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A rough day for Tommy – European Champs Middle Distance Final
By Malcolm Ingham - Thu 10 May 2018 9:06pm

Tommy Hayes will have mixed feelings about the middle distance at the European Orienteering Champs. Although the only Kiwi to qualify, a big mistake on control 9 where he lost over 4 minutes on the fastest split, followed by another small error on 10, left him in 50th place, well down the field. The terrain was typically Swiss – very steep with lots of intricate gullies and 300m of climb over 5.4 km. The Swiss, on home territory were the big winners with not just gold and silver, but 5 men in the top 9!

  1. Matthias Kyburz (SUI) 34:25, 2. Florian Howald (SUI) 35:35, 3. Olav Lundanes (NOR) 35:47, 50. Tommy Hayes (NZL) 47:31.

In the women’s race Marika Teini of Finland held out reigning world champion Tove Alexandersson to take the gold.

  1. Marika Teini (FIN) 35:44, 2. Tove Alexanderssson (SWE) 35:52, 3.Simona Aebersold (SUI) 36:02

With no sprint or forest relay teams NZLs next involvement will be through Tommy and Tim Robertson in the long distance on Sunday evening New Zealand time.

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