Press release source: International Orienteering Federation
World TrailO Championships: TempO gold to Norway
The Norwegian athlete Sondre Ruud Bråten won the Final in today’s TempO event ahead of strong competition. He was closely challenged by Ondrez Macek, Czech Republic who ended just 6 seconds short of victory.
There was then quite a gap between the joint bronze medallists, the young Czech athlete Pavel Ptacek and the very experienced Italian Alessio Tenani. Another Italian, Marcello Lambertini, was only 4 seconds away from a medal, in fifth place.
There was Qualification in the morning with 2 heats, and 5 TempO stations to be tackled. The best 18 from each heat go to the afternoon Final, and one notable athlete, generally known for his speed and accuracy in TempO – Antti Rusanen, Finland – missed by one second.
Great Britain saw Ben Kyd being the only competitor from Great Britain to qualify and went through to the TempO FInal. GB Ian Ditchfield and GB Iain Phillips finished 23rd and 53rd respectively.
In the Class B Qualification heat unfortunately Tom Dobra just missed out and finished in 22nd place, with John Kewley in 25th, and Dominic Wathey in 27th place.
The Final had 9 stations, with competitors starting in reverse order of their Qualification finish. The venue on another hot day was the Japanese Gardens and surrounding terrain near Jelenia Góra, Poland, partly used for the Relay the day before.
The photo above shows Ben Kyd (Manchester and District Orienteering Club) just about to compete in the Final of the TempO competition at the World TrailO Championships.
Many congratulations to Ben who finished in 21st place in yesterday's TempO Final.
This is the best position of any Briton in a World TrailO Championships TempO! Well done Ben!
The Championships continue with 2 days of PreO, the combined results deciding the medal-winners.
Leading results, TempO
3= Pavel Ptacek CZE & Alessio Tenani ITA 368
Photos: Natasza Figiel / WTOC 2022