Now that three stages are done it is time to present the result in the four elite classes for juniors.
Wet and a bit foggy. That’s a way to sum up today’s middle distance. HD21 Elit is doing a
sprint this evening in Lindvallen, so today we fully focus on the juniors.
Tilda has won two out of three
Tilda Johansson, OK Orion. That’s the name of the leader in D20 Elit. Tilda, who won the first stage, also won the third stage. After the second stage, she had the lead in the total with only two seconds, but now she is more than three minutes ahead of Johanna Öberg, OK Linné, in second place. Third is Paula Gross from Switzerland, who compete for Helsingin Sunnistajat and won the second stage. She is almost nine minutes behind Tilda.
Finland and Sweden are in the top in H20 Elit
In H20 Elit there is a battle between Simon Hector, Snättringe SK and Olli Ojanaho from Ounasvaaran Hiihtoseura in Finland. Simon won the first stage and Olli the second. The third stage was won Ollipekka Heikkilä, also he from Finland, competing for Lynx. Olli has the lead in the total, only 18 seconds ahead of Simon after the first three stages. In third place is Oskar Leinonen, OK Kolmården, more than seven minutes behind. It is worth to notice that Orhan Kutly from Turky came in third place at the middle distance. This kind of race is somewhat of his speciality and he is the only Turkish runner through history who has qualified and run a final in the World Championships.
- Orhan has told me that 2022, at latest, he will win the middle distance in the World Championships, as a long term goal. That’s cool! Says the former coach who nowadays is responsible for O-Ringen Academy, Göran Andersson.
A battle between Norway and Finland in D18 Elit
Veera Klemettinen. That’s the name of the total leader in D18 Elit. Veera has been top three in all the stages. Behind her, there’s two Norwegian girls, Synne Strand, Asker SK an Annie Lome, Hamar OK. Synne is two and a half minute behind and Annie is five minutes behind Veera.
Isac is still in good shape after the Junior World Championships
In H18 Elit, Isac von Krusenstierna has, just like Tilda Johansson, won the first and third stage and he also has the lead in the total. Isac competes for OK Kåre and earlier this summer he took two bronze medals at the Junior World Championships. He was also in the team that came in second place in the relay. Isac has a small lead in the total and in second place is his friend from the same orienteering high school in Sandviken, Simon Imark from Tullinge SK. He is 43 seconds behind Isac. In third place is Jesper Svensk, Stora Tuna OK, almost three minutes behind Isac. Also Jesper goes to the high school in Sandviken.
All of these classes are still relatively open. On Thursday O-Ringen continues with a challenging long distance race in Lindvallen.