WUOC Sprint Relay: Gold for Switzerland!

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 12 Aug 2014@18:00

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Switzerland won the World University Orienteering Championships (WUOC) after strong races by Sarina Jenzer, Martin Hubmann, Julia Gross and Matthias Kyburz. Reigning World Champion in mixed sprint relay Switzerland was the big favourite ahead of the race – and managed to take the victory ahead of Sweden and Czech Republic.

Martin Hubmann basically decided the relay for Switzerland on the second leg

Switzerland was in the lead already after the first leg – Sarina Jenzer coming back three seconds ahead of Sweden’s Lina Strand. Martin Hubmann basically decided the relay for Switzerland on the second leg – increased the lead down to Sweden’s Johan Högstrand to 1:21. After 2 legs there were five teams within 30 seconds of Sweden – Russia, France, Czech Republic, Finland and Norway.

Tight fight for silver and bronze

While Julia Gross could run alone in the lead for Switzerland at the third leg, there was a tight fight for the remaining medals. Towards the end of the third leg Sweden’s Karolin Ohlsson managed to get away from the others, coming back 1:03 behind Switzerland with a gap of more than 30 seconds to Norway’s Kine Hallan Steiwer in third. Czech Republic and France were still in the fight for bronze – only a few seconds behind Norway.

Vojtech Kral stronger

On the last leg Switzerland’s Matthias Kyburz and Sweden’s Albin Ridefeldt ran safe races and secured gold and silver for Switzerland and Sweden respectively. Czech Republic’s Vojtech Kral proved stronger than Norway’s Gaute Hallan Steiwer and France’s Frederic Tranchand and secured bronze for the organizing country.

Results

1. SUI Switzerland 55.27

SUI9154 Jenzer Sarina 14.51 ( 1)

SUI8903 Hubmann Martin 12.16 ( 1) 27.07 ( 1)

SUI9153 Gross Julia 15.41 ( 4) 42.48 ( 1)

SUI9006 Kyburz Matthias 12.39 ( 1) 55.27 ( 1)

2. SWE Sweden 56.37 + 1.10

SWE8856 Strand Lina 14.54 ( 2)

SWE9202 Högstrand Johan 13.34 ( 9) 28.28 ( 2)

SWE9154 Ohlsson Karolin 15.23 ( 1) 43.51 ( 2)

SWE9104 Ridefelt Albin 12.46 ( 5) 56.37 ( 2)

3. CZE Czech Republic 57.14 + 1.47

CZE9351 Horčičková Vendula 15.44 ( 7)

CZE9005 Nykodým Miloš 13.11 ( 6) 28.55 ( 5)

CZE8656 Šístková Iveta 15.36 ( 3) 44.31 ( 4)

CZE8804 Král Vojtěch 12.43 ( 3) 57.14 ( 3)

4. FRA France 57.25 + 1.58

FRA9351 Basset Isia 15.49 ( 8)

FRA9101 Basset Lucas 13.02 ( 5) 28.51 ( 4)

FRA8955 Vercellotti Lea 15.41 ( 4) 44.32 ( 5)

FRA8805 Tranchand Frederic 12.53 ( 6) 57.25 ( 4)

5. NOR Norway 57.43 + 2.16

NOR8755 Johanssen Emma Mathilda 16.12 (12)

NOR8801 Ekeberg Bjorn 12.45 ( 2) 28.57 ( 6)

NOR8853 Steiwer Kine Hallan 15.32 ( 2) 44.29 ( 3)

NOR9002 Steiwer Gaute Hallan 13.14 ( 8) 57.43 ( 5)

6. RUS Russia 58.56 + 3.29

RUS9156 Voitova Aleksandra 15.20 ( 4)

RUS9501 Dobrynin Sergey 13.29 ( 8) 28.49 ( 3)

RUS9155 Potapenko Anastasiia 17.08 (10) 45.57 ( 6)

RUS9205 Tikhonov Gleb 12.59 ( 7) 58.56 ( 6)

Photo: WUOC 2014 organizers.

WUOC 2014: All You Need to Know!

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 12 Aug 2014@5:00

wuoc2014[Update: Live Results Link] The World University Orienteering Championships starts with a mixed sprint relay in Olomouc Tuesday August 12th at 15:30 CET. With 5 races in 5 days – including a tough long distance race at day 2 – this will be a tough 5-day week for the athletes.

LIVE Results/splits: Live results from Racom (only live services)

There are strong start fields in WUOC this year – the biggest star at the start is Swiss World Champion and overall World Cup winner Matthias Kyburz – but Kyburz will get a tough fight from several WOC and WOC medalists. Main favourites are the rest of the Swiss team, a strong Czech team on home ground as well as strong Swedish, French, Norwegian, Finnish and British teams.

The biggest stars in the women’s class are probably the Swiss women – with EOC relay winner and EOC sprint bronze medalist Julia Gross as one of the strongest. But also in the women’s class there are several EOC and WOC medalists – and many athletes with Top10 results from WOC and EOC.

WUOC takes place every two years and is where the best student athletes from around the world come to battle it out. WUOC was first held in 1978 in Finland and is a FISU event.

Program
  • Tuesday August 12th: Mixed sprint relay – 15:30 CET
  • Wednesday August 13th: Long – 09:00 CET
  • Thursday August 14th: Sprint – 15:30 CET
  • Friday August 15th: Middle – 10:00 CET
  • Saturday August 16th: Relay – 10:00 CET
Useful links
Terrain

Specifically I had heard that the Czech like to put controls hidden in the dark green areas on say a small yellow clearing or white spot

The terrain is typical continental/Czech terrain – with the long distance terrain more hilly with route choice options whereas the relay/middle terrain is flatter with more room for direction changes and typical middle distance character courses. See some old maps from the competition area for long/middle below in the description of each race – and old maps from all disciplines here.

Expect some tricky control points. As Alison Campbell put is so nicely: – Specifically I had heard that the Czech like to put controls hidden in the dark green areas on say a small yellow clearing or white spot.

Lilian Forsgren describes the terrains for the forest races as follows:
The long-distance will probably be a really demanding experience since it’s really steep hills with deep valleys in-between. I hope for some challenging route choices along the course on wednesday. The middle and relay will then be held in the same area, really flat terrain with quite a lot green areas what it seems. We were out on one of the training areas relevant for this terrain yesterday, and I hope that it can’t be worse than that, because it was a lot of green areas and thorn bushes. But anyhow it will be demanding orienteering in this type of terrain as well, with very few details to navigate from.

Mixed sprint relay

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Long

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Old map WUOC long (part of terrain)

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WUOC Long training map – from here

Sprint

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Middle

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Old map WUOC middle/relay

Relay

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JWOC 2014: Maps, Results and Medal Overview

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 28 Jul 2014@5:00

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[Including full medal overview] 5 nations won gold medals at JWOC 2014 – Sweden, Norway, Finland, Switzerland and New Zealand – Sweden dominating the championships with 5 gold medals and 4 further medals. Another four nations won medals – Czech Republic, Italy, Poland and Denmark.

The men’s individual races were won by runners from three different nation

Sweden showed again that they have very strong junior orienteers – capable of performing on top level in very different terrain and in all disciplines. The most dominant athlete of the Junior World Championships in Bulgaria in 2014 was Swedish Sara Hagström with medals in all disciplines – of these all were gold except for the long distance which Hagström lost with 3 seconds to Gunvor Hov Høydal (Norway).

The men’s individual races were won by runners from three different nations; New Zealand (Tim Robertson, sprint), Finland (Miika Kirmula, middle) and Sweden (Anton Johansson, long). Sweden won the relay just as for the women.

See the complete medal overview below – and top 10 results for each discipline below the medal overview. Links to full results are included at the bottom of the article.

Terrain and courses

The terrain chosen for JWOC 2014 was very varied – and each well suited for the discipline (the exception might have been the sprint which was on the easy side). The long distance offered some very interesting route choice legs – along with some other technical challenges for the athletes. The middle distance was very technical in a terrain dominated by many contour details. The relay was easier technical – well suited for a relay. Maps for each discipline are included below in the discipline-wise results/maps overviews.

Medal overview
  • Sweden: 5 gold (Sara Hagström sprint & middle, Anton Johansson long, relay men & women), 2 silver (Assar Hellström long, Sara Hagström long), 2 bronze (Anton Johansson sprint, Andrea Svensson middle)
  • Norway: 1 gold (Gunvor Hov Høydal long), 2 silver (Heidi Mårtensson sprint, relay women)
  • Finland: 1 gold (Miika Kirmula middle), 2 bronze (Emmi Jokela long, Olli Ojanaho middle)
  • Switzerland: 1 gold (Sina Tommer middle), 2 bronze (relay men & women)
  • New Zealand: 1 gold (Tim Robertson sprint)
  • Czech Republic: 1 silver (relay men), 1 bronze (Marek Minar long)
  • Italy: 1 silver (Riccardo Scalet middle)
  • Poland: 1 silver (Piotr Parfianowicz sprint)
  • Denmark: 1 bronze (Miri Thrane Ødum sprint)
Sprint

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This shows how important the mental part of the equation is in a JWOC race

Although the JWOC sprint can be said to be one of the most open races in the Junior World Orienteering Championships – with all JWOC participants competing in one race without qualification race – all medalists in JWOC 2014 sprint were medalists from JWOC races in earlier years. This shows how important the mental part of the equation is in a JWOC race.

The men’s title was taken by Tim Robertson, New Zealand, bronze medallist in the corresponding race last year, and the women’s went to Sara Hagström, Sweden who beat last year’s champion Heidi Mårtensson (Norway) by 5 seconds. All three women’s medallists are previous medal-winners at JWOC; Sara Hagström took silver in last year’s Long race whilst bronze medallist in this race, Miri Thrane Ødum, Denmark was Middle distance champion last year. Sweden finished with three runners in the top six in the results. In the men’s race Tim Robertson was victorious by 6 seconds, with Piotr Parfianowicz, Poland, Long Distance champion at JWOC last year, in second place. Third was yet another name already well-known in JWOC circles: Anton Johansson, Sweden who was silver medallist in last year’s Middle race. [Read full story at orienteering.org]

Results men

1 142 Tim Robertson New Zealand 14:41 0:00

2 132 Piotr Parfianowicz Poland 14:47 +0:06

3 113 Anton Johansson Sweden 14:51 +0:10

4 13 Tristan Bloemen Belgium 14:53 +0:12

4 56 Aleksi Niemi Finland 14:53 +0:12

6 140 Miika Kirmula Finland 14:54 +0:13

7 47 Jonas Egger Switzerland 15:09 +0:28

8 19 Olli Ojanaho Finland 15:11 +0:30

8 158 Assar Hellstrom Sweden 15:11 +0:30

10 75 Algirdas Bartkevicius Lithuania 15:12 +0:31

Results women

1 271 Sara Hagstrom Sweden 13:15 0:00

2 245 Heidi Mårtensson Norway 13:20 +0:05

3 262 Miri Thrane Ødum Denmark 13:32 +0:17

4 325 Frida Sandberg Sweden 13:38 +0:23

5 299 Tilda Johansson Sweden 13:47 +0:32

6 304 Nicoline Friberg Klysner Denmark 13:48 +0:33

6 272 Runa Fremstad Norway 13:48 +0:33

8 246 Malin Leandersson Sweden 13:54 +0:39

9 257 Sandrine Mueller Switzerland 13:55 +0:40

10 296 Eliska Kulhavá Czech Republic 13:59 +0:44

Long

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The long distance was a big success for Sweden – winning 3 of 6 medals including Anton Johansson’s gold medal in the men’s class. Norway won their only gold medal at this year’s JWOC in the women’s class with Gunvor Hov Høydal. Czech Republic took a popular bronze medal with Marek Minar.

Interesting fact: The winning time on the women’s course was 13 minutes longer than the course planner’s estimate while the fastest men completed their course 5 minutes quicker than estimated.

[Read full story at orienteering.org]

Results men

1 117 Anton Johansson Sweden 1:15:17 0:00

2 120 Assar Hellstrom Sweden 1:16:18 +1:01

3 159 Marek Minár Czech Republic 1:18:45 +3:28

4 158 Ivan Kuchmenko Russia 1:19:36 +4:19

5 113 Olli Ojanaho Finland 1:19:39 +4:22

6 56 Miika Kirmula Finland 1:19:58 +4:41

7 154 Thor Nørskov Denmark 1:20:21 +5:04

8 109 Borger Melsom Norway 1:21:31 +6:14

9 152 Moritz Doellgast Germany 1:22:32 +7:15

10 157 Riccardo Scalet Italy 1:22:49 +7:32

Results women

1 281 Gunvor Hov Høydal Norway 1:08:15 0:00

2 298 Sara Hagstrom Sweden 1:08:18 +0:03

3 267 Emmi Jokela Finland 1:09:15 +1:00

4 269 Anna Haataja Finland 1:11:45 +3:30

5 299 Mathilde Rundhaug Norway 1:11:58 +3:43

6 302 Paula Gross Switzerland 1:13:15 +5:00

7 215 Sina Tommer Switzerland 1:13:31 +5:16

8 280 Sandrine Mueller Switzerland 1:14:26 +6:11

9 311 Frida Sandberg Sweden 1:15:30 +7:15

10 209 Heidi Mårtensson Norway 1:15:55 +7:40

Middle

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The middle distance race was the technically most challenging race in this year’s JWOC – held in terrain with many contour details. In the women’s class the gold medal was shared between the Queen of JWOC Swedish Sara Hagström and Swiss Sina Tommer. Swedish Andera Svensson finished third. The men’s class was won by Finnish Miika Kirmula with Italian Riccardo Scalet in second and Finnish Olli Ojanaho in third. In addition to the silver medal for Italy, three nations were particularly pleased to have achieved podium placings: Great Britain in the women’s race (Zoe Harding) and Austria and New Zealand in the men’s (Xander Berger and Nick Hann). [Read the full story at orienteering.org]

Results men

1 59 Miika Kirmula Finland 28:58 0:00

2 24 Riccardo Scalet Italy 30:19 +1:21

3 53 Olli Ojanaho Finland 30:29 +1:31

4 47 Xander Berger Austria 30:44 +1:46

5 43 Nick Hann New Zealand 30:47 +1:49

6 51 Jonas Egger Switzerland 30:50 +1:52

7 6 Konstantin Serebryanitsk Russia 31:33 +2:35

8 25 Rudolfs Zernis Latvia 31:36 +2:38

9 31 Dmitry Naumov Russia 32:02 +3:04

10 3 Nicolas Rio France 32:12 +3:14

Results women

1 206 Sina Tommer Switzerland 28:43 0:00

1 258 Sara Hagstrom Sweden 28:43 0:00

3 256 Andrea Svensson Sweden 29:56 +1:13

4 254 Tilda Johansson Sweden 30:01 +1:18

5 248 Gunvor Hov Høydal Norway 30:13 +1:30

6 250 Zoe Harding Great Britain 30:53 +2:10

7 255 Emmi Jokela Finland 31:58 +3:15

8 243 Miri Thrane Ødum Denmark 32:28 +3:45

9 241 Jannina Gustafsson Finland 32:33 +3:50

9 245 Sandrine Mueller Switzerland 32:33 +3:50

Relay

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The fight for gold in the women’s relay was a tight fight between Norway and Sweden which Sweden’s JWOC Queen Sara Hagström decided with 10 seconds. The gap down to Switzerland (actually the 2nd team) was around 6 minutes. In the men’s class several team were in the fight for gold – but in the end Sweden’s long distance gold medalist decided the race against Czech Republic’s long distance bronze medalist with 10 seconds. Switzerland was only 3 seconds behind in third spot. [Read the full story at orienteering.org]

Results men

1  Sweden 1 1:36:30

Assar Hellstrom 33:21

Simon Hector 31:04

Anton Johansson 32:05

2  Czech Republic 1 1:36:40

Ondrej Semík 33:24

Jonás Hubácek 31:06

Marek Minár 32:10

3  Switzerland 1 1:36:43

Jonas Egger 33:28

Tobia Pezzati 31:02

Sven Hellmueller 32:13

4  France 1 1:38:30

Arnaud Perrin 33:19

Loïc Marty 33:40

Nicolas Rio 31:31

5  Latvia 1 1:38:42

Mikus Purins 33:32

Alvis Reinsons 33:30

Rudolfs Zernis 31:40

—  Switzerland 2 1:38:59

Remo Ruch 32:58

Simon Wenger 33:12

Patrick Zbinden 32:49

6  New Zeland 1 1:39:05

Tim Robertson 33:02

Shamus Morrison 33:09

Nick Hann 32:54

Results women

1 Sweden 1 1:38:18

Tilda Johansson 33:31

Frida Sandberg 31:34

Sara Hagstrom 33:13

2  Norway 1 1:38:27

Heidi Mårtensson 32:43

Gunvor Hov Høydal 32:42

Mathilde Rundhaug 33:02

3  Switzerland 2 1:44:24

Paula Gross 35:46

Sina Tommer 34:53

Lisa Schubnell 33:45

— Switzerland 1 1:44:38

Ellen Reinhard 35:36

Lisa Holer 33:51

Sandrine Mueller 35:11

4  Ukraine 1 1:44:53

Daria Moskalenko 33:41

Olena Postelniak 34:11

Mariya Polishchuk 37:01

5  Finland 1 1:45:03

Jannina Gustafsson 33:39

Emmi Jokela 35:15

Annaq Haataja 36:09

6  France 1 1:46:08

Delphine Poirot 34:17

Chloé Haberkorn 34:54

Lauriane Beauvisage 36:57

See also:

Summer Orienteering 2014 Part 1: Maps & Reports

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 22 Jul 2014@5:00

O-Ringen, Swiss O-Week, FIN 5, Croatia Open, Cerkno Cup, Grand Prix Slovakia, Wavel Cup, Sørlandsgaloppen and the Italian 5 Days races are just some of the many orienteering races which have been organized or are ongoing this summer. These summer orienteering races are the highlights of all of the season for many – combining holidays with exceptional orienteering experiences.

Here we take a brief look at some of the races which have been organized so far this summer – including  some of the ongoing races. Some of the upcoming races in the next month not mentioned in this first part of the Summer Orienteering reports (as fortunately(!) no maps/courses are yet published): Bubo Cup in Slovenia, Slovak Karst Cup in Slovakia, Grand Prix Silesia in Czech Republic, OOCup in Slovenia, Classic O-Challenge in Switzerland, Canadian and Western Champs in Canada, Fjord-o 2014 in NorwayLakes 5 Days in Great Britain, Uslar 5 Day orienteering in Germany, Spanish 5 Days O5dias in Spain, the 3 days of Flandern in Belgium, Grand Prix Polonia in Poland and the WUOC Tour in Czech Republic.

Note! Some races are surely missing in this brief overview – please add links to maps and results and some details about the race in the comments if you know about other interesting summer orienteering races not mentioned here! Focus in this article has been on events present in cal.worldofo.com. Please make sure YOUR event is in cal.worldofo.com!

Swiss O-Week (Switzerland) – ongoing

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Swiss O-Week is the most spectacular of the large summer orienteering races this year- organized in the area around Zermatt until July 26th – the second stage was organized on Monday July 21st. The Swiss O-Week sets a new record this year with nearly 5.000 participants. Above part of the elite course from stage 2 is shown.

Many top runners participate in the elite classes in the Swiss O-Week. In the sprint the first day the field was led by the Swiss WOC team with Daniel Hubmann and Judith Wyder winning the sprint in Zermatt. On the second stage in the high mountains the men’s elite class was won by Baptiste Rollier ahead of Matthias Kyburz and Marc Lauenstein. Simone Niggli won the women’s elite by a hair’s breadth. She was just 6 seconds in front of Sara Lüscher with Norwegian Mari Fasting 2:10 behind.

Some relevant links:

  • Day 2 in 3DRerun (compare Daniel Hubmann with Baptiste Rollier, Martin Hubmann and others)sowday2
O-Ringen (Sweden) – ongoing

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O-Ringen in Skåne in southern Sweden is the largest of the summer events with nearly 20.000 participants. O-Ringen has its 50 year anniversary this year and offers the best elite start fields of the summer orienteering races and “real” prize money for the winners.

The main elite classes were won by Jonas Leandersson and Maja Alm the first day – a sprint race. The first real forest race – a tough long distance race was won by Thierry Gueorgiou in more than 90 minutes and Tove Alexandersson in nearly 80 minutes – Alexandersson winning with nearly 6 minutes ahead of Annika Billstam. Ida Bobach and Maja Alm followed on the next places – with World Champion on the long distance from Italy this year Svetlana Mironova in 6th place. In the men’s class Jonas Leandersson finished second with Olav Lundanes and Tue Lassen on the next places.

FIN5 (Finland) – earlier in July

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FIN 5 is the largest Finnish summer event with more than 6.000 participants this year. It was organized earlier in July in northern Finland. The terrain was great – from fast to very detailed. Many of the top Finnish runners run the FIN5 – although the overlap with the World Championships in Italy made the start field significantly weaker. The men’s elite class was won by Tero Föhr – the women’s by Yvonne Gunnell.

Croatia Open (Croatia) – ongoing

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Croatia Open traditionally offers a good mix of orienteering and holidays: From navigation in some of the toughest karst terrain in the highland of Croatia to a combination of swimming and sprint orienteering on the Islands of Croatia.  This year the event is a bit smaller than last year with around 600 competitors.

In the first stage the men’s elite class was won by Christian Wartbichl ahead of Jarno Parkkinen. The women’s elite class was won by Marttiina Joensuu ahead of Mariana Moreira.

Cerkno Cup (Slovenia)

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Cerkno Cup is a quite small summer orienteering race in Slovenia – with around 300 competitors in 2014. The terrains in 2014 were very interesting karst terrain – and this was one of the few smaller summer orienteering races which included a World Ranking Event.

The World Ranking event was won by Yury Masnyy ahaed of Olle Kärner – the women’s was won by Adéla Jakobová ahead of Adela Flasker.

Italy 5 days (Italy; WOC spectator races)

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For all following the World Orienteering Championships in Italy the maps from the 5 Days of Italy is nothing new. Many of the maps were the same used during the championships – others had been used as training maps for the WOC competitors. Note that some of the courses for the 5 Days races seem to actually have been more tricky than the actual WOC courses on the same maps – above is the last part of the M16 course of the last day. Even Gueorgiou, Berman and Lundanes would have had something to work on here …

The overall victory in the elite classes went to Matthias Merz and Elin Skantze.

Grand Prix Slovakia (Slovakia)

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Grand Prix Slovakia is a nice, small 3 Day event organized in Slovakia. The courses were varied in interesting terrain – see the elite course from the first day above. The elite classes were won by Tristian Bloemen and Lucie Krafkova.

Wavel Cup (Poland)

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JWOC 2014: All You Need to Know!

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 21 Jul 2014@5:00

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The Junior World Orienteering Championships in Bulgaria starts Tuesday with Sprint and continues with Long distance on Wednesday. After a rest day the championships continues with Middle distance qualification on Friday, Middle final on Saturday and Relay on Sunday.

Read on to find all important details about the championships. If some details are missing, please add a comment below to help the readers of World of O.

Program
  • Tuesday July 22nd 09:00 CET: Sprint
  • Wednesday July 23rd 08:00 CET: Long Distance
  • Friday July 25th 09:00 CET: Middle Distance Qualification
  • Saturday July 26th 09:00 CET: Middle Distance Final
  • Sunday July 27th 09:00 CET: Relay

The Event Centre is the tourist resort of Borovets, close to Bulgaria’s capital Sofia. The Sprint will take place in the center of the town Samokov with a combination of park and urban terrain.

The forest competitions will be held in varied continental type forest terrain; the Long distance in pine forest terrain between 1300 and 1750 meters above sea level, the Middle distance races in hilly mixed forest with many areas of small contour detail at a height of 900-1000 meters, and the Relay lower down, in moderately hilly pine forest. As always at JWOC, all runners from each nation are allowed to start in sprint and long distance (no qualification) and in the middle qualification. The 20 best from each heat qualify for the middle final. Each nation may have up to two relay teams, but only the best counts in the final results.

See the old maps for long and middle at the bottom of this article.

Useful links

Some useful links to get all the information you need about JWOC 2014:

How to follow the races

There will be GPS-tracking for all races except the middle qualification. For each race 40 men and 40 women will have GPS tracking, except in the relay where it will only the 3rd leg male runners. Expect also live results from all races.

The  best way to follow the races:

There will be no regular updates on World of O from the JWOC races, but I will try to get some updates at irregular intervals. See the details about all the races below the embedded Tweets.


Sprint

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Long

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There will be 2 minute start interval. Old map:
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Middle

The 20 best in each heat qualify for the A-final. Details for middle qualification:

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Details for middle final:

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Old map for middle distance:
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Relay

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WOC Relay: Gold for Switzerland and Sweden

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 12 Jul 2014@18:10

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Switzerland and Sweden won two very exciting relays at the World Orienteering Championships in Asiago, Italy today. The tricky terrain made for changes in the relay all the way through the race – and especially the women’s race had a lot of changes throughout the last leg.

You can relive the excitement here:


Results men

1 Sweden SWE 16:10:46 86:13 (3) 92:51 (1) 98:43 (1) 106:08 (1) 115:53 (1) 116:49 (1) +00:00
2 Switzerland SUI 16:09:58 86:11 (2) 93:06 (3) 99:29 (3) 107:05 (3) 117:16 (2) 117:58 (2) +01:09
3 France FRA 16:10:48 86:07 (1) 92:54 (2) 99:26 (2) 107:04 (2) 117:18 (3) 118:03 (3) +01:14
4 Norway NOR 16:13:32 90:45 (4) 98:22 (5) 104:34 (4) 112:44 (4) 123:08 (4) 123:48 (4) +06:59
5 Finland FIN 16:12:46 90:54 (6) 97:59 (4) 104:59 (5) 112:48 (6) 123:08 (5) 123:49 (5) +07:00
6 Czech Republic CZE 16:15:45 92:28 (11) 99:23 (9) 105:01 (6) 112:46 (5) 123:44 (6) 124:35 (6) +07:46
7 Great Britain GBR 16:15:32 92:02 (7) 98:57 (8) 105:33 (8) 113:16 (7) 124:26 (7) 125:08 (7) +08:19
8 Austria AUT 16:15:35 92:08 (9) 99:26 (10) 105:15 (7) 113:22 (8) 124:27 (8) 125:08 (8) +08:19
9 Estonia EST 16:15:30 92:03 (8) 98:53 (7) 105:59 (9) 114:59 (9) 126:06 (9) 126:54 (9) +10:05
10 Denmark DEN 16:13:53 90:53 (5) 98:38 (6) 106:05 (10) 115:05 (10) 127:12 (10) 128:00 (10) +11:11

Results women

1 Switzerland SUI 14:13:47 86:04 (1) 90:20 (3) 98:04 (1) 110:37 (1) 111:21 (1) +00:00
2 Denmark DEN 14:11:41 86:23 (2) 89:20 (1) 98:11 (3) 110:40 (2) 111:32 (2) +00:11
3 Sweden SWE 14:11:31 87:22 (3) 89:53 (2) 98:06 (2) 113:01 (3) 113:56 (3) +02:35
4 Norway NOR 14:16:26 91:36 (4) 94:53 (4) 102:59 (4) 114:53 (4) 115:45 (4) +04:24
5 Finland FIN 14:19:30 92:06 (5) 95:09 (5) 104:47 (5) 118:04 (5) 119:03 (5) +07:42
6 Great Britain GBR 14:22:29 98:20 (8) 102:35 (8) 110:45 (6) 125:37 (6) 126:31 (6) +15:10
7 Lithuania LTU 14:24:56 100:08 (10) 103:18 (10) 112:10 (9) 126:13 (7) 127:04 (7) +15:43
8 Ukraine UKR 14:19:38 96:21 (7) 100:36 (7) 111:24 (8) 127:46 (8) 128:32 (8) +17:11
9 Czech Republic CZE 14:24:10 99:58 (9) 103:16 (9) 113:22 (10) 127:47 (9) 128:34 (9) +17:13
10 France FRA 14:28:38 103:13 (11) 106:40 (11) 116:37 (11) 129:49 (10) 130:42 (10) +19:21

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1600 Photos from WOC 2014 – Sorted by Country!

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 12 Jul 2014@10:00

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1600 photos from Sprint, Mixed Sprint Relay, Middle and Long have now been uploaded – sorted by country. And with name and placing in the race embedded on the picture. Share & enjoy!

The photos will also be uploaded to the WorldofO Athlete profiles for WOC 2014 in due time.

Thanks to the organizers for fantastic Internet connection in the media center – this saved the day!

WOC Middle Women: The Analysis

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 12 Jul 2014@5:00

There were three runners who had the speed to win the WOC middle distance – Annika Billstam, Ida Bobach and Tove Alexandersson. In the following analysis we go through where the women’s race was decided.

There were made a lot of mistakes in the women’s class, even among the top finishers – just as for the men. The course setter Cristian Bellotto comments about the winning times: - I was a bit unhappy that the winning times were around 3 minutes longer than estimated, but I did not think they would do so many mistakes. “Superman” in the split times [the sum of the best split times on all legs] runs exactly the estimated time for both men and women.

As for the men’s course, the course had four distinctly different parts – each discussed separately below. The build-up of this article is the same as for the men. It can be an advantage to read the men’s analysis before as there are some references to the men’s analysis in this article.

This analysis is made in cooperation with WOC2014 by Jan Kocbach and Stefano Raus. A modified version will be published in the WOC magazine. Note that the GPS-data was very variable for this race, and therefore there is not GPS-data shown for all legs.

Part 1: The open karst forest

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The first part until control 5 which was quite open, stony typical karst forest. The challenge here was to keep high speed while finding the good runable places and simplify the orienteering. Lizzie Ingham mastered this part of the course best – being at the lead at control 5 in 10:03 – 2 seconds ahead of Ida Bobach. Heidi Bagstevold, Tove Alexandersson and Tone Wigemyr were closest.

Annika Billstam and Helena Jansson lost some time in this area – they are 45/47 seconds behind Ingham at control 5. Mari Fasting loses 1:30 and is caught by Ida Bobach already at the 3rd control. They run together for the rest of the course. From the split times it looks like they were changing the lead.

There are some legs with interesting route choices in this area. The leg to control 3 is where Billstam loses a lot of time. She runs down to the road – losing 43 seconds to Tove Alexandersson who runs straight. Sarina Jenzer runs up and loses 3:15. Ida Bobach runs direct and loses nearly half a minute.

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To control direct is still the best choice – but this time Alexandersson chooses to run down to the road – losing more than half a minute. Billstam runs a middle variant in the slope, losing nearly as much time as Alexandersson.

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Part 2: The dense, technical part

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The second part of the course is the technical part (control 5 to 8). Dense vegetation, difficult to keep the direction, requires very careful orienteering and stopping to relocate if you lose track of where you are. This was the most decisive part of the race for the men, but the women barely touched this area – having overall an easier course.

Tove Alexandersson was best in this part of the course – 5 seconds ahead of Annika Billstam. Ida Bobach loses half a minute. Ingham – the leader after the first part – loses 2:27 and with that many places on the final results. Tone Wigemyr loses 3:31 in this part of the course.

Part 3: The steep good runable part

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The third part of the course is the steep part from control 8 until the arena passage. It consists of one long routechoice leg and two shorter legs with TV control and an easy control down to the arena.

Fastest in this part is Ida Bobach. Billstam loses 13 seconds – Alexandersson 37 seconds. As for the men, the long leg was the most important in this part of the course. The leg was the same as for the men – and again the best route choice was going to the right and using the track on the top of the hill. Bobach and Billstam chose this variant. Alexandersson chose to run to the left – losing more than 45 seconds to Bobach. Helena Jansson also ran left and lost even more time.

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Part 4: The fast part – but with technical challenges

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The fourth and last part of the course (from control 11 to the finish) is the fastest part – partly on open meadows and partly in quite good runnable forest. The tough uphill after the arena passage makes the controls right after the arena passage extra challenging. Also the long leg to control 14 is challenging.

Going into this part, Ida Bobach is in the lead ahead of Tove Alexandersson with Annika Billstam in third. Annika Billstam is clearly fastest in this part of the course – winning it with 22 seconds ahead of Sara Lüscher – with this deciding the World Championships middle distance in her favour. Bobach loses 53 seconds to Billstam in this part of the course – running faster than Billstam the first two controls after the arena passing, but then missing the 14th control (see below) with more than one minute. Alexandersson also loses nearly 40 seconds to Billstam – losing all of the time (and more) to the first control after the arena passing (control 12) – a quite easy control at the edge of the meadow.

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Summary: The runner with fewest mistakes won

Annika Billstam, Tove Alexandersson, Ida Bobach and Lizzie Ingham won one of the terrain parts each. As for the men, the winner in this varied middle distance course was the runner who proved that she mastered all the different terrain types, Annika Billstam. She did not have the highest speed, but except for the non-optimal routechoices early in the course, Billstam did an excellent technical race. Ida had problems in the last part of the race which Alexandersson did several small mistakes in all parts of the race.

See also the main article from the WOC 2014 Middle distance which gives full results, links to full maps and GPS-tracking.

WOC Middle Men: The Analysis

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 12 Jul 2014@5:00

There were five runners who had the speed to win the WOC middle distance – Daniel Hubmann, Thierry Gueorgiou, Olav Lundanes, Fabian Hertner and Oleksandr Kratov. In the following analysis we go through where the race was decided – and why Lundanes was on top after 5.9 km with 290 meters climb.

The course setter Cristian Bellotto comments about the course: - I tried to make a course where the runners needed to use different techniques to give the runners a mix of different challenges. This worked well today. Some people had problems when they had to change type of orienteering.

The course had four distinctly different parts – each discussed separately below. The build-up of this article is the same as for the women.

This analysis is made in cooperation with WOC2014 by Jan Kocbach and Stefano Raus. A modified version will be published in the WOC magazine. Note that the GPS-data was very variable for this race, and therefore there is not GPS-data shown for all legs.

Part 1: The open karst forest

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The first part until control 4 which was quite open, stony typical karst forest. The challenge here was to keep high speed while finding the good runable places and simplify the orienteering. Oleksandr Kratov mastered this part best, building up a 24 second lead on Olav Lundanes who was second at this place in the course. Lauri Sild, Baptiste Rollier, Andreas Kyburz and Daniel Hubmann also mastered this part very well.

Hertner had more problems – he was already 49 seconds behind at the 4th control. In the end Hertner was only 18 seconds from gold – this first part was crucial for him. Several other outsiders lost up to 2 minutes in this part (e.g. Valentin Novikov, Carl Godager Kaas and more).

Thierry Gueorgiou also had problems in this part – losing 41 seconds (in 7th place).

Part 2: The dense, technical part

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The second part of the course is the technical part (control 4 to 9). Dense vegetation, difficult to keep the direction, requires very careful orienteering and stopping to relocate if you lose track of where you are. This was the most decisive part of the race were many runners lost a lot of time. Olav Lundanes was best in this part (10:00), closely followed by Oleksandr Kratov and Fabian Hertner. However even Lundanes lost 21 seconds to control 8 and 13 seconds to control 9 – so this was a very tricky area which nobody really mastered.

A runner which really didn’t master this area was Daniel Hubmann. He lost 3:52 to Olav Lundanes between control 4 and 9 – losing time on all controls.  This is nearly all the time Hubmann is behind the gold medal at the end of the race. From control 9 to the finish, Hubmann beats Olav Lundanes. Gustav Bergman has also problems in this part of the course – losing 1:47 to Lundanes.  Valentin Novikov also has problems in this part of the course – losing 3:33 to Lundanes, so has Pasi Ikonen losing 4:20. Edgars Bertuks has the biggest problems, losing 6:16 – of those 3:47 only on control 6.

The most crucial was of course Thierry Gueorgiou who forgot to take the 6th control. Actually Gueorgiou orienteered directly from control 6 to 7 when he was at control number 5. He noticed that it was far to the big path, but in this dense type of terrain it is not always easy to judge distances. So when he came to the path, he was at the wrong place, and used some time to relocate and find control 7. He did not understand that he had skipped the 6th control after being told in the finish.

Part 3: The steep good runable part

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The third part of the course is the steep part from control 9 until the arena passage. It consists of one long routechoice leg and two shorter legs with TV control and an easy control down to the arena.

Daniel Hubmann mastered this part best – winning this part with 24 seconds ahead of Gustav Bergman and Carl Godager Kaas. Olav Lundanes was 4th fastest in this part – best of the medal winners – losing 36 seconds to Hubmann.  Kratov lost 10 seconds to Lundanes – Hertner lost 25 seconds to Lundanes. Baptiste Rollier loses more than a minute to Hubmann on this part (between control 9 and 12) – this is more than he is behind the medals.

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The most important leg of this part is the long leg to number 10 (see below; note that there is a new large path on top of the hill on the runners’ map which is not on the online maps – the competition maps had to be reprinted with this new path on one week ahead of the competition). Here Hubmann takes the correct route choice – running to the right and using the path on the top of the hill. Lundanes runs approximately the same route, but more S-shape – losing most of the time in the steep uphill. Hertner runs left and loses 48 seconds to Hubmann. Bergman as always tries to run the way birds fly, and on this leg this is a bit too tough.

Part 4: The fast part – but with technical challenges

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The fourth and last part of the course (from control 12 to the finish) is the fastest part – partly on open meadows and partly in quite good runnable forest. The tough uphill after the arena passage makes the controls right after the arena passage extra challenging. Also the long leg to control 15 is challenging.

Fabian Hertner is fastest in this part of the course – running it in 12:34 – 21 seconds ahead of Andreas Kyburz. Lundanes is third – losing 33 seconds to Hertner. Kratov loses 1:16 –  of those 44 seconds are on the leg to control 15 – and with that he loses the gold medal.  Hubmann loses a lot of time also in this part of the course – 1:17 to Hertner – most of it on the leg to control 15 due to a mistake in the control circle.

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The most decisive leg in this part is the long leg to number 15 (see below). Here Hertner is fastest taking a route where he goes down in the slope. Lundanes loses only 6 seconds – going a bit further down on the last part of the leg. Kratov and Bergman both go up and lose between 30 and 45 seconds.  Kratov loses time both in the first part of the leg where he does not find areas with good runnability and in the control circle where he gets insecure. Bergman loses time in the last half of the leg.

Summary: The best runner won

Oleksandr Kratov, Olav Lundanes, Daniel Hubmann and Fabian Hertner won one of the terrain parts each. The winner in this very varied middle distance course was the runner who proved that he mastered all the different terrain types, Olav Lundanes. Daniel Hubmann finished without a medal after having too big problems in the most technical part. Oleksandr Kratov had too big problems in the last part – and Hertner had problems in the most technical part.

See also the main article from the WOC 2014 Middle distance which gives full results, links to full maps and GPS-tracking.

WOC 2014 Middle: Maps and Results

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 11 Jul 2014@20:00

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Olav Lundanes won the men’s class in the dramatic middle distance World Championships were main favourite Thierry Gueorgiou – King of Long distance – skipped a control and was disqualified. Annika Billstam won a tight battle against Denmark’s Ida Bobach in the women’s race – in the end all medalists were within only 24 seconds!

Billstam decided on the last loop

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Race development graph women. Click for larger

In the women’s race it was a tight fight between Annika Billstam, Tove Alexandersson and Ida Bobach. At the arena passing (control 11) Bobach had a 17 second lead to Tove Alexandersson with Billstam in third (+31 seconds). Ida Bobach ran very well to the next controls – winning both the tough uphill legs to control 12 and 13. At control 13 of 16 she had increased her lead to 53 seconds to Billstam. Alexandersson did a mistake at control 12, and was already more than a minute behind Bobach.

A mistake on the long leg to control 14 ruined the gold chances for Bobach (see illustration of the last loop below – comparing Billstam and Bobach). Bobach ran a route higher up which in theory should be safer – but did a mistake of more than a minute at the control. Billstam took the chance and passed Bobach – in the end winning with 22 seconds.  Alexandersson had a great finish, but did not manage to catch the necessary seconds on Bobach.

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Heidi Bagstevold and Saila Kinni had very good starts of their races, but lost time towards the end.

A full analysis of the race will be published here tomorrow morning, and I will try to update with some more information tonight.

Dramatic men’s race

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Race development graph men. Click for larger

The men’s race was very dramatic. It all looked like a fight between Olav Lundanes and Thierry Gueorgiou – won by Gueorgiou – until Gueorgiou’s SI chip was read out and it was discovered that he did not have a punch on the 6th control.

Thus the actual fight was between Olav Lundanes, Fabian Hertner and Oleksandr Kratov. Kratov had a fantastic start of his race – being in a clear lead after a few controls running. He was even in the lead at the spectator control with Lundanes just a few seconds behind, but lost some momentum in the last loop, but still got a clear bronze medal. Below you see a GPS comparison of the last loop of Kratov and Lundanes. Lundanes is stronger in the uphills, and also has a more offensive route choice to control 15. – The upper route choice is 30 seconds faster than going down, the course planner told before the race – and it looks like this is part of the reason why Kratov loses so much time here.

When it is going downhill again, Kratov uses his o-technical strength and gains some time on Lundanes – but Lundanes is already too far ahead.

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Strong finish by Hertner

Hertner had a very good finish of his race – having higher speed than Lundanes in the less technical part of the race after the arena passage. The below illustration compares Hertner and Lundanes on the last loop. Especially the last downhill part is strong by Hertner. Hertner might prove very dangerous in the relay tomorrow.

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Hertner lost his gold medal chances in the most technical part of the race between control 5 and 8  - the area where Gueorgiou skipped a control. Note that the GPS is quite inaccurate in this part of the race for Hertner.

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#Shortcut for Gueorgiou

Gueorgiou ran past the 6th control without punching – similar to his mistake from the WOC Relay in Trondheim in 2010 were he also missed a control. His Tweet after the race tells it all…

Maps

Here are the maps/courses from today’s middle distance race:

Results

Women

1 Annika Billstam Sweden 37:03

2 Ida Bobach Denmark 37:25 +0:22

3 Tove Alexandersson Sweden 37:27 +0:24

4 Sara Luescher Switzerland 38:37 +1:34

5 Mari Fasting Norway 38:53 +1:50

6 Maja Moeller Alm Denmark 39:00 +1:57

7 Saila Kinni Finland 39:29 +2:26

8 Helena Jansson Sweden 39:37 +2:34

9 Sarina Jenzer Switzerland 39:42 +2:39

10 Heidi Bagstevold Norway 40:01 +2:58

11 Emily Kemp Canada 41:19 +4:16

12 Claire Ward Great Britain 41:45 +4:42

13 Tone Wigemyr Norway 41:46 +4:43

14 Sabine Hauswirth Switzerland 41:59 +4:56

15 Hanny Allston Australia 42:02 +4:59

1 Annika Billstam Sweden 37:03
2 Ida Bobach Denmark 37:25 +0:22
3 Tove Alexandersson Sweden 37:27 +0:24
4 Sara Luescher Switzerland 38:37 +1:34
5 Mari Fasting Norway 38:53 +1:50
6 Maja Moeller Alm Denmark 39:00 +1:57
7 Saila Kinni Finland 39:29 +2:26
8 Helena Jansson Sweden 39:37 +2:34
9 Sarina Jenzer Switzerland 39:42 +2:39
10 Heidi Bagstevold Norway 40:01 +2:58
11 Emily Kemp Canada 41:19 +4:16
12 Claire Ward Great Britain 41:45 +4:42
13 Tone Wigemyr Norway 41:46 +4:43
14 Sabine Hauswirth Switzerland 41:59 +4:56
15 Hanny Allston Australia 42:02 +4:59

Men

1 Olav Lundanes Norway 38:12

2 Fabian Hertner Switzerland 38:30 +0:18

3 Oleksandr Kratov Ukraine 38:46 +0:34

4 Baptiste Rollier Switzerland 39:45 +1:33

5 Andreas Kyburz Switzerland 40:05 +1:53

6 Lauri Sild Estonia 40:39 +2:27

7 Carl Godager Kaas Norway 41:28 +3:16

8 Leonid Novikov Russia 41:29 +3:17

9 Gustav Bergman Sweden 41:54 +3:42

10 Jan Prochazka Czech Republic 41:57 +3:45

11 Daniel Hubmann Switzerland 42:21 +4:09

12 Hector Haines Great Britain 42:28 +4:16

12 Milos Nykodym Czech Republic 42:28 +4:16

14 Robert Merl Austria 42:48 +4:36

15 Lucas Basset France 42:53 +4:41

Full official results:

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