With victories of Thierry Gueorgiou and Tove Alexandersson, started today in Castelo de Vide the 10th edition of Norte Alentejano O' Meeting. In a Middle Distance under truly adverse weather conditions, both athletes had good performances, giving a huge step towards the victory overall.
Closing a short but intense period of three international events that attracted to Portugal, as a whole, more than two thousand athletes from all over the world, took place this morning, at Amieira and Barregão's map, the first stage of Norte Alentejano O' Meeting 2016. Organized by the Grupo Desportivo dos Quatro Caminhos, Municipality of Castelo de Vide, Portuguese Orienteering Federation and International Orienteering Federation, the event returned to Castelo de Vide for the fourth time in ten editions, keeping for the first day its highest point, a Middle Distance scoring for the IOF World Orienteering Ranking. Entered the course 900 athletes, many of them occupying important places in the world top lists.
The Men Super Elite class was dominated by the French Thierry Gueorgiou (Kalevan Rasti), concluding his course in the distance of 6.7 km in 38:20. The Norwegian Olav Lundanes (Halden SK) took the second position with a time of 40:09, while the also Norwegian Magne Dæhli (Halden SK) was third, spending more 3:05 than the winner. The best Portuguese in this class was Manuel Horta (GafanhOri) in the 64th position with a time of 55:34. In the Women Elite class, the Swedish Tove Alexandersson (Stora Tuna OK) was faster than any one else, finishing the 4.5 km of her course in 32:15. The Finnish Marika Teini (SK Pöhjantahti) and the Russian Anastasia Rudnaya (MS parma) took the following positions, spending more 3:41 and 4:47, respectively, than the winner. Spending more 18:27 than the winner, Mariana Moreira (CPOC) concluded her course in the 49th place and was the best Portuguese in this class.
In the end, Thierry Gueorgiou and Olav Lundanes spoke about their races. First the Norwegian: “I think it was a good race. I did a few mistakes but small ones, I never was far away from the controls. Some times I wasn't pretty sure where they were, but it was a really fun race in amazing terrains. Normally it's a good sign to stay two minutes behind Thierry in this time of the season, so I think my shape is okay for now. He is really fast and there's a lot of work to do, of course, but I'm very happy with my performance.” And Thierry, finally: “It was a great race, really difficult technically and very slippery in some parts, so it was hard to be physically engaged all the time. I did some small hesitations, trying to figure out how to escape the slippery parts. It wasn't an easy task but I must be happy with my performance. We had here, again, an amazing terrain, very similar to those of POM 2007, in S. Pedro do Sul, the kind of terrains that I really like. I can't imagine how it should be in a sunny day, but the weather conditions were what we got and we have to take pleasure of it, anyway. Tomorrow we'll have another great course and we must profit such terrains.”
Men Super Elite
1. Thierry Gueorgiou (Kalevan Rasti) 38:20 (+ 00:00)
2. Olav Lundanes (Halden SK) 40:09 (+ 01:49)
3. Magne Dæhli (Halden Sk) 41:25 (+ 03:05)
4. Jarkko Huovila (Halden SK) 41:45 (+ 03:25)
4. Sven Hellmüller (SW Ori Team) 41:45 (+ 03:25)
1. Tove Alexandersson (Stora Tuna OK) 32:15 (+ 00:00)
2. Marika Teini (SK Pöjantahti) 35:56 (+ 03:41)
3. Anastasia Rudnaya (MS Parma) 37:02 (+ 04:47)
4. Ida Marie Næss Bjørgul (Halden SK) 37:40 (+ 05:25)
5. Amilia Björklund (Sävedalens AIK) 38:04 (+ 05:49)
To see the complete results and further information, please visit the event's webpage at http://www.gd4caminhos.com/en/naom2016.