Czech Republic and Finland won the Relay
It was in a festive atmosphere that the World MTB Orienteering Championships WMTBOC 2016 came to the end. In Mealhada, with its Urban Park as the epicenter of all emotions, Finland and the Czech Republic got the Relay titles in the Elite classes.
The city of Mealhada hosted the last final of the World MTB Orienteering Championships WMTBOC 2016. For an always exciting Relay, lined up a total of 90 teams, fighting for the Elite and Junior world titles and also for the European Youth titles.
In the Men Elite class, the first note of emotion was given by the Portuguese team, thanks to another excellent performance of Davide Machado, in the lead at the end of the first leg. The Finnish Jussi Laurila was fastest in the second leg, now with the Czech Republic at close three seconds. Less than a minute to the lead, France followed in the third position. With an amazing performance in the final leg, Krystof Bogar was able to increase the advantage of the Czech Republic over its most direct rivals, setting it at the end in 1:51 on Russia, second placed. The victory of the Czech team, with a time of 2:05:44, means the recover of the world title that escaped them since 2013. The third place went to France, with 2:07:39, while Austria, World Champion in 2015, concluded in the 6th position, just one second behind Lithuania, after an exciting sprint in which Jonas Maiselis and Andreas Waldmann were the protagonists.