After the World Champs in Czech Republic most runners went straight to O-ringen in Sälen in Sweden where it is 3 World Cup races included.
Yesterday it was arranged a Sprint, with most of the course in hilly forest. I did a good race, and finished on 6th place, 29 seconds behind Peter Öberg. It was really tough physical, and my only mistakes were a few seconds lost on the route choices to the 5th and 16th control. Marius Bjugan did a great performance with a 4th place, and Anne Margrethe Hausken won the women’s class. Results
Today it was a Long distance with two runners staring together every second minute. It was a bit special because the legs before the frst butterfly were common. I was starting together with Valentin Novikov, but because he was a little bit late to start I had to run the first two legs alone before he caught me up.
We had the loops on the first butterfly in different order, but met again after the loop. On the longer legs to the next butterfly I was running together with Novikov and Dimitriy Tsvetkov, who had caught us up by two minutes. I had different order from both of them one the second butterfly. The short legs in the detailed area went well, and I did not see them any more.
The rest of the course I was really tired, and it was great to finish on a new best time. My result was a 4th place, 2 minutes behind Tero Föhr. My only mistake was to the 5th control, where I came to much to the right before the control, and lost a small minute. Anne Margrethe Hausken won also today the women’s class. Results
Tomorrow it is Middle distance, which is the last World Cup race during O-ringen. But it will also be a chasing start on Friday, with price money to the best overall. I am now at a total 3rd place, and are really looking forward to the two coming days. O-ringen Online