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On Friday the long distance medal decision took place at the European Ski Orienteering Championship in Obertilliach in Austria. Over the long distance Lars Moholdt again won the race and celebrated his third gold medal. In the women's category Mariya Kechkina won

During perfect weather conditions on Friday the race over the long distance took place in the late morning. 57 men and 42 women competed in the supreme discipline at the European Championships. The men's race started at 11:00, the ladies followed at 11:15.

In the men’s category it was again Lars Moholdt who gave his competitors no chance. The 30-year-old Norwegian won with 2:30 minutes ahead of the Russians Eduard Khrennikov and grabbing himself the third gold medal in Obertilliach. On Monday and Wednesday Moholdt already won the sprint and the middle distance race. Third place went to the Bulgarians Belomazhev Stanimir (+03: 38). Best Austrian was Roland Fesselhofer (+24: 19) on the 27th place, Johan Kugler was ranked on playe 31 (+30: 27). Max Habenicht (37th, +54: 17) and Hannes Pacher (57 39th Place and +01: 34) also finished the race.

In the women's race Russian Mariya Kechkina underlined her role as a favorite and won in front of Alena Trapeznikova (+01:00). Kechkina has reached the sprint third place on Monday, won on the middle distance on Wednesday and now also won the gold medal at the long distance. Third place went to the Swede Tove Alexandersson (+01: 24).

The best Austrian was again Anna Nilsson Simkovic on the 25th place with 22:13 minutes behind the winner. Lisa Pirker reached number 36 (+01:16:22), on Saturday the last race in Obertilliach takes place, the start will be at 13 o'clock.

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