Euromeeting 2016 closed with a sprint distance in CēsisEuromeeting 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.
1. ArtursPaulins (LAT Latvia) 15:13.0 (+ 00:00.0)
2. Jonas Egger (SWI Switzerland) 15:13.5 (+ 00:00.5)
3. Artem Popov (RUS Russian Federation) 15:15.1 (+ 00:02.1)
4. Frederic Tranchand (FRA France) 15:25.3 (+ 00:12.3)
5. Lucas Basset (FRA France) 15:25.4 (+ 00:12.4)
1. Sari Anttonen (FIN Finland) 15:02.0 (+ 00:00.0)
2. Anastasia Rudnaya (RUS Parma MS) 15:03.6 (+ 00:01.6)
3. MarikaTeini (FIN SK Pohjantahti) 15:27.8 (+ 00:25.8)
4. Sandra Grosberga (LAT Latvia) 15:56.6 (+ 00:54.6)
5. Martina Ruch (SWI Switzerland) 15:58.8 (+ 00:56.8)