Tove Alexandersson and Jerker Lysell are running with the highest speed this O-Ringen. They both crushed their opponents in the second stage. O-Ringen in the mountains of Dalarna has so far invited to fast running. The best runners are keeping a speed around 5 minutes per kilometre in the hilly terrain.
- I don’t know what has happened, all my races this year has been really good, says Jerker Lysell, who mainly focuses on sprint.
Jerker came in second place at yesterday’s stage and today he won. He was more than a minute faster than Magne Dähli from Norway and the favourite to win the total, Thierry Gueorgiou. There was especially a leg in the middle of the course that was the crucial point. Many of the elite runners even chose to run outside of the map to avoid the steepest hills.
The woman’s competition is probably settled after just two days. Tove Alexandersson now has a lead with nearly 10 minutes
- I really like this. It was tricky in the start and you had to run fast in the end. But I have to find the controls the rest of the days too.
In the woman’s class Tove is 9.49 ahead of Anne Margrethe Hausken Nordberg from Norway. On third place is Heidi Östlid Bagstevold, also from Norway, 11.58 behind Tove. Thierry Gueorgiou has the lead in the men’s class, 3 seconds ahead of Jerker Lysell. Third is Magne Dähli, 1.36 behind.
Tuesday evening there’s a sprint in Lindvallen, which is Lysell’s speciality and also the distance he is running at the World Championships.
Jimmy Birklin, the secretary general, could once again sum up the day as sunny for the 20 000 orienteerers in Sälen.
- It is really a propaganda for the sport. I am so glad that we can contribute this.