Tove Alexandersson and Gustav Bergman were the best during World Cup orienteering at Skolleborg.

Tove Alexandersson was in a league of her own in the mostly tough Norwegian terrain outside of Halden today. The marshes were vegetated and difficult to maneuver through. But this didn’t stop Alexandersson at all:
- I’ve made a technically well performed race. And now I really look forward to WOC in the same kind of surroundings next year, she said after the race.

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Today’s runner up, Kamilla Olaussen from Østfold and Fredrikstad, is another runner that’ll look forward to WOC 2019 in the local forests:
- It feels really good to have succeeded in the home forests of Østfold today. This means a lot to me after having worked hard for many years, Olaussen said after having reached the podium in a World Cup competition for the first time in her career.

Today she was just over three minutes behind Tove Alexandersson. In third place came Alexandersson’s team mate Karolin Ohlsson:
- I’ve performed good for a long period of time now, but in the final stages of today’s race I became a bit unfocused and made a mistake. Now after the race it really annoys me. But I mainly focus on holding on to the good parts, Ohlsson said.

The pedal to the metal 

In the men’s race Gustav Bergman took his first ever victory in a World Cup race:
- When I feel as strong as today, I know that I can put the pedal to the metal. I know from previous experience that in this type of terrain I will endure the whole race at maximum speed. It felt good to perform to capacity today, Bergman said.  

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Reigning long-distance World Champion Olav Lundanes had to settle for a step down on the podium today: 
- The first half of my race wasn’t particularly good today. I made one bad route choice, and on the fourth control I wasted some 20 seconds on a miss. I’m disappointed in having been beaten on home soil. My performance was just not good enough today, Lundanes concluded.

Matthias Kyburz from Switzerland came in third:
- My race was good, with just one small mistake, and I’m happy with today’s performance, Kyburz said.

Tomorrow it’s time for a prologue/pursuit when WC/Pre-WOC continues, and on Sunday there will be relays. 

Results

Women

1

Tove Alexandersson

SWE

64:33 +00:00

2

Kamilla Olaussen

NOR

68:02 +03:29

3

Karolin Ohlsson

SWE

69:14 +04:41

4

Marianne Andersen

NOR

69:25 +04:52

5

Marika Teini

FIN

69:47 +05:14

6

Lina Strand

SWE 

71:12 +06:39

 

Men

Gustav Bergman

SWE

77:36 +00:00

2

Olav Lundanes

NOR

78:11 +00:35

3

Matthias Kyburz

SUI

81:10 +03:34

4

Emil Svensk

SWE

82:13 +04:37

5

Albin Ridefelt

SWE

82:24 +04:48

6

Magne Daehli

NOR

83:37 +06:01

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