Victory to Minna Kauppi!

Minna Kauppi won convincingly in the heat of the afternoon in Bærum. The World Cup middle distance was 5.1 km in an area with many paths and demanding terrain, that the Finn tackled best. Marianne Andersen finished in 2nd place, beaten by 47 seconds. Swedish Helena Jansson finished in 3rd place.

Kauppi tackled the heat and terrain best

Minna Kauppi was clearly the best today, but found the heat and the terrain very demanding.

- It was a really hot run and I got quite confused by all the paths. There were lots of people who had run before me  so it was difficult to determine whether some of the trails were made today or whether they were on the map, said Kauppi after the finish.

All in all Kauppi was very pleased with her performance in the World Cup race in Bærum.

- It was a good performance with only minimal loss of time, concluded Kauppi.

 

Andersen struggled in the heat

Marianne Andersen took an excellent 2nd place behind Kauppi, but struggled in the heat in Bærum today.

- The heat really didn't feel good, but of course it's the same for everybody. It helped coming through the arena with the shower they had arranged over the course, said Andersen.

During the race, the spectators could see on the big screen that Andersen was at times together with Simone Niggli, and that they were keeping up a really good speed.

- I caught up with Simone and ran in front of her for a stretch, but was probably over-eager and made a 30 second mistake at a control. In total I have two half-minute mistakes, said Andersen.

It was obvious from the runners after the finish that they'd had a very technically challenging run at Fossum today. The many paths and details put their orienteering skills to the test.

- It was a really fun course and the terrain was very demanding. So here it's very difficult to manage a run with no mistakes, concluded Marianne Andersen.