Gold and silver to Sweden!

At the second day of competition during the World military skiing championship, Erik Blomgren from Sweden won the gold medal in the discipline ski orienteering with a safe margin. In the ladie’s class, Evelina Wickbom skied into a second place, just one second after Maria Kechkina from Russia. Double medals for Sweden in other words.

Evelina Wickbom at one of the controls. Photo: Mats Carlsson/ Swedish Armed Forces
Military World Champion! Erik Blomgren, a happy winner directly after the finish. Photo: Anna-Lena Hesse/Swedish Armed Forces
Women's champion Maria Kechkina, Russia. Photo: Mats Carlsson/ Swedish Armed Forces
Close, close, silver to Evelina Wickbom, Boden, only one second from the gold. Photo: Mats Carlsson/ Swedish Armed Forces

In the men's class 26 skiers participated. First to start was John Schandi from Germany. Then a skier started every two minutes. The most merited started at the end, among them Eduard Khrennikov with number 23 and Erik Blomgren with number 25. This means that there was a long exciting waiting before it was a fact that Erik finished in first place, 29 seconds ahead of Eduard Khrennikov from Russia and nearly two minutes before the bronze medalist Stanimir Belomazhev from Bulgaria.
– It feels great. I'm in good shape and did a good race. To win a medal in the World military skiing championship was one of my biggest goals this season. There were also many qualified skiers in the race and it is particularly pleasing to beat the very best, says Erik.

Among the 14 ladies it was a fierce battle for the medals, which ended in a gold medal for Russian Maria Kechkina, only one second before the home hope, Evelina Wickbom. In third place, 1:52 behind, came Natalia Naumova, also from Russia.
– I am satisfied with my race. Of course it would have been nice to win, but I did my best. Now I look forward to the mix relay tomorrow, Evelina says.