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Ski Orienteering World Cup: Relay wins for Russia and Sweden

In two well-fought relay races at Orsa Grönklitt in Sweden, Russia won the women’s race, 38 seconds ahead of Sweden at the finish. The order was reversed in the men’s relay with Russia behind Sweden by 56 seconds.

Anastasia Kravchenko was fourth for Russia through the first change-over in the women’s race, then Yuliya Tarasenko on the second leg brought Russia up into the lead. Sweden’s Tove Alexandersson was unable to catch up Tatyana Rvacheva on the last leg.  The Swedish team held second place throughout. Sonja Mörsky impressed for Finland in bringing her team up from sixth to third place on the final leg.

In the men’s race Sweden was in front at both changeovers and Peter Arnesson was well in front of the Russian Andrey Lamov at the finish. Lamov brought the Russian team up from fifth place to second on the last leg. Third-placed Norway was seventh after the first leg but less than 2 minutes down on the lead; Lars Hol Moholt brought the team up to fifth on the second leg, and Hans Jørgen Kvåle also gained two places, finishing only 2 seconds behind Russia.

This World Cup round ends with a Long distance race tomorrow (Sunday).

Picture galleries from this round may be viewed via the link

Leading results – Relay


  1. Russia 1 (Anastasia Kravchenko, Yuliya Tarasenko, Tatyana Rvacheva) 1:34:29
  2. Sweden 1 (Magdalene Olsson, Josefine Engström, Tove Alexandersson) 1:35:07
  3. Finland 1 (Marjut Turunen, Milka Leppäsalmi, Sonja Mörsky) 1:38:58


  1. Sweden 1 (Andreas Holmberg, Erik Rost, Peter Arnesson) 1:35:53
  2. Russia 1 (Vladimir Barchukov, Kirill Veselov, Andrey Lamov) 1:36:49
  3. Norway 1 (Sindre Haverstad, Lars Hol Moholt, Hans Jørgen Kvåle) 1:36:52


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