25.10.2016, Madi
Beijing, China, 2016
PWT China stage 2
The PWT China continued today with another sprint, Beijing Garden Expo Park being the setting. The race was run together with the China Elite Championships. The victories went out to Belgium and Denmark as the fastest were Yannick Michiels and Maja Alm. The race also had a WRE status.
Beijing Garden Expo Park, on the western side of the city, provided a magnificent venue for today's orienteering race. It was also a culturally rich environment with monuments, statues, and traditional Chinese houses. These added with tracks, flower beds, different vegetation and some ridges, offered the runners varying kinds of challenges. Another crucial aspect was adjusting your running speed accordingly. The ones who could master these challenges the best were:

1. Maja Alm (DEN) 13:29
2. Alice Leake (GBR) 14:41
3. Adela Indrakova (CZE) 15:25

1. Yannick Michiels (BEL) 14:09
2. Tim Robertson (NZL) 14:22
3. Oystein Kvaal Osterbo (NOR) 14:34

Among the ladies, it was the same duo on the top as yesterday, Maja Alm tooking her second victory and Alice Leake another second position. A new runner among the top 3 was Adele Indrakova. Among the men, Yannick Michiels advanced one position from yesterday and took the victory. Young New Zealander Tim Robertson was second, and Oystein Kvaal Osterbo once again had seconds on his side as he beat Johan Runesson by just one second being third.

The terrain and the course received a lot of praise from the competitors:
-One of the coolest places I have ever run a race in, was the first comment of many runners after the race.
-There were many interesting route choice legs and it was not easy to decide on the best one.
-It was not at all simple, because it was hard to say what to expect by just looking at the map. The features on the map are of course the same, but in reality, the houses (or temples), cliffs, and such could be quite different looking than what we are used to in Europe.

Below you can find the:
Men's map

We will continue tomorrow with a WRE middle distance race in the Olympic Forest Park.

Top 3

Part of the terrain

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