Sure, the weather can be as dramatic as a competition for the best in the world. But right now there are two orienteerers that can handle all different kind of weathers and problems. Their names are Tove Alexandersson and Thierry Gueorgiou. Now they’re chasing the victory in O-Ringen.
The fourth stage of O-Ringen can go to the history as one of the most revolutionary competitions. It started out with fog, rain and long lines to the lift and ended up with the sun shining at Sälfjället and Hemfjället, where about 20 000 competitors were trying to find their controls.
- It has been an amazing week here in the mountains. Today wasn’t a perfect race and both my head and legs are starting to get tired, but it ended well, says the winner of today’s stage, Tove Alexandersson.
With four victories in four stages Alexandersson is on her way to copy her friend from the national team by winning five stages during the same O-Ringen. Before the pursuit the favourite has a lead with 12 minutes. Anne M Hausken Nordberg is second and third is Svetlana Mironova.
The most dramatic thing happened in H21 Elit. The favourite, Thierry Gueorgiou, was superior and is back in the lead in the total. He won with three minutes on the 14 kilometres long course, which was tricky in the end.
Before the pursuit Gueorgiou has the lead with five minutes and the ones who are chasing him are Jerker Lysell and Magne Dähli.
- I made a few mistakes at the beginning of the race, I was to offensive. But I really wanted to show that I can orienteer, says the French world star who is a big favourite.
This year’s lovely O-Ringen is ending with a pursuit this Friday. The one who’s first to cross the finish line wins. At the final stage the runners will leave the mountains and run in the forest at Lindvallen.
Jimmy Birklin, the secretary general for O-Ringen, comments the day like this:
- I feel pleased with the arrangement. The fog and rain we had this morning in combination with the big number of participants lead to some challenges. I think the organization have been on their toes and found good solutions.