Friday, February 24, 2017

Portugal O' Meeting 2017: Step by step

A new edition of the Portugal O' Meeting is here and the North Alentejo embraces the World Foot and Trail orienteering Elite. Along six days, Alter do Chão, Crato and Portalegre will host the most important Portuguese Orienteering event, offering to 2.342 competitors a warm welcome, great maps and terrains and lots of fun.

For the third time in its history, GD4C - Grupo Desportivo dos Quatro Caminhos organizes the Portugal O' Meeting. Is the returning to Alter do Chão / Crato / Portalegre where, in 2011, the 16th edition of the Portugal O' Meeting took place. In a scenery of great beauty, perfect for tourism and orienteering, all the conditions are gathered for an amazing Portugal O' Meeting.

The party has already started with the Model Event, yesterday and today. But tomorrow onwards everything will be different ... and for real! Two Middle Distance stages on Saturday and Monday and two Long Distance stages, on Sunday and Tuesday. In the meanwhile, there will still be room for a Urban Night Sprint, on Saturday, in Alter do Chão and, on Sunday afternoon, the usual PreO stage.

Portugal O' Meeting 2017 official schedule

February 23rd
– Event centre opening – Alter do Chão
10h00 – Model Event open – Crato
18h00 – Event centre closing

February 24th
– Event centre opening – Alter do Chão
10h00 – Model Event open – Crato
22h00 – Event centre closing

February 25th
– Event centre opening – Arena
10h00 – Middle distance – Crato
17h00 – Event centre opening – Alter do Chão
19h00 – Night Sprint – Alter do Chão

February 26th
– Event centre opening – Arena
09h00 – Long distance – Crato
11h00 – Event centre opening for PreO (Alter do Chão)
12h30 – PreO – Alter do Chão
18h30 – PreO – Prize giving ceremony

February 27th
– Event centre opening – Arena
09h00 – Middle distance WRE (NAOM 2017) – Portalegre
15h00 – Middle distance WRE and Night Sprint – Prize giving ceremony

February 28th
– Event centre opening – Arena
09h00 – Long distance – Portalegre
14h00 – POM2017 – Prize giving ceremony

Note: All timings are in local time (GMT timezone).

Technical details


The overall number of participants in this edition of the Portugal O' Meeting is of 2342, representing 36 countries. Portugal, with 582 competitors, is the most represented country, followed by Sweden (302 competitors), Spain (273), Finland (244), France (157), Norway (145) and Switzerland (144 competitors). The list also includes athletes from Australia, Brazil, Canadá, Colômbia, Japão, Macao, Taiwan, Turkey and the United States of America, among others. It's the highest number ever registered in 22 editions of the event, both in competitors and nations.

Olav Lundanes, Norway, is the competition's headliner. Following her preparation to the World Orienteering Championships, the Long Distance gold medalist in 2016 and current leader of the IOF World Orienteering Ranking chose Portugal to some good training tests. Other important names present in the competition are Gernot Kerschbaumer, Austria, Magne Dæhli, Norway, Jan Sedivy and Milos Nykodym, the Czech Republic, Catherine Taylor and Hollie Orr, Great Britain, Baptiste Rollier, Switzerland, Helena Jansson, Emma Johansson, Johan Runesson, Albin Ridefelt and Gustav Bergman, Sweden, Frederic Tranchand and Lucas Basset, France, Nadiya Volynska and Oleksandr Kratov, Ukraine, Svetlana Mironova, Russia and Timo Sild, Estonia. Six times winner of the Portugal O' Meeting Simone Niggli, Switzerland and five times winner of the Portugal O' Meeting Thierry Gueorgiou, France, are also two of the most important names in the Elite category. There are 116 competitors in the Women Elite class and 211 in the Men Elite class. 

141 entered the PreO stage

The number of entries in the PreO stage has risen beyond the best organizing team plans and that is due to the high interest of the athletes, in number of 141 entered for the stage. For that reason, there is a commitment of POM 2017 organizing team in order to allow everyone to participate and not frustrate expectations by limiting entries.

In the Open class, names like Remo Madella, Italy, Koji Chino, Japan, Bartolomiej Mazan, Poland, Zoltan Mihaczi, Hungary, Guntars Mankus, Latvia, Mark Heikoop, the Nederlands or Toño Hernandez, Spain, will face the Portuguese squad, with Inês Domingues, Luis Gonçalves, João Pedro Valente, Jorge Baltazar, Cláudio Tereso, Edgar Domingues and Nuno Pires, amongst others. In the Paralympic class, it will be interesting to watch a particular duel between Portugal and Spain, with Carlos Riu, Miguel Angel Garcia and Sergio Martin, from the Spanish side, against the Portuguese Ricardo Pinto, Cláudio Poiares, Julio Guerra and Alexandre Guedes da Silva.

For further information, please visit the Event's website, at

Joaquim Margarido

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Ten years after...

Back home. The weekend is about to end and the journey home is done quietly, no hurry, as if, instinctively, I refused to leave the Alentejo. I dip in my thoughts and remain in silence as the afternoon falls. Hanged in the rearview mirror, the little orange-and-white flag swings in front of me, beckoning me. I fix it absently and sketch a nostalgic smile. Then I look at it carefully and my thoughts go back in time...

Friday morning. It's a cold and rainy day. I leave to Nisa and to the North Alentejo O' Meeting. “We are children of the dawn”. The words of the singer Zeca Afonso come to mind, so today it has been 20 years since he left. I want to get to Amieira do Tejo quickly, but the thick drops of water advise caution. I must curb my enthusiasm and wait for the time it takes to open this “little box of surprises” called Orienteering.

I know it's principles, but I know that I am only at the tip of the iceberg. I need to understand what makes it so special, how magic is the potion that gives the gift of eloquence to those who live in it and who turns every conversation into a huge source of exciting discovery. I want to dive into that fountain too, to suck its substance, to drink its soul.

“Here it is the River”. The Tejo River, I mean. From the North bank, I see my beloved Alentejo, land of dreams where I lose and rediscover myself. For now, I'm lost. Dam, EN 359, nothing ... Return to starting point. Another dam, again the EN 359 (!) and the result returns to be negative. Another reversal and again at the starting point. The third time is for good. There I go with the right dam, with the right road, and I reach Amieira. So much mistakes for someone who's heading an Orienteering event can only be harbinger of “disaster”. However, I was just putting into practice one of the basic principles of the sport: “If you're lost, do not persevere in the error. Go back to the start and reorient yourself”. As everything in life!

It's lunch time. In the “epicenter” of this fantastic organization, a man deserves a special mention. It's Fernando Costa and it's him who welcomes me with open arms, introducing me to the “hard core” (and “less hard”), who makes a point of joining me to this fantastic “family” that is Grupo Desportivo dos Quatro Caminhos. But now, the lunch is served. I sit down at the table, “cuddle” my stomach with a divine homemade chicken soup and indulge myself in sliced pork with black beans.

In addition to the delicious palette of flavors that makes my body satisfied, the lunch serves to feed the spirit as well. I get to know how important is the compass, I get acquainted with the signs, I get in touch with terms such as cartography, bearings, spurs. And I get a more precise idea of the heavy organizational machine. From logistics to course setting. “Seven thousand souls worked seriously”, Zeca Afonso and his music again in my mind. Everything seems to be set in detail, the hypothetical flaws identified and the corresponding alternatives properly equated.

Now it is time to leave for Nisa, to visit the Event Centre and then to Arez, for a demonstration course. It will be a debut, but there's a first time for everything. I don't know what's expecting me but the afternoon is promising!

[23.Feb.2007 - 23.Feb.2017. I was introduced to Orienteering ten years ago in Nisa, for the NAOM's first edition. The first flag I photographed is here, illustrating this message. The prose is the first chapter of my book, “Crónicas Norte Alentejano O' Meeting 2007 / 2008”, reporting the start of a beautiful friendship. This way, I wanted to point out a decade of passion for Orienteering and to thank all those who, every day, give me the strength and courage to continue this way.]

Joaquim Margarido

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Marisa Costa: "First the effort, then the reward"

She is one of the youngest personalities ever to step on the Portuguese Orienteering Blog's stage, but her quality as athlete, grounded in the results recently achieved, justifies her presence between us, today. Please, listen carefully to Marisa Costa, 15 years old, a great talent and with much to say.

“My club helped me interacting with the sport, but my father awakened in me the interest by MTB Orienteering, providing me with the necessary bases to get involved with this discipline”, started by saying Marisa Costa, today's guest of the Portuguese Orienteering Blog. “Having fun with friends, practising sports and spending time with the family” are three of the aspects that Marisa mostly values when it comes to spend some time rest, those who is left out of what is above everything, that is, her studies, in the city where she lives, Tomar.

Since she was a little girl, Marisa feels a huge attraction for maps and compasses. And why not to put into practise everything she have been learning, becoming an athlete, could be the question she asked herself and which she carried forward. MTB orienteering was the starting point, hand in hand with Foot Orienteering. “Both emerged simultaneously, although most of the training sessions are focused on FootO, trying to improve my technique”, says Marisa, for whom “MTB orienteering is a special discipline, a huge family where, despite the competition, there's a fantastic union among all.”

It's important to have someone as a reference”

Demanding discipline, MTB Orienteering requires a good physical condition and a high ability on reading and interpreting maps, all in a two-wheel context and with the added factor of speed. To be able to manage all tasks, Marisa dedicates herself to improving her skills, which seems to be the ideal complement to the daily routine: “Training is what I love most”, she says.

- What is the best advice you have been given so far?

“The most important thing isn't to win but to know that you gave everything you had to give and never gave up, looking forward what brought you there, the passion for sport. This was, so far, the best advice I've been given, which was conveyed by the great Susana Pontes, an athlete that I respect, not only for the titles she won, for the time she dedicated to the sport and for the advices she has been given along my journey, but also for the humble and honest person she is. I think it's important to have someone as a reference, and Susana is for me a source of great inspiration and a model to follow.”

Portugal is one of the best countries in the World for the practise of MTB Orienteering”

For Marisa Costa, being a MTB orienteering athlete is great, but being a MTB orienteering athlete in Portugal is even better. She explains why: “I feel that Portugal is one of the best countries in the World for the practise of MTB Orienteering because the terrains are very good, as is the temperate climate, which is a great help! Another great help comes from the Portuguese Orienteering Federation and the results of their work can be seen in the evolution of the Portuguese MTB Orienteering over the years”, says Marisa Costa.

Nevertheless, the number of athletes present in the events continues to decline in Portugal and there seems to be something missing in order to reverse this fact. Marisa Costa comments in an introspective way: “In my opinion, it's us, the athletes, that have to worry about the future of the sport and make an even greater effort to call the attention of new practitioners”, she says. From the young athlete's perspective, “the basis for attracting new athletes must be a commitment of the Federation and the Clubs, but especially of the athletes, who have the duty to introduce the sport on to others. It will be easier for someone to be attracted by MTB Orienteering if they have as reference an athlete, someone who knows this discipline and more easily explains all its beauty.”

I still have a lot to learn”

Recently, Portugal hosted two major international MTB Orienteering events, hosting the European Youth MTB Orienteering Championships in 2015 and 2016. Marisa evaluates the importance of these events in her growth as an athlete: “My evolution was notorious. I know I still have a lot to learn, but maybe because I was better prepared, both physically and psychologically, I learned to deal with situations and to take the most of it. These were experiences that helped me to interact with athletes from abroad, which can be seen as an important part of my learning and growing as an athlete. On the other hand, I feel that they were very well organized events, leaving an excellent impression on those who visited us”, she says.

- If I asked you to choose a moment - just one (!) -, either in Idanha-a-Nova in 2015 or in the region of Bairrada last year, what would it be?

“Without taking any importance to all other moments, I would choose the EYMTBOC 2016 Middle Distance race in Bairrada because it was there that I achieved my first international goal, a hard-working 6th place.”

Fighting for goals

The new season is about to atart and the physical training and the reading and analysis of the maps are a constant of the day to day. The commitment is great and the goals for 2017 seem to be perfectly established: “In my opinion, an athlete who wants to reach good results should set real goals and make the best to fulfil them. This year, I wish to focus on the European Championships, which will take place in France, and in the qualification for the World Championships, in Lithuania. I don't set particular results, but goals. First the effort, then the reward. I'm sure that, with my work, I'll bear the fruits in the end”, she says ambitiously.

And it's with ambition, but especially with her feet firmly on the ground, that Marisa Costa looks to the future when faced with what she might be in five years from now: “Well, that's a question difficult to answer, because I'm not able to do such projects in the long term for my life. But I'll certainly be fighting for my goals, both in sports and at an academic level”, she concludes.

Joaquim Margarido

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

BLOM 2017: Hector and Ohlsson won in Coimbra

Simon Hector and Karolin Ohlsson were the winners of Rainha Santa Trophy / Beira Litoral O' Meeting 2017. The event took place last weekend, bringing together to Coimbra and Cernache nearly 750 competitors from 18 countries.

Five weeks after the 15th Center Orienteering Meeting, the Portuguese Orienteering League Vitalis 2017 moved to Coimbra and the nearby village of Cernache for its second round. The event was organized by Ori-Mondego, Associação Desportiva do Mondego, having the participation of 577 athletes in the competition classes, to which should be added 155 competitors in the Formation and Open classes, making a total of 732 participants representing 18 Countries. The event included a Sprint stage scoring for the IOF World Sprint Orienteering Ranking and two Middle Distance stages, the last of which scoring for the IOF World Orienteering Ranking.

Totally dedicated to the beautiful “city of the students”, the program of the first day saw the French Lucas Basset (Pôles France) and the Ukrainian Nadiya Volynska (OK Orion) win the opening stage, a challenging Sprint in the uneven historical center of Coimbra. Alternating in the lead with the Swedish Hakon Jarvis Westergard (Järla Orientering), Basset ended up by imposing himself in the final part of the race, reaching the victory with the time of 15:20, against 15:25 of his direct opponent. João Mega Figueiredo (CN Alvito) was the best Portuguese in this stage, finishing in the 17th place with more 1:40 than the winner. The women's race had in Nadiya Volynska the great character, winning notably with the time of 12:51. Karolin Ohlsson (Järla Orientering) still threatened the Ukrainian's leadership in the early part of the course, ending up not resisting to the power of her opponent and finishing in the 2nd place with more 38 seconds than the winner. Mariana Moreira (CPOC) spent three more minutes than Volynska and was the best Portuguese in the 13th place.

Tiago Romão and Mariana Moreira, the best Portuguese

Coimbra's map returned to carry out excellent duels in the afternoon of the first day with the accomplishment of the Urban Middle Distance stage. In the Men's competition, only 33 seconds separated the top three athletes, with the Swedish Simon Hector (Snättringe SK) holding the win with the time of 36:58. The Swedish Johan Ek Larsson (Södertalje-Nykvarn) finished in the 2nd place 17 seconds after Hector, while Tiago Romão (CMo Funchal) reached the 3rd place with more 37:31 than the winner. In the Women Elite class, Mariana Moreira performed greatly, being able to get in the lead throughout the first half of the course, handing over the leadership to Karolin Ohlsson who ended up winning comfortably with the time of 34:51 against 37:43 of the Portuguese.

For the last day was reserved a forest stage of Middle Distance, which would reveal the winners of Rainha Santa Trophy / Beira Litoral O' Meeting 2017. In the Women Elite class, Ohlsson's advantage from the day before kept her safe from major problems and the third place in this stage turned out to be enough to ensure the final victory. The triumph in the stage went to the French Isia Basset (Pôles France) with a time of 39:45, with the Swedish Elin Mansson (IFK Göteborg) reaching the second place with more 1:57 than the winner. Volynska's fourth position, 3:07 after Isia Basset, allowed her to rise to the final second place in the Trophy. Finishing in the 13th place with the time of 50:11, Mariana Moreira was able to reach a wonderful place on the final podium, being the third placed. In the Men's chapter, the bills seemed much harder to do, especially after Lucas Basset had given up on running the Urban Middle Distance and being out of the Trophy's contest. The French would be the winner of this stage with a time of 36:16 and a one-minute advantage over the Austrian Gernot Kerschbaumer (OK Pan Kristianstad). The next places fell to the Estonian Timo Sild and the Ukrainian Oleksandr Kratov, both representing Koovee, who thus ascended to the 2nd and 3rd final place. The Trophy's winner would be Simon Hector who ended up getting the best of the victory in the second stage, after being the 6th placed of the final stage, with more 3:27 than the winner. Manuel Horta (GafanhOri) was, this time, the best Portuguese, finishing in 13th place at 5:45 of Basset, while Tiago Romão reached a worthy 5th place in the final accounts and was the best representative from Portugal.


Sprint WRE

Men Elite
1. Lucas Basset (Pôles France) 15:20 (+ 00:00)
2. Hakon Jarvis Westergard (Järla Orientering) 15:25 (+ 00:05)
3. Nicolas Simonin (IFK Lidingo SOK) 15:36 (+ 00:16)
4. Loïc Marty (Pôles France) 15:56 (+ 00:36)
5. Timo Sild (Koovee) 16:01 (+ 00:41)

Women Elite
1. Nadiya Volynska (OK Orion) 12:51 (+ 00:00)
2. Karolin Ohlsson (Järla Orientering) 13:29 (+ 00:38)
3. Isia Basset (Pôles France) 14:20 (+ 01:29)
4. Elin Mansson (IFK Göteborg) 14:32 (+ 01:41)
5. Lou Lenoble (Pôles France) 14:42 (+ 01:51)

Urban Middle Distance

Men Elite
1. Simon Hector (Snättringe SK) 36:58 (+ 00:00)
2. Johan Ek Larsson (Södertälje-Nykvarn) 37:15 (+ 00:17)
3. Tiago Romão (CMo Funchal) 37:31 (+ 00:33)
4. Pedro Nogueira (ADFA) 38:10 (+ 01:12)
5. Nikita Asoyan (Dyusash) 38:28 (+ 01:30)

Women Elite
1. Karolin Ohlsson (Järla Orientering) 34:51 (+ 00:00)
2. Mariana Moreira (CPOC) 37:43 (+ 02:52)
3. Filipa Rodrigues (ADFA) 39:08 (+ 04:17)
4. Nadiya Volynska (OK Orion) 39:40 (+ 04:49)
5. Krystal Neumann (Järla Orientering) 40:26 (+ 05:35)

Middle Distance WRE

Men Elite
1. Lucas Basset (Pôles France) 36:16 (+ 00:00)
2. Gernot Kerschbaumer (OK Pan Kristianstad) 37:16 (+ 01:00)
3. Timo Sild (Koovee) 38:15 (+ 01:59)
4. Oleksandr Kratov (Koovee) 38:23 (+ 02:07)
5. Loïc Capbern (Pôles France) 39:07 (+ 02:51)

Women Elite
1. Isia Basset (Pôles France) 39:45 (+ 00:00)
2. Elin Mansson (IFK Göteborg) 41:42 (+ 01:57)
3. Karolin Ohlsson (Järla Orientering) 42:17 (+ 02:32)
4. Nadiya Volynska (OK Orion) 42:52 (+ 03:07)
5. Adela Indrakova (IFK Lidingo SOK) 43:43 (+ 03:58)

Overall standings

Men Elite
1. Simon Hector (Snättringe SK) 2860,61 points
2. Timo Sild (Koovee) 2791,63 points
3. Oleksandr Kratov (Koovee) 2778,93 points
4. Johan Ek Larsson (Södertälje-Nykvarn) 2729,43 points
5. Tiago Romão (CMo Funchal) 2676,47 points

Women Elite
1. Karolin Ohlsson (Järla Orientering) 2893,12 points
2. Nadiya Volynska (OK Orion) 2805,86 points
3. Mariana Moreira (CPOC) 2527,67 points
4. Krystal Neumann (Järla Orientering) 2468, 06 points
5. Mariia Makarova (MO Yakhroma) 2400,39 points

Complete results and further information at

Joaquim Margarido

Monday, February 20, 2017

29th Murcia Costa Calida International Trophy: Victories for Runesson and Kinni

Johan Runesson and Saila Kinni were the brightest stars of the 29th Murcia Costa Calida International Trophy, the second oldest orienteering event in Spain. Held in Caravaca de la Cruz and Cehegín, two cities of Murcia region, the event gathered more than 1,200 competitors from 17 different countries.

After the 15th Costa Blanca Trophy and the 4th Lorca O' Meeting, the Spanish Orienteering calendar moved ahead this weekend with the 29th Murcia Costa Calida International Trophy, Spain's second oldest orienteering event and also one which, from the beginning, has deserved the trust of runners from Spain and also numerous countries from all Europe. So it was this year, with more than 1,200 competitors from 17 different countries heading to Caravaca de la Cruz and Cehegín for three stages of high level orienteering.

The event couldn't have a better start, offering a Long Distance WRE stage, scoring for the IOF World Orienteering Ranking, on the map of Llano de Arriba, 8 km west of Caravaca. Moderately hilly and, in some areas of replanted forest, with reduced visibility, the race was dominated by two representatives of Tampereen Pyrinto, Johan Runesson, Sweden, and Saila Kinni, Finland, respectively in Men Elite class and Women Elite class. Keeping a very strong pace along the course, Runesson achieved the fastest time in eleven out of twenty-six controls, leading the race from start to finish. The advantage reached along the course allowed him to survive a one-minute mistake, already in the course's final part, ending with the time of 1:22:05. The Norwegian Magne Dæhli (Halden SK) finished 1:50 after the winner, reaching the second position, while the third place went to the Spanish Andreu Blanes (Colivenc), with the time of 1:24:51. In the Women's competition, Saila Kinni showed a huge consistency throughout the course, allowing her to win seconds after seconds over her most direct rivals, scoring 1:09:55 at the finish and a four-minute lead on the second ranked, the Russian Anastasia Rudnaya (MS Parma). In the third place, with more 5:46 than the winner, finished Sari Anttonen (Keuruun Kisailijat), Finland, while the best Spanish athlete was Esther Gil (Colivenc) in the 12th place, 18:46 after Kinni.

Held in the afternoon of the first day, in the historical centre of Cehegín, the Sprint stage was dominated by Spanish athletes in the Men's sector. Eduardo Gil (Tjalve), Andreu Blanes and Antonio Martínez (Colivenc), the three best Spanish orienteers currently, finished the race by this order. After a fourty-second mistake on her way to the fifth control, Anastasia Rudnaya reach the second placed in the Women Elite class, this time with a one-second disadvantage to the winner, Sari Anttonen. The Middle Distance stage that ended the 29th Murcia Costa Cálida International Trophy was held in Cañada de Canara, Cehegín, and saw Johan Runesson and Saila Kinni keeping the advantage brought from the eve and calling to themselves the first place in the overall standings. Runesson reached the second placed in the stage, six seconds behind the winner, Andreu Blanes, who spent 34:16. The fight for the victory between the two competitors was really intense, with Runesson breaking in the very final part of the course, after having been leading 21 out of 24 controls. In the Women Elite class, the triumph finally smiled to Rudnaya with the time of 32:12, with Anttonen and Kinni, finishing second and third, with more 1:38 and 1:39 respectively than the winner. Andreu Blanes and Violeta Feliciano (Colivenc) were the best Spanish athletes overall.


Long Distance WRE

Men Elite
1. Johan Runesson (Tampereen Pyrinto) 1:22:05 (+ 00:00)
2. Magne Dæhli (Halden SK) 1:23:55 (+ 01:50)
3. Andreu Blanes (Colivenc) 1:24:51 (+ 02:46)
4. Vojtech Král (IFK Mora OK) 1:30:28 (+ 08:23)
5. Martin Regborn (Hagaby GoIF) 1:30:37 (+ 08:32)

Women Elite
1. Saila Kinni (Tampereen Pyrinto) 1:09:55 (+ 00:00)
2. Anastasia Rudnaya (MS Parma) 1:13:55 (+ 04:00)
3. Sari Anttonen (Keuruun Kisailijat) 1:15:41 (+ 05:46)
4. Henna Haikonen (Anttolan Urheilijat) 1:19:56 (+ 10:01)
5. Kristin Löfgren (IFK Mora OK) 1:20:44 (+ 10:49)


Men Elite
1. Eduardo Gil (Tjalve) 16:04 (+ 00:00)
2. Andreu Blanes (Colivenc) 16:11 (+ 00:07)
3. António Martínez (Colivenc) 16:18 (+ 00:14)
4. Vojtech Král (IFK Mora OK) 16:21 (+ 00:17)
5. Isac Von Krusenstierna (OK Kare) 16:26 (+ 00:22)

Women Elite
1. Sari Anttonen (Keuruun Kisailijat) 15:50 (+ 00:00)
2. Anastasia Rudnaya (MS Parma) 15:51 (+ 00:01)
3. Maija Sianoja (MS Parma) 16:24 (+ 00:34)
4. Maria Prieto Del Campo (Malarruta) 16:52 (+ 01:02)
5. Miia Niittynen (Koovee) 17:17 (+ 01:27)

Middle Distance

Men Elite
1. António Martínez (Colivenc) 34:16 (+ 00:00)
2. Johan Runesson (Tampereen Pyrinto) 34:22 (+ 00:06)
3. Andreu Blanes (Colivenc) 34:40 (+ 00:24)
4. Eduardo Gil (Tjalve) 34:44 (00:28)
5. Eetu Savolainen (Ikaalisten Noiseva V) 35:02 (+ 00:46)

Women Elite
1. Anastasia Rudnaya (MS Parma) 32:12 (+ 00:01)
2. Sari Anttonen (Keuruun Kisailijat) 33:50 (+ 01:38)
3. Saila Kinni (Tampereen Pyrinto) 33:51 (+ 01:39)
4. Henna Haikonen (Anttolan Urheilijat) 34:52 (+ 02:40)
5. Silje Ekroll Jahren (OL Norska) 35:13 (+ 03:01)

Overall results

Men Elite
1. Johan Runesson (Tampereen Pyrinto) 2:14:06 (+ 00:00)
2. Andreu Blanes (Colivenc) 2:15:42 (+ 01:36)
3. António Martínez (Colivenc) 2:24:39 (+ 10:33)
4. Manuel Jurado (Sant Joan) 2:30:26 (+ 16:20)
5. Eetu Savolainen (Ikaalisten Noiseva V) 2:30:34 (+ 16:28)

Women Elite
1. Saila Kinni (Tampereen Pyrinto) 2:01.21 (+ 00:00)
2. Anastasia Rudnaya (MS Parma) 2:01:58 (+ 00:37)
3. Sari Anttonen (Keuruun Kisailijat) 2:05:21 (+ 04:00)
4. Sofia Haajanen (SK Pohjantahti) 2:17:09 (+ 15:48)
5. Miia Niittynen (Koovee) 2:22:30 (+ 21:09)

Complete results and further information at

[Photo: FEDO / Comunicacion Federacion Española de Orientacion]

Joaquim Margarido