Knock out win for Kauppi!

Minna Kauppi showed once again that she masters both the Bærum terrain and the summer heat better than any, with a supreme victory in today's long distance. Kauppi started 47 seconds before Marianne Andersen, but increased her lead to 3.37 by the finish. Marianne Andersen raced in to a great 2nd place and Simone Niggli took the third place, beaten by 4.55.

Full house to Kauppi

Minna Kauppi demonstrated for both spectators and TV-viewers that she is the world's best orienteering runner at the moment. Less than two months before the World Championships in Hungary, Kauppi showed the rest of the world elite what she is good for. Kauppi explained that she had great respect both for the terrain and for the heat as she started her race in today's chasing start.

- I opened carefully, very conscious of the heat, the terrain and the length of the course. But the course wasn't quite as I'd expected and I had a good run with just small mistakes, said Kauppi.

Minna Kauppi understood that she was in the lead when she came to the first butterfly fork, and had control from there in.

- There were some big challenges in today's race, amongst other things the scale of the map. I'm not used to running with a 1:15000 map. The heat was also a problem, but it was worst at the start and not so bad in the woods.

 Andersen with curls

Marianne Andersen started 47 seconds behind Kauppi in today's chasing start, but never managed to catch up with the Finn. She kept her position and ended up in 2nd place, 3.37 behind Kauppi.

- I tried to focus on my own race and I'm very pleased with my performance. But I added a few too many curls to the course, said a contented Marianne Andersen after the finish.

The World Championships take place in Hungary in just less than two months and Andersen has a clear plan to prepare for the challenges waiting there.

- Now I have a period with large amounts of training in front of me. Then I will tone down the amount and put in some hard sessions, as well as focusing on technique training, concluded Andersen.