On Wednesday the third medal decision took place at the European Ski Orienteering Championship in Obertilliach. In the middle distance over about ten kilometer the favorites prevail.
With sunshine the second day of ski orienteering championship race over the middle distance took place in the early afternoon. 62 men and 46 women competed in the European Championships. The snow conditions on the track were good and hard on that day, over the night degrees below zero in the Lesachtal were responsible for the good conditions for the athlets. The middle distance mass start race of the men started at 13:30, the ladies followed at 14:00.
In the men’s class it was again Lars Moholdt who won the competition. The 30-year-old Norwegian won by 22 seconds ahead of the Russian Andrey Lamov. On the previous Monday Moholdt already won the sprint disciplin. For the long distance he is now favorite for the title again. "Of course I want to win also the long distance, but the others are very strong. It will be damn hard race", Moholdt said after the race. The third place took the Swede Erik Rost (+00: 23). Best Austrian was Johann Kugler (+10: 49) on the 37th place, Roland Fesselhofer lands only one place behind Kugler.
In the women's class the favorite Tove Alexandersson had to surrender the Russian Mariya Kechkina. Kechkina has already reached the third place at the sprint on Monday, on the middle distance she won with 45 seconds ahead of Alexandersson. It was the first gold medal for her at a major event. "I was well prepared for the European Championship. Actually i wanted to win the long distance, but today I made no mistakes", Kechkina said after the victory. Now she is also in the favorite role for gold in the long distance on Friday. Tatyana Oborina (+01: 47) took the bronze medal.
The best Austrian was Anna Nilsson Simkovic 33rd with 11:37 minutes behind the winner. "I can not handle the heigh, while the race I went out of air. My goal was actually to reach the top 25 and to collect World Cup points", said the 22-year-old from Vienna. Lisa Pacher hit number 37, Lisa Pirker and Marlene Habenicht could not finish the race. On Friday the next race will take place in Obertilliach, the prestigious long distance will start after a day off.