After the Switzerland, Sweden, Finland and Denmark's dominance on the first two days of the European Youth Orienteering Championships EYOC 2013, the last day allowed to add the names of Russia and the Czech Republic to the set of the big winners. Individually, Sara Hagstrom won everything there was to win and she is, undeniably, the “queen” of these Championships. Succeeding the Czech Republic, Finland was the winner overall.
The 15th edition of the European Youth Orienteering Championships EYOC 2013 came to the end this morning, in Vale Benfeito, Óbidos. An edition marked by the excellence of maps and terrains, an organization attentive and fully available to the 362 athletes from 32 countries presents, overcoming moments of enormous significance and value to the participants and, last but not least , warm weather and bright sunshine, to put even more colour and life on everyone's faces.
Eagerly awaited, the Relay ended the Championships with an atmosphere of party and joy. Involving a total of 92 teams spread over four levels of competition, the courses were marked by the uncertainty about the winner until the final second, involving some surprising twists and a couple of unexpected results. In terms of twists, the most fantastic was led by Sweden in W18 Class, while the biggest surprise was eventually carried by Hungary, silver medallist in the W16 Class. As for the Portuguese, again, the last day of doesn't add something substantive in terms of results, and the M16 team achieved the best result, finishing in 12th position.