The Danish Steensgaard is the European queen of obstacle races


I’m Ida Mathilde Steensgaard (Denmark) e Jesse De Heer (Holland) to be the first to cross the finish line of the Short Courseon a track of 3km and 20 obstacles, at the cross-country skiing stadium in Lago di Tesero with a marvelous Dolomite backdrop, respectively in 21’36 “and 14’40”. Among the women Katrine Haaland Leveraas (Norway) completes the ranking in 23’59 “and Katja Christensen (Denmark) in 24’01”, who returns to the podium after the 2019 silver medal. In the men, European vice champion Sergei Perelygin ( Europe) in 15’49 “, followed by Jonas Drescher (Denmark) in 16’14”.


There Standard Course has put the obstacle racer to the test with a course of 16km and +700 meters in altitude, between the municipalities of Tesero and Cavalese, scattered with 50 obstacles. Indescribable Ida Mathilde Steensgaard (Denmark) who also wins in the long distance in 1h55’27 “against Alisa Petrova (Europe) in 1h58’52” and Ulrikke Evensen (Denmark) 1h57’54 “(with penalty). The new vice champion is blue Eugenio Bianchi 1h30’15 “, beaten by Thomas Buyle (Belgium) 1h29’20 “, who redeems the third place in 2019, and followed by Dani Garca Gmez (Spain) in 1h31’01”.

“I pushed from the start to gain positions on the climb – comments the blue Eugenio BianchiI also managed to maintain my advantage on the downhill, but when I missed an obstacle, which I hadn’t trained properly, I had to face a final penalty loop. Despite having managed the gap from the Swiss Pezzani well, the Buyle phenomenon arrived from behind on the final stretch and was the first to cross the finish line ”.


Two bronzes for Italy on the 6km track with 23 obstacles to overcome in collaborative mode. The team made up of Gian Maria Savani, Loris Pintarelli and Raffaele Depedri (32’16 “) is preceded by OCR World (32’12 “), while Jesse De Heer drags on the podium Hang On The Netherlands (31’44 “). Laura Catti, Federica Toni and Dinahlee Calzolari (46’49 “) must give way to the winners Poland Women (44’10 “) and the German Girls Power (44’55”). In the mix team she wins OCR Stars (38’07 “), followed by Fixyou Sports Clinic (38’48”) and Hang On The Netherlands (40’42 “). 100mt Race (10 obstacles) are French Houles Dimitri and the Polish Katarzyna Jonaczyk the champions of the exciting format that has always involved, during the qualifying and final rounds, a large and warm audience.


In the 3km for the Italians a loot of 7 Age Group Medals: 3 golds (Annalisa Pini category 50-54, Luca Pellerei 45-49 years and Sofia Marconi 16-17), 1 silver (Flavio Pellerei 20-24) and 3 bronzes (Barbara Dominici 45-49, Chiara Proietti 25-29 and Francesco Pia 20-24). In the 15km well 12 Age Group Medals with 5 golds (Alessandro Coletta 35-39, Gian Maria Savani 30-34, Catti Laura 30-34, Dinahlee Calzolari 25-29 and Loris Schina 25-29), 2 silvers (Andrea Riva 35-39 and Noemi Orologio 30-34 ), 5 bronzes (Yuri Tessa 50-54, Luca Pellerei 45-49, Laura Bellomi 35-39, Gioele Guidi 25-29 and Francesco Pia 20-24).


Also present in Tesero Alexandre França ofUnion Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne And Fabrizio Bittner, President of the FIPM Italian Federation of Modern Pentathlonafter the decision to start a test phase with the obstacle course aimed at identifying the fifth discipline that will replace horse riding starting from Los Angeles Olympic Games 2028. “We are happy to be able to attend this important event – declares the President Bittner which will allow us to begin to orient ourselves in the world of obstacle racing. The OCR, selected by the Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne to replace horse riding after the 2024 Paris Olympics, perfectly marries the values ​​of the Modern Pentathlon and its main characteristics, combining athletic gesture and concentration. I thank the President Mauro Leoni for the invitation, with the hope of being able to strengthen the path already started in 2017 with the ASD Italian Federation of OCR “.

The New 5th Discipline Working Group has in fact followed the 13 established criteria and chosen the OCRs from a list of 62 proposals according to the requirements of the IOC for the 2028 Olympics program. The first practical test will take place after the final of the 2022 UIPM Pentathlon World Cup in Ankara, in Turkey, in late June. The second format will instead be tested in the following months in a location to be defined. Precisely in this perspective, the OCR European Championships were the first European discipline in which the rules approved by the IOC came into force.

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