With the Swedish team showing all its strength, the TrailO Relay had an expected winner in the Paralympic class in the final competition of the World Trail Orienteering Championships 2016. In the Open class, Slovakia was a wonderful surprise, reaching the gold in a historical moment.
The World Trail Orienteering Championships 2016 have come to an end. Returning to the aeolic park of Tolvmanstegen, the competitors faced a TrailO Relay race, an event that was held for the first time ever in the WTOC's history. Nine teams in the Paralympic class and eighteen in the Open class took part in the course, searching for the best result.
And because it was a historical moment, Slovakia made history. After some impressive results in the last two years, the Slovakian team - Marian Miklus, Dusan Furucz, Ján Furucz – had a perfect race, without mistakes in the 21 tasks and were quite fast in the timed controls, with 102 seconds overall and reaching the gold. Like Slovakia, Portugal had a clean race, but wasn't faster and accurate enough in the TempO station to get the gold, finishing with more 91 seconds than the winners. However, this was also a historical moment for the Portuguese Trail Orienteering – and the Portuguese Orienteering in general -, getting its best result ever in a World competition. Finland, with 213 seconds, was placed third. Sweden stayed out of the medals for short 8,5 seconds, reaching the fourth place. Norway and Craotia, fifth and sixth places, respectively, closed the podium.
In the Paralympic class, the Swedish team - Inga Gunnarsson, Ola Jansson, Michael Johansson - confirmed its favouritism, winning with the time of 334,5 seconds after one wrong answer in the course's 21 tasks. Ukraine also missed one task but was far from Sweden in the TempO stations and finished second with more 67,5 seconds than the winners. Like in the Open class, Finland got the bronze medal with 423 seconds overall. Russia, the Czech Republic and Latvia took the remaining places of the podium by this order.
1. Slovakia (Marian Miklus, Dusan Furucz, Ján Furucz) 102 seconds
2. Portugal (Edgar Domingues, Jorge Baltazar, João Pedro Valente) 193 sec
3. Finland (Martti Inkinen, Pinja Mäkinen, Antti Rusanen) 213 sec
4. Sweden (Marit Wiksell, Jens Andersson, Martin Fredholm) 221,5 sec
5. Norway (Sigurd Dæhli, Lars Jakob Waaler, Martin Jullum) 245 sec
6. Croatia (Zdenko Horjan, Tomislav Varnica, Ivo Tisljar) 280 sec
1. Sweden (Inga Gunnarsson, Ola Jansson, Michael Johansson) 334,5 seconds
2. Ukraine (Iryna Kulikova, Yehor Surkov, Vladislav Vovk 402 sec
3. Finland (Kari Pinola, Tuomo Markelin, Pekka Seppa) 423 sec
4. Russia (Dmitry Dokuchaev, Eduard Oginskii, Pavel Shmatov) 443,5 sec
5. Czech Republic (Pavel Dudik, Bohuslav Hulka, Jana Kostová) 503,5 sec
6. Latvia (Guntis Jakubovskis, Valdis Strods, Andrejs Sulcs) 554,5 sec