O-Ringen started off with a success

Tove Alexandersson and Thierry Gueorgiou were today’s favourites and they both won at the first stage of O-Ringen, which began this Sunday at Högfjällshotellet in Sälen.

- My mind is set on O-Ringen right now, I like the competition and the concept of competing for five days. I’m not thinking about the fact that the World Championships is a few weeks away, says a smiling Tove Alexandersson

Tove won the first stage and she was 3 minutes and 53 seconds faster than Anne Margret Hausken Nordberg from Norway. The world champion Svetlana Mironova came in third place.

Another competitor who had a great day at work is Thierry Gueorgiou from France, who won 1.17 before Jerker Lysell, who had planned to pass the second stage, but are now thinking about competing the whole week. Third came Magne Dähli from Norway.

-I have to talk to my trainer. I’ll let him decide, but it’s tempting to keep competing after this start.

The first stage was settled around Kungsleden and Köarsfjället. There were runners from 40 different countries and the weather was perfect. O-Ringen continues tomorrow and stage two takes place at Storfjället. The question is, have Tove Alexandersson and Thierry Gueorgiou got the grip of the total victory already.

- A fantastic day with fantastic achievements. I want to thank all the participators for following our directions regarding transportation to and from the arena, says Jimmy Birklin, the secretary general for O-Ringen.

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