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IOF Ski Orienteering World Cup: emphatic Middle Distance victories for Alexandersson and Lamov

Tove Alexandersson, Sweden was in supreme form today, completing the Middle race a whole 3 minutes faster than the Russian athlete Mariya Kechkina. In the men’s race, Andrey Lamov, Russia enjoyed a convincing win by 1.03 over Bulgarian Stanimir Belomazhev.

Both Alexandersson and Lamov overcame relatively disappointing performances in the Sprint race on Friday. In quite bright weather, Alexandersson was fastest overall throughout the course, making only very minor mistakes in passing through a complex network of ski tracks in the forested terrain at Ylläs, Finland. It meant second place as on Friday for Kechkina, whose time throughout was closely matched by home athlete Sonja Moersky. Kechkina finished strongly and was 31 seconds faster at the end.

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Women’s flower ceremony: from left, Mariya Kechkina, Tove Alexandersson, Sonja Moersky

Andrey Lamov was fastest overall from the second control onwards. IOF World Rankings leader Belomazhev, showing no ill effects from his fall at the beginning of the Sprint Relay, had a slowish start but was third or second from control 5 onwards. Sweden’s Erik Rost took third place, 30 seconds slower than Belomazhev. Five nations were represented amongst the top six in the results, only Russia having two athletes in this group.

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Andrey Lamov at the finish

Tomorrow is a rest day, and this round concludes on Tuesday with a mass-start Long Distance race. Follow it on IOF LiveCenter!

Leading results, Middle Distance


  1. Tove Alexandersson SWE 37:09
  2. Mariya Kechkina RUS 40:09
  3. Sonja Moersky FIN 40:40
  4. Tatyana Oborina RUS 40:53
  5. Magdalena Olsson SWE 41:04
  6. Milka Reponen FIN 41:07


  1. Andrey Lamov RUS 39:42
  2. Stanimir Belomazhev BUL 40:45
  3. Erik Rost SWE 41:15
  4. Eduard Khrennikov RUS 41:21
  5. Lars Moholdt NOR 41:24
  6. Ville-Petteri Saarela FIN 41:37



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