Double gold for Sweden with Tove Alexandersson and Emil Svensk in today’s European Orienteering Championships (EOC) Sprint.
In the women’s class Alexandersson won ahead of two Swiss runners – Elena Roos and Simona Aebersold. In the men’s class Yannick Michiels (Belgium) took silver ahead of Gustav Bergman (Sweden) and Kasper Fosser (Norway) in shared bronze position.
The winner in the women’s class Tove Alexandersson needs no introduction, but the men’s winner Emil Svensk has been living in the shadows of the other Swedish stars the last years, even if he has been part of the best orienteers in the world since his 10th place at World Orienteering Championships (WOC) sprint back in 2016. He also finished 6th at WOC Sprint in 2018 and was very close to the medals with a 4th place at WOC Middle back in Norway in 2019. With three World Cup 3rd places, this was the Swedes first visit at the very top of the podium.
For Yannick Michiels and Elena Roos this was also a very special day – after finishing in the Top 6 many times in EOC and World Orienteering Championships (WOC), they each finally got their individual medals today.
Follow these links to a SPAS-analysis of EOC Sprint Men and EOC Sprint Women. All starting competitors are asked to enter their chosen route in the analysis. Until competitors have entered their routes, you can only see split times along with possible route choices for each leg.
Race analysis women: Decisive long leg
As you can see from the split time visualization below, the race was practically decided at the long leg to control 6 (see SPAS leg 6 for split times and route alternatives) where Alexandersson and Roos took the best choice (running around to the left) whereas several of the other top runners ran the upper route which was significantly slower. Aebersold seemed to have the best speed, but the time loss on the long leg to control 6 was too much to catch up.
Race analysis men: Svensk with highest speed
In the men’s race the race was also mostly decided by the same long leg, which the men had to control 9 (see SPAS here). Bergman ran a fantastic time on this leg, but also Svensk, Fosser, Howald and Hubmann took the best route on this leg. Michiels took the wrong route here (running up), but due to his high speed still managed to stay in the battle for the medals – finally taking the second place. Svensk and Michiels simply had higher speed than the others today – which seems to be why they took the two top places. Some have speculated that the reason may partly because several of the other top runners had tough Knock-Out Sprint races in their legs from yesterday (Kyburz, Hadorn, Fosser, Rancan), while Svensk skipped the Knock-Out Sprint to rest ahead of the individual Sprint and Michiels missed the cut in the Quarter-finals. This might be part of the explanation – maybe the Knock-Out Sprint should be organized the last day in a later championships?
GPS-tracking coupled with official split times shows a clear picture of how decisive the leg to control 9 was:
Maps and GPS-tracking
See below for maps men (upper) and women (lower). GPS-tracking is available fra TracTrac. Below there is a separate section where you can study the course with route choice alternatives leg by leg.
Legs & route lengths (men)
Legs & route lengths (legs that are different for women)
|3.||Kasper Harlem Fosser||Norway||16:28||(+0:22)|
|9.||Vojtech Kral||Czech Republic||16:48||(+0:42)|
|13.||Tim Robertson||New Zealand||17:04||(+0:58)|
|16.||Soren Thrane Odum||Denmark||17:06||(+1:00)|
|18.||Isac von Krusenstierna||Sweden||17:08||(+1:02)|
|7.||Natalia Gemperle||Russian Federation||16:49||(+0:39)|
|12.||Tereza Janosikova||Czech Republic||17:29||(+1:19)|
|13.||Vilma von Krusenstierna||Sweden||17:30||(+1:20)|
|16.||Victoria Haestad Bjornstad||Norway||17:52||(+1:42)|
|17.||Megan Carter Davies||Great Britain||17:53||(+1:43)|