Last week the Nordic Orienteering Tour was arranged with in total 5 World Cup races in Norway, Sweden and Finland. I will write a summary from the whole tour later, but will start with the Knock out sprint in Stockholm, where I did my best performance with a 2nd place.
The individual qualification
in the morning went well. At the prewarning I was 6th, but after
loosing some seconds in the end I finished in a 13th position. Results and splits.
My heat in the Semifinal was really strong, and knew I needed to to a strong performance to be one of
the two runners who was automatically qualified for the final, but that it was also was a good chance that the 3rd and 4th runner would qualify as "lucky looser". In the
forked butterfly in the beginning I took the lead in my group. IN the end of
the butterfly Gustav Bergman passed me, and I decided to stay behind him
since he was running well. Me and Jerker Lysell changes about having
the 2nd and 3rd position, while the Swiss runners Fabian Hertner and
Matthias Kyburz was behind. To the 2nd last control I was the only one
taking the right route choice, and I was speeding up and managed to take
over the lead just in front of the other runners (as you can see on the picture above). On the run in I let Gustav
Bergman pass me, since I anyway would qualify for the final. Results, splits and GPS tracking.
In the Final I
wanted to use the same tactic. Vojtech Kral took the command to
the 2nd control, and I stayed behind him in 2nd position. Surprisingly
the strong Swiss runners was again behind. To the 6th control I took
over the lead, and found it was a good position to have during the
forked part (with map exchange), since I then would not be distracted
about where the others was running. I ran well, and was still in the
lead. To the 12th control two other runners took the left route choice, and
managed to catch 2 second to me, but I kept my lead. In the end
of the races I just tried to keep a stable high speed, and run perfect
technically so I could continue to stay in the front. It went well, but in the run in
Fabian Hertner managed to pass with a few meters. It's a bit annoying to
be so close to a World Cup victory, but I was really satisfied
with my performance, and this was the first time I was top 3 in a WC
race sine 2007. Results, splits and GPS tracking.
A great TV production from the Semifinal and Final can be watched on
SVT play. On the NORT website you find a live page with links to result, GPS tracking and web TV from all races.