Russians Kechkina and Kiselev best at ESOC

The Russian team were the biggest favorites for success at the just-concluded SkiO European Championships in Bulgaria, and it paid off. The best results came from Maria Kechkina, who won 2 individual gold medals and a gold in the relay, and Vladislav Kiselev, who won a gold medal in all races except the long distance – therefore 4 in all.

Russia’s success in depth is illustrated by the World Cup standings; in the women’s individual ranking, the first five in the ranking are Russian! Lisa Larsen of Sweden is in sixth place. In the men’s list, there are four nations represented in the top six. This week also saw the inauguration of the U23 competition, with their own World Championships in Sprint and Long races and their own World Cup, where Norway’s Jørgen Baklid is the leader of the men’s roster. The top six from each of the World Cup rosters are shown below.

All in all, it was a successful week of competition for the Bulgarian organizers, whose track and course officials had a lot of extra work to do after a blizzard caused the cancellation of the Day 2 race. C t has also become a tiring week for the athletes, with four races in a row. The Masters Skio World Championships also took place and were affected by the weather on the second day.

The Swedish team was weakened by the absence of its most successful athlete, Magdalene Olsson, who was ill (no Covid) at the start and returned home without competition. Hopefully she will be fit for the SkiO World Championships, which will be held in Kemi, Finland, from 14and at 19and Walks with the World Junior and European Youth Championships.

World Cup ranking after ESOC


  1. Mariya Kechkina RUS 240 points
  2. Olesia Ryazanova RUS 195
  3. Marina Vyatkina RUS 181
  4. Alena Trapeznikova RUS 150
  5. Tatiana Oborina RUS 149
  6. Lisa Larsen SWE 130


  1. Vladislav Kiselev RUS 250
  2. Andrey Lamov RUS 180
  3. Jørgen Baklid NOR 178
  4. Stanimir Belomajev BUL 130
  5. Linus Rapp SWE 124
  6. Audun Heimdal NOR 96

U23 World Cup – women

  1. Marina Vyatkina RUS 280
  2. Olesia Razanova RUS 260
  3. Judita Traubaite LTU 145
  4. Elin Schagerstrom SWE 142
  5. Alexandra Rusakova RUS 140

6 = Kristin Melby Jacobsen NOR & Synne Strand NOR 107

U23 World Cup – men

  1. Jørgen Baklid NOR 280
  2. Isak Jonsson NOR 197
  3. Igor Linkevich RUS 175
  4. Aapo Viippola END 145

5= Artemiy Dorma RUS & Niklas Ekstrom FIN 135

Dino J. Dotson