Tove Alexandersson, Sweden and Matthias Kyburz, Switzerland both won their second individual gold medal of the Championships in the Middle Distance Final at Černá Voda, Czech Republic today.
Alexandersson put on an impressive display of high-speed orienteering, winning by 2.13 and the fastest throughout. Kyburz also enjoyed a comfortable victory – by 34 seconds.
Early leader in the women’s race was Maja Alm, Denmark who set a marker time of 35.37. In the end there were four others who were faster: silver medallist Judith Wyder, Switzerland, bronze medallist Marika Teini, Finland who was 12 seconds slower than Wyder, and Emily Kemp, Canada. This was Marika Teini’s first international medal; she was second in the World Cup Sprint in Poland earlier in the month so she has clearly moved up a level this year.
Of the later starters (leaders in the qualification races yesterday), only Judith Wyder finished in a high position.
For a long time it seemed that the finish time of Gustav Bergman, Sweden, was not going to be beaten, but last starter Matthias Kyburz had other ideas, and after a very good second half of the course he stormed to the finish to contribute again to a very good week for the Swiss. Bergman remained the fastest on the first part of the course. Lucas Basset, France took the bronze medal with a time 51 seconds slower than Kyburz’s. There were 5 Swiss athletes in the top 11 in the results list.
Congratulations to your second gold medal at Jeseník. How would you describe the race today? It was really great race for me. I´ve won already yesterday qualification so I knew that my speed is good and that I am also well prepared technically. I continued the same today. I´ve had enough time for map reading, I was really taking object by object. I´ve had it all the time under control, so perfect race for me today.
What was the key moment of the course? Difficult to decide. I think I was really ready from the start. I was starting so many times as the last one and never got the medal. Today I knew exactly what to do from the very beginning. This tactic was the decisive moment today.
How did you feel physically? You´ve had so many kilometers in your legs… Although I run many races in last few days it was somehow ok and at the end I was quite flying.
How was the race? It was really good. I have done almost perfect orienteering. It was very physical and I did not push maximum because I wanted to stay focused on orienteering and it was good because I have done only 10 second at one control, but otherwise it was really good. Yes, I am satisfied with my orienteering today.
How were your legs after the long distance? Oh yes, the first day after I was a bit tired but today I was ready again.
Do you think that your performance will be sufficient for the victory today? It is hard, there is a lot of good runners. But I am satisfied with my way a let's see who beats me. I wanted to do a good technique and I really did.