Published 20 March 2005
World Championshiop kicksled 2005 (Multia)
Saturday's races in Multia Ice Kicksledding World Championships
were held near to perfect conditions. The organisers gave already
during the week a hint that this could be another record year. The
spectators didn't have to go home disappointed.
The first record proved that Erwin Borremans is without doubt the
world's fastest kicksledder. The Belgian beat both the person and
record of Hannu Vierikko in the 200 m final by 0.1 seconds. The
new record reads now 22.8. Antti Lehtinen finished third half a
second behind the old and new record holders.
In the 2000 m race Erwin was a bit too enthusiastic in the curves
and lost too many precious seconds in order to keep up with Alpo
Kuusisto and Hannu Vierikko, who determined their order in the traditional
way. Alpo held the lead for most of the time, but with a half a
lap to go Hannu commenced his famous attack and Alpo could not quite
keep up on the home stretch. Despite his wobbly sidesteps Erwin
could snatch the third place before Jan Elmgren.
The ice track was indeed so well polished that all competitors could
not quite keep their balance at top speed. Many a kicker in the
age group classes and relays found themselves skidding towards the
outer perimeter in various uncontrolled positions. Fortunately there
were no major collisions and thus the winning prizes were handed
out to the best kicksledders. Maarit Salovirta dominated the ladies'
sprint races on Saturday. She was several kicks ahead of her opponents
on both distances. On 2000 m she succeeded to make the other world
record of the memorable kicksledding day. Her record attempt was
planned and implemented like a clockwork. The finish time 4.59.1
was 0.4 seconds faster than the previous record held by Anu Heikkilä
since 1996. Liis Toomingas took the second place just ahead of the
rest of the pack that was outkicked by Maarit by more than a half
On the Sunday's marathon the wind was a major obstacle against keeping
a record pace. Swift snow flurries on the ploughed 6.2 km route
indicated that it would be speedy kicking one way but toiling against
the cold northernly current on the way back. In the beginning, though,
the participants kicked ten short laps on the kicksled stadium to
entertain the cheering crowd.
Alpo Kuusisto decided early that it's time to say goodbye to the
others. Jan Elmgren and Hannu Vierikko struggled for the second
place, and as so many times before, Hannu was a bit stronger in
the end. Richard Van Camp took the fourth place after participating
in an eight-hour adventure race on the previous day.
The ladies' championship was taken by Liis Toomingas, who started
out at a pace that the others didn't dare to follow. Jaana Nykänen
could keep almost the same pace in the latter part finishing much
closer to Liis than the year before. The third prize was handed
to Nina Koponen, who kicked by mistake a half-kilometer lap extra
in the beginning.
The organisers had once again done a magnificent job to make the
weekend a memorable experience for everybody. The world championships
are no more a solely domestic affair, although Erwin Borremans,
Richard Van Camp and Liis Toomingas all are currently Finnish residents.
Perhaps that's still one prerequisite to reach the absolute elite
level in our sport. Very special thanks to our Czech visitors who
came to the chilly kicksled country although back home spring had
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