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13 February 2016 | in World University Championships, Ski Orienteering

Pursuit in the Snowfall at 1st WUC Ski Orienteering



TULA - The second day of competition at the 2016 FISU World University Ski Orienteering Championship in Aleksin, Tula (Russian Federation) dawned under a fresh layer of snow. As preparations finalised at the venue, the snowfall picked up and was consistent throughout the whole competition. Nevertheless, this did not turn back the student-athletes who braved the cold, windy snow conditions to put down their best possible performances.

The men’s event started the day and, as in the sprint, Bulgaria’s Stanimir BELOMAZHEV (National Defence College "G.S.Rakovski") won in 33:01s, ahead of the Finish duo of Tero LINNAINMAA (Tampere University of Applied Sciences) in 33:25s and Jyri UUSITALO (Lapland University of Applied Sciences) with 33:31s.

In the women’s event, the gold medal was won by Anna ULVENSØEN of Norway (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) in 22:27s. The second and third places were won by Finnish student-athletes, respectively, Sanna PUSA (University of Jyväskylä) in 23:02 and Sonja MÖRSKY (University of Eastern Finland) in 23:19s.


Interview with Organising Committee Vice-Director Marina SUKHANOVA


What can you say about the pursuit discipline?

This is a new discipline in the sport of Ski Orienteering. Pursuits are not held too often because this type of orienteering is time- and energy-consuming, providing you want to prepare everything well. However, at the same time, pursuits in Ski Orienteering are as spectacular as in biathlon and cross-country skiing.


Have you succeeded in having the pursuit today?

Yes! We’ve done it! And a small number of participants have helped us. We’ve got good results due to well-organized work of all the services.


Live Streaming & Results


Live Streaming Sprint Distance Competition.

Live Streaming Pursuit Distance Competition.

Live Streaming Mixed Relay Competition.

Live Streaming Middle Distance Mass Start Competition. 


Online results and GPS tracking can be found here.


(Source: OC WUSOC 2016)