Norway win close sprint relay at WSOC

Norway won the sprint relay at the World Ski Orienteering Championships in Finland with steady performances from Anna Ulvensøen and Jørgen Baklid that left Sweden and Estonia behind in the fight for gold.

The first three days of WSOC competition in Finland offered some exciting racing at the Kallin Skicenter and the final event – the sprint relay – was no exception.

Italy’s Stefania Corradini set the pace in the first leg and was quickest to change with five other teams less than eight seconds behind her.

In the second leg, Norway’s Jørgen Baklid took the lead and from there he held firm with Anna Ulvensøen.

Nicola Müller showed the Swiss colors in the second leg by being right behind Baklid, but from the second leg it was Norway chased by the two Swedish teams and Estonia and Finland battling for bronze .

On the final stage Linus Rapp of Sweden 2 was a few seconds ahead of Jørgen Baklid halfway through, but Rapp had the long fork on the final loop and Baklid crossed the finish line with a clear lead of 19 seconds on Rapp.

Finland’s Tuomas Kotro won three medals this week and kept pushing to overtake third-placed Estonia, but Mattis Jaama stayed calm and secured bronze by two seconds.

Best Results – WSOC Speed ​​Relay

1 Norway (Ulvensøen, Baklid) 39:49
2 Sweden (Olsson, Rapp) 40:08
3 Estonia (Da. Kudre Schnyder, Jaama) 40:36
4 Finland (Koskela, Kotro) 40:38
5 Switzerland (Deininger, Muller) 41:37
6 Bulgaria (Dyaksova, Belomazhev) 43:09

Today’s result means Norway and Estonia shared first place in the overall medal standings after the WSOC.

Gold Silver Bronze

1 Norway 2 0 1
1 Estonia 2 0 1
3 Finland 1 4 1
4 Sweden 1 3 3
5 Bulgaria 1 0 0
6 Switzerland 0 0 1

The sprint relay was the last international ski orienteering competition of the 2021-2022 season – find ESOC and WUSOC results at Eventor.

JWSOC and EYSOC athletes ran their relays today – find the results here: https://wsoc2022.com/results/

Dino J. Dotson