The European Youth Orienteering Championships took place in Belarus over the weekend. Young orienteers from 32 countries arrived in the city of Grodno, Belarus, with a Long Distance, Relay, and a Sprint to look forward to. Throughout the weekend, the organisers put on a high quality event from ceremonies and transports to courses and terrain.
The athletes were challenged straight away by the long distance. Presented with tough, hilly terrain, both the Czech Republic and Hungary claimed double victories. Anna Karlova and Martin Simsa, Czech republic, won W16 and M16 respectively, whilst Ferenc Jonas and Csilla Gardonyi, Hungary, claimed the M18 and W18 titles.
The next day Finland was on great Relay form. They won both the women’s classes, as well as M18, making it 3 out of 4 for Finland. Only in M16 did another nation grab the top spot with Czech Republic winning the gold.
The championships ended with a fast paced sprint in Grodno city centre. Marketa Mulickova, Czech Republic, won the W16 and Malin Agervig Kristiansson, Denmark, was the winner in W18. M16 was won by Konstantin Kunckel, Germany, whilst Stanislaw Kurzyp, Poland, was the winner in M18.
To see pictures and full results, check out the event website.