Matthias Kyburz (Switzerland) and Tove Alexandersson (Sweden) won the the European Championships (EOC) KO-Sprint in Vicenza, Italy – the last race in this year’s EOC and also in the 2023 World Cup . Both Kyburz and Alexandersson also won the overall World Cup with their good races this last World Cup round.
Matthias Kyburz and Tove Alexandersson seemed to have higher speed than the others today, that being a decisive factor. In the men’s class, Jonatan Gustaffson and Emil Svensk (both Sweden) finished 2nd and 3rd. In the women’s class the other medals went to Elena Roos and Natalia Gemperle (both Switzerland).
With both the semi-finals and final unforked, the races were a lot about fast running – but with mistakes and non-optimal routechoices playing a role in some of the heats. The quarter-finals used “Runners Choice” forking, with more challenging orienteering according to the men’s winner Matthias Kyburz.
Kasper Fosser (Norway), who was in the lead in the overall World Cup ahead of the final race, was unfortunate and crashed heavily with another competitor, Joey Hadorn (Switzerland), around a corner towards the end of the racewhen on the way to a top result in one of the quarterfinal. Both had to abandon their races and travel to the hospital for checks – according to the IOF there are no serious injuries. After the race there was some critics from the women’s winner, Tove Alexandersson, about the runners’ safety – giving this crash as one example – and also the dangers involved when running in a city center with many people everywhere (who are not aware that there is a race going on).
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