51. Kainuun Rastiviikko

51st Kainuu Orienteering Week

1.-6.7.2018 Kajaani, Finland

Oleksandr Kratov and Marika Teini were the winners of this year’s Kainuu Orienteering Week in women’s and men’s elite category. Teini, who had a comfortable 8.15 minutes lead after three stages, maintained her lead easily and won 5.24 ahead of Katri Liljeqvist, third was Mira Kaskinen. Kratov lead his club Koovee to take four first places as Timo Sild (+2.07) was second followed by Topi Anjala and Jani Lakanen.
Teini took her first ever KOW overall victory in women’s class.
”This was my goal and I got it. This was physically good preparations for WOC. I wanted to have hard terrains and tough races here and I got both. Today it was tricky, as I didn’t start full speed. At some point I started to wonder if I am saving too much and it would end badly, but luckily not”, she said.
Kratov had to fight harder as he had only 22 seconds lead to Sild when starting the final stage.
”I got what I wanted: beautiful terrain, good maps and good races. I am not happy about my performances, I was completely out of game on second stage”, Kratov said.
He was pleased he could take the lead after third stage and in the end he went full speed pretty much from the beginning on Friday.
”I saw Timo a couple ot times in the beginning. I just tried to keep my speed and do good orienteering.”
There were a total of 3774 participants in this years KOW at all events. From those competitive classes attracted 2170 participants. Next year KOW goes to Kuhmo where it takes place July 25-30.