Daisy Kudre wins gold and silver at World Ski Orienteering Championships | Sports

In the 2.8km split of the 3.3km race, Kudre was in close competition for second or third, sitting closely on the track of Swedish athlete Anna Magdalena Olsson. The Estonian managed to close the gap in the end, however, and eventually took a 17-second (15.22) win over Olsson, followed by Norway’s Anna Ulvensöen (+0.22).

Wednesday’s victory marks the first individual medal at the world championships for the 27-year-old Estonian. In 2017, she won bronze in a relay competition.

The remaining Estonian women in the orienteering finished as follows: Doris Kudre 15th (+2.02), Evely Kaasiku 21st (+2.46), Epp Paalberg 25th (+3.12) and Kaisa Rooba 37th (+ 7.02).

The men’s Kääriku competition was won by Vladislav Kiselev, competing on neutral grounds. The second and third places were occupied by the Norwegian athletes Audun Heimdal (+0.17) and Jörgen Baklid (+0.18).

The best Estonian man was Mattis Jaama, 17th (+2.07). Kevin Hallop was 24th (+2.38), Kaarel Vesilind was 27th (+2.59), Rimmo Rõõm was 38th (+3.57), Andres Rõõm was 39th (+4.01) and Tõnis Laugesaar was 53rd (+ 7.26).

Kudre wins silver in Thursday’s pursuit

After capturing her first career individual medal on Wednesday, Kudre followed that up with a silver medal in the 11 km pursuit race, finishing second (+19 seconds) behind Sweden’s Lisa Larsen (1:05.44). Larsen’s national teammate Evelina Wickbom was third, three seconds behind Kudre.

Kudre and Larsen were neck and neck in the final two splits, but better course choice gave the Swede the lead and the first-ever World Pursuit Championship went to Larsen.

“I saw Larsen ahead of me, but I couldn’t catch up to her. I made a few bad route choices, took tighter, smoother routes, lost time,” said Kudre shortly after finishing, still very happy to have finished second.

The 27-year-old gave Estonians two more reasons to cheer during the week-long independence celebrations. The two medals came from two completely different disciplines. Wednesday’s gold came from a 15-minute sprint, while Thursday’s chase lasted over an hour.

Good course choices in the first third of the 11km event gave Kudre a minute gap, but some tracking errors saw the Estonian third for the map change two-thirds into the race . “I compared the choices. And I didn’t see the best on the map, because we had little time. You have to make the choice quickly and I didn’t see the go-around,” admitted Kudre in an interview with ERR. .

“I picked the best option, rode and rode and figured it was going a bit wrong. Bad choice. But I thought to myself in the woods it was a tough course. Don’t give up no! Go on!” she says.

The two medals were a pleasant surprise as the Estonian went into the event with the hope of getting on the podium once. “I was dreaming of a medal and even if I could win one, these world championships would be a success. Winning two medals, especially a gold one, is great. I am certainly happy and happy,” Kudre noted. .

The athlete noted that she was also able to overcome pre-race nerves. “I’m usually very nervous and excited before the competition. But here, coming to Estonia for the world championships, I felt different, there was also some pressure,” Kudre said.

“I’ve reached the best shape of my life and these competitions are in Estonia and it’s great. The mental preparation too. I’ve thought a lot about it, how to deal with this pressure and everything. I was able to deal with it. is more than great,” added the two-time medalist.

Daisy Kudre celebrates on the podium after winning gold in the sprint discipline at the Kääriku World Championships. Source: Reigo Teervalt

Editor’s note:This article has been updated with Thursday’s results and comments from Kudre.

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Dino J. Dotson