Four classes, gold to four nations. Athletes from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden all tasted glory today. Nine nations won medals; the highest number, silver medals in three classes, went to the Czech Republic.
W16 – nervous moments before the start Photos: Donatas Lazauskas
A Scandinavian team proved to be the strongest in all the relay classes, but the Czech teams took silver medals in M18 and W16, finishing 34 and 35 seconds down on the winners, Norway and Finland, respectively. Bronze medals in M18 went to the home nation Lithuania, and in W16 to Hungary. Sweden won W18 by 18 seconds, with Finland second and Russia third.
Martin Vehus Skjerve brings Norway into victory in M18
Denmark had the biggest win of the day, in M16 by 2.57 after leading throughout. Here the Czechs took their third set of silver medals, whilst the bronze medals went to Estonia.
The final day of the Championships is tomorrow: the Sprint in Vilnius Old Town. The courses are largely in the old town’s narrow and twisty streets, passages and backyards plus an area of public park. The races will have full TV coverage similar to a World Cup race, and can be followed on IOF Live. Racing starts at 0900 local time (CEST + 1).
Cover photo: Hanna Jonsell comes to the finish to take a W18 win for Sweden
Leading relay results
- Sweden (E Sonesson, I Bengtsson, H Jonsell) 1:35:06
- Finland (E Tale, I Karppinen, S Isoherranen) 1:35:24
- Russia (A Kurova, K Beskhmelnova, O Gladilkina) 1:37:05
- Hungary, 5. Latvia, 6. Czech Republic
- Norway (A Bjørnerød, B Takle, MV Skjerve) 1:42:35
- Czech Republic (V Cech, L Vitebsky, M Simsa) 1:43:09
- Lithuania (T Dementavicius, A Casas, A Lapinstas) 1: 47:14
- Estonia, 5. Russia, 6. Finland
- Finland (V Pellikka, E Punto, S Kemppi) 1:16:49
- Czech Republic (M Novotna, M Metelkova, L Martanova) 1:17:24
- Hungary (L Lemtai, J Mikes, R Maramarosi) 1:23:24
- Russia, 5. Latvia, 6. France
- Denmark (C Blakskjær, N Dalgaard, H Mogensen) 1:30:36
- Czech Republic (J Strycek, J Rocansky, D Bolehovsky) 1:33:33
- Estonia (CM Krahv, OR Priks, R Marenakk) 1:34:34
- Poland, 5. Russia, 6. Belgium
Race highlights (Produced by Edgars Sparāns):