12:00 - 18:00 Open Event office, Recreation Complex “Ratnieki”
14:00 - 18:00 Model Event, Recreation Complex “Ratnieki”
23 September was the first day of Euromeeting 2016. It was a middle distance race held near Zvārtes iezis. More than 120 athletes from 12 countries started. The woman Elite was won by Marika Teini from Finland and the men elite was won by Frederic Tranchand from France. Though Latvian orienteers are familiar with the terrain, it nevertheless turned out to be complicated enough, and both men and women demonstrated varying success.
The terrain near Zvārtes iezis is very suitable for high-level orienteering races – it features systems of hills and ravines, rivulets and small marshes, which make it challenging for runners.
The orienteer Marika Teini from Finland was the last to start; therefore there was large intrigue both to other participants and the spectators. She was perfect in the last part of the course, leaving Sari Anttonen, another Finnish athlete, as runner-up. It was a mere 6 seconds which prevented Sari to win. The bronze medallist was Denisa Kosova, 1:32 behind the winner.
M.Teini is one of the best Finnish orienteers. After the finish she admitted that the beginning of the course was difficult, but she managed to accommodate herself to the terrain very quickly. In the previous interviews she told that she would use Euromeeting to make herself aware of the physical and technical challenges to be faced in 2018, in the World Orienteering Championships in Latvia. In this year’s WOC Championships in Sweden Teini took the sixth place in middle distance.
Tranchand from France was unbeaten in the men Elite. He is also one of the best runners in the world, ranking No. 9. Timo Sild from Estonia won silver, 50 seconds behind the winner, and bronze went to Miika Kirmula from Finland.
From Latvia, Andris Jubelis with the 9th place was the best in middle distance, improving his last year’s performance. Inga Dambe took the respectable fourth place. The race showed that the terrain, though well-known to Latvian athletes, can be quite demanding.
10:00 - 12:00 Open Event office, Recreation Complex “Ratnieki”
13:00 - 17:00 Open Race office, Arena Zvārtes iezis
13.30 - 15.00 Open quarantine Arena Zvārtes iezis
14:00 Start of MIDDLE DISTANCE (WRE), Arena Zvārtes iezis
17:30 - 18:00 Model event Latvian Cup "Cēsu Rudens", Arena Zvārtes iezis
18:15 Awards Ceremony, Arena Zvārtes iezis
24 September was a competition for medals in long distance near Zvārtes iezis. MarikaTeini from Finland won the long distance in women Elite and Frederick Tranchand from France was the winner in men Elite. Both celebrated double victories, because they were also winners on Friday in middle distance.
74 runners were entered for the men Elite, and 55 finished. 8 did not finish the course and 11 did not show up. Frederick Tranchand was convincing during the entire course. Timo Sild and Lucas Basset fought for the second place. Timo Sild was more accurate and 11 seconds faster.
The gold medal in women Elite went to MarikaTeini. Up to the middle of the distance, Sari Anttonen was in the lead, but made a mistake in the final part which cost her the first place. She was 1:32 behind the winner Marika Teini. Isia Basset from France was the third.
Both winners admitted that the courses were demanding – the visibility was poor due to the green areas, bet they managed to get used to it soon. Euromeeting has helped them to understand the physical and technical challenges they will have to face to demonstrate good performance in further world level events to take place in Latvia.
Runners from Latvia demonstrated good performance in the long distance. Andris Jubelis was No. 12 in the men Elite; also Dāvis Dišlers did well, he was No. 18, though his speciality is sprint and relays. Two of our women runners were among the best ten – Inga Dambe was No. 9 and Aija Skrastiņa No. 10.
09:00 - 10:00 Open Event office, Recreation Complex “Ratnieki"
11:00 - 16:00 Open Race office, Arena Zvārtes iezis
12:00 Start of LONG DISTANCE (WRE), Arena Zvārtes iezis
16:30 Awards Ceremony, Arena Zvārtes iezis
Euromeeting 2016 closed with a sprint distance in Cēsis, with more than 130 runners from 12 countries participating. Artūrs Pauliņš from Latvia won the race for men and the gold medallist for women was Sari Anttonen from Finland.
Artūrs Pauliņš’ performance was perfect. Though he had some advantages over foreign runners because the sprint was in the area known to him,nevertheless he could not feel relaxed any single minute, because the competition was tough. Just two seconds separated the first three places in men Elite. Jonas Effer from Switzerland was only a half second slower than Pauliņš, and Artem Popov from Russia was the third.
After the finish the winner said that Euromeeting is useful not only for foreign athletes but for Latvian ones as well when getting ready for the two world level events in orienteering in Latvia – the World Cup in 2017 and the World Orienteering Championships in 2018. Now, Artūrs has to decide whether to get himself ready for the forest races or the urban race, the latter to be held in the Old Town of Riga.
In women Elite the gold medals in all three distances are travelling to Finland. Sprint was won by Sari Anttonen, while MarikaTeini who won both middle and long distances was the third in sprint, 25 seconds behind the winner. Silver went to Anastasia Rudnaya from Russia.
Also other Latvian runners had very good results. Sandra Grosberga was No. 4, only slightly more than 50 seconds behind the winner, and Aija Skratiņa’s 10th place deserves mentioning. Also Andris Jubelis had a good result; he was No. 20, 36 seconds behind the winner.
Photos from the event
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09:00 - 15:00 Open Race office, Arena Cēsis
10:30 - 11:00 Open quarantine, Arena Cēsis
11:00 Start of SPRINT DISTANCE (WRE), Arena Cēsis
13:30 Awards Ceremony, Arena Cēsis