. Jana Knapova 14:45 7 14:45 7
2. Milos Nykodym 15:16 7 30:01 5 -2
3. Vojtech Kral 15:09 4 45:10 2 -3
4. Tereza Janosikova 14:40 7 59:50 5 +3 +1:23
6 Russian Federation 59:51 +1:24
1. Anastasia Rudnaya 14:43 6 14:43 6
2. Andrey Khramov 15:27 9 30:10 7 +1
3. Artem Popov 15:04 3 45:14 6 -1
4. Galina Vinogradova 14:37 6 59:51 6 0 +1:24
7 Great Britain 1:00:39 +2:12
1. Charlotte Ward 15:15 12 15:15 12
2. Kristian Jones 14:19 1 29:34 2 -10
3. Peter Hodkinson 15:39 9 45:13 4 +2
4. Megan Carter Davies 15:26 10 1:00:39 7 +3 +2:12
8 Finland 1:00:58 +2:31
1. Kirsi Nurmi 15:10 10 15:10 10
2. Miika Kirmula 15:41 14 30:51 11 +1
3. Aleksi Niemi 15:17 5 46:08 8 -3
4. Anna Narhi 14:50 8 1:00:58 8 0 +2:31
9 Poland 1:01:14 +2:47
1. Agata Stankiewicz 15:15 12 15:15 12
2. Piotr Parfianowicz 15:07 4 30:22 8 -4
3. Bartosz Pawlak 15:49 11 46:11 9 +1
4. Aleksandra Hornik 15:03 9 1:01:14 9 0 +2:47
10 Estonia 1:02:25 +3:58
1. Annika Rihma 14:52 8 14:52 8
2. Kenny Kivikas 15:30 11 30:22 8 0
3. Kristo Heinmann 16:16 16 46:38 12 +4
4. Evely Kaasiku 15:47 14 1:02:25 10 -2 +3:58

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