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WOC Sprint Women 2014: The full analysis

Both Maja Alm and Tove Alexandersson did bad technical races taking wrong route choices and doing navigational errors – but they still managed to win medals due to their high running speed. Judith Wyder secured gold through a very stable race – at a bit lower speed.

The sprint in Venice was a mix of routechoice legs and navigationally technical legs. There were more mistakes being done among the women than among the men – in the women’s class one could afford doing quite big mistakes and still fighting for a top position. Only Judith Wyder’s race was close to perfect.

Below detailed splits tables and route choice options are included for each leg. For the legs of special interest (legs which were desicive with respect to route choices taken by the runners), the variant each runner took in included in the table below the map.

Overall analysis

Judith Wyder does not have the highest speed in the field, but she runs a very stable race – taking the correct route choices all the way, and avoiding mistakes. This gives her a clear win and the gold medal in WOC sprint 2014.

Tove Alexandersson has the highest speed of the women in the field – and also runs very good in the first part and the last part of the race. Alexandersson however takes several wrong route choices in the middle part of the race – and also does navigational mistakes on one leg losing her more than 10 seconds even if she took the correct route. A quite bad race from Alexandersson – but she still wins the bronze medal.

Maja Alm does a really bad race. She starts losing time already in the park to the second control (4 seconds), then takes the wrong route to 3 losing her a few seconds more, does a big navigational mistake to 5 (17 seconds lost), takes the wrong route to 9 (12 seconds lost) and loses 5 seconds to 13 on navigational trouble. In the end she is only 15 seconds behind the gold medal with this race – incredible running speed!

Lena Eliasson also has higher speed than Wyder, but does several route choice errors, costing her the place on the podium. Volynska’s speed is a bit lower – but without the route choice errors she would also have been well within the medals.

Analysis – leg by leg

WOMEN: S-1

An easy start to the first control.

WOMEN: S-1 (Legtimes)

1. Alexandersson Tove (2nd) 0:34 +0:00
2. Wyder Judith (1st) 0:34 +0:00
3. Ingham Lizzie (13th) 0:35 +0:01
4. Skrastina Aija (21st) 0:35 +0:01
5. Eliasson Lena (5th) 0:36 +0:02
6. Kaasiku Evely (44th) 0:36 +0:02
7. Moeller Alm Maja (3rd) 0:36 +0:02
8. Vercellotti Lea (28th) 0:36 +0:02
9. Volynska Nadiya (4th) 0:36 +0:02
10. Gross Julia (11th) 0:37 +0:03
18. Friederich Rahel (6th) 0:38 +0:04
WOMEN: S-1 (Total times)

1. Alexandersson Tove 0:34 +0:00
2. Wyder Judith 0:34 +0:00
3. Ingham Lizzie 0:35 +0:01
4. Skrastina Aija 0:35 +0:01
5. Eliasson Lena 0:36 +0:02
6. Kaasiku Evely 0:36 +0:02
7. Moeller Alm Maja 0:36 +0:02
8. Vercellotti Lea 0:36 +0:02
9. Volynska Nadiya 0:36 +0:02
10. Gross Julia 0:37 +0:03
18. Friederich Rahel 0:38 +0:04
WOMEN: 1-2

The second control is an easy control in the park without route choice options. Note how Maja Alm loses 4 seconds already to the second control – having only 30th best split time. No special routechoice challenges here.

WOMEN: 1-2 (Legtimes)

1. Volynska Nadiya (4th) 0:22 +0:00
2. Strand Lina (17th) 0:22 +0:00
3. Ingham Lizzie (13th) 0:23 +0:01
4. Lind Anne Johanne (15th) 0:23 +0:01
5. Hao Shuangyan (35th) 0:23 +0:01
6. Johanson Liis (45th) 0:23 +0:01
7. Alexandersson Tove (2nd) 0:24 +0:02
8. Wyder Judith (1st) 0:24 +0:02
9. Eliasson Lena (5th) 0:24 +0:02
10. Kaasiku Evely (44th) 0:24 +0:02
14. Friederich Rahel (6th) 0:24 +0:02
30. Moeller Alm Maja (3rd) 0:26 +0:04
WOMEN: 1-2 (Total times)

1. Alexandersson Tove 0:58 +0:00
2. Ingham Lizzie 0:58 +0:00
3. Volynska Nadiya 0:58 +0:00
4. Wyder Judith 0:58 +0:00
5. Eliasson Lena 1:00 +0:02
6. Kaasiku Evely 1:00 +0:02
7. Lind Anne Johanne 1:00 +0:02
8. Gross Julia 1:01 +0:03
9. Hao Shuangyan 1:01 +0:03
10. Johanson Liis 1:01 +0:03
14. Friederich Rahel 1:02 +0:04
17. Moeller Alm Maja 1:02 +0:04
WOMEN: 2-3

The leg to the third control is the first routechoice challenge. There are two choices – going left (B, 205 meter) or right (A, 209 meter). In addition quite a few do a mistake and run something like C (although not running all the way up the steps. It is unclear why they do this – from the map it looks very obvious that this is not an alternative.

Most of the fast runners on this leg run B – Alexandersson (losing 3 seconds to Wyder), Alm (losing 5 seconds) and Volynska (+6 s) run A. Klingenberg (losing 29 seconds) and Guizzardi (losing 32 seconds) run a C-variant.

Even if A is only a few meters longer than B, it looks like A is 3-5 seconds slower (as Alexandersson runs faster in this period of the race). This might be due to the fact that several run partly through the green instead of running all around the green part like the A route is drawn here.

WOMEN: 2-3 (Legtimes)

1. B: Wyder Judith (1st) 0:42 +0:00
2. B: Hao Shuangyan (35th) 0:44 +0:02
3. A: Alexandersson Tove (2nd) 0:45 +0:03
4. B: Niemi Venla (9th) 0:45 +0:03
5. B: Eliasson Lena (5th) 0:46 +0:04
6. B: Sistkova Iveta (20th) 0:46 +0:04
7. B: Ronning Sund Goril (8th) 0:46 +0:04
8. A: Moeller Alm Maja (3rd) 0:47 +0:05
9. B: Teini Marika (16th) 0:47 +0:05
10. B: Rafols Ona (25th) 0:47 +0:05
11. A: Volynska Nadiya (4th) 0:48 +0:06
13. A: Friederich Rahel (6th) 0:48 +0:06
33. A*: Vinogradova Galina (7th) 0:55 +0:13
44. C: Klingenberg Emma (10th) 1:11 +0:29
45. C: Guizzardi Michela (36th) 1:14 +0:32
WOMEN: 2-3 (Total times)

1. Wyder Judith 1:40 +0:00
2. Alexandersson Tove 1:43 +0:03
3. Hao Shuangyan 1:45 +0:05
4. Eliasson Lena 1:46 +0:06
5. Volynska Nadiya 1:46 +0:06
6. Ingham Lizzie 1:47 +0:07
7. Gross Julia 1:49 +0:09
8. Moeller Alm Maja 1:49 +0:09
9. Sistkova Iveta 1:49 +0:09
10. Teini Marika 1:49 +0:09
11. Friederich Rahel 1:50 +0:10
WOMEN: 3-4

The leg to control 4 is a long one, but without very interesting route choice options. Few runners lose significant time. Lena Eliasson and Vinogradova use their running speed and have strong split times.

WOMEN: 3-4 (Legtimes)

1. Eliasson Lena (5th) 1:20 +0:00
2. Vinogradova Galina (7th) 1:21 +0:01
3. Alexandersson Tove (2nd) 1:22 +0:02
4. Moeller Alm Maja (3rd) 1:22 +0:02
5. Wyder Judith (1st) 1:23 +0:03
6. Volynska Nadiya (4th) 1:23 +0:03
7. Mironova Svetlana (22nd) 1:24 +0:04
8. Ingham Lizzie (13th) 1:25 +0:05
9. Lind Anne Johanne (15th) 1:26 +0:06
10. Niemi Venla (9th) 1:26 +0:06
12. Friederich Rahel (6th) 1:27 +0:07
WOMEN: 3-4 (Total times)

1. Wyder Judith 3:03 +0:00
2. Alexandersson Tove 3:05 +0:02
3. Eliasson Lena 3:06 +0:03
4. Volynska Nadiya 3:09 +0:06
5. Moeller Alm Maja 3:11 +0:08
6. Ingham Lizzie 3:12 +0:09
7. Hao Shuangyan 3:13 +0:10
8. Lind Anne Johanne 3:16 +0:13
9. Friederich Rahel 3:17 +0:14
10. Gross Julia 3:17 +0:14
WOMEN: 4-5

A short leg which proved very problematic for some of the women – 5-6 of the women running the rightmost route lose 15-40 seconds here, but good times are run on both variants. Probably it is difficult to see some of the small passages. Maja Alm loses 17 seconds here (she is only 13 seconds behind at the end of the race). Juli Gross loses 32 seconds. Even Wyder loses some time here – only 4 seconds, but she has the 24th best split time. One of her worst legs.

At this point in the race Alexandersson takes over the lead, Wyder being two seconds behind. Maja Alm is down in 18th place at +23 seconds after less than 4 minutes running.

WOMEN: 4-5 (Legtimes)

1. Alexandersson Tove (2nd) 0:18 +0:00
2. Lind Anne Johanne (15th) 0:19 +0:01
3. Narhi Anna (14th) 0:19 +0:01
4. Strand Lina (17th) 0:19 +0:01
5. Eliasson Lena (5th) 0:20 +0:02
6. Vinogradova Galina (7th) 0:20 +0:02
7. Mironova Svetlana (22nd) 0:20 +0:02
8. Kadan Ursula (18th) 0:20 +0:02
9. Hill Tessa (12th) 0:20 +0:02
10. Skrastina Aija (21st) 0:20 +0:02
13. Volynska Nadiya (4th) 0:21 +0:03
14. Friederich Rahel (6th) 0:21 +0:03
24. Wyder Judith (1st) 0:22 +0:04
40. Moeller Alm Maja (3rd) 0:35 +0:17
42. Gross Julia (11th) 0:50 +0:32
WOMEN: 4-5 (Total times)

1. Alexandersson Tove 3:23 +0:00
2. Wyder Judith 3:25 +0:02
3. Eliasson Lena 3:26 +0:03
4. Volynska Nadiya 3:30 +0:07
5. Lind Anne Johanne 3:35 +0:12
6. Hao Shuangyan 3:37 +0:14
7. Ingham Lizzie 3:37 +0:14
8. Friederich Rahel 3:38 +0:15
9. Narhi Anna 3:39 +0:16
10. Niemi Venla 3:39 +0:16
18. Moeller Alm Maja 3:46 +0:23
WOMEN: 5-6

Short leg with some route choice options – not decisive though.

WOMEN: 5-6 (Legtimes)

1. Alexandersson Tove (2nd) 0:31 +0:00
2. Eliasson Lena (5th) 0:31 +0:00
3. Wyder Judith (1st) 0:32 +0:01
4. Volynska Nadiya (4th) 0:32 +0:01
5. Strand Lina (17th) 0:32 +0:01
6. Moeller Alm Maja (3rd) 0:32 +0:01
7. Gross Julia (11th) 0:32 +0:01
8. Lind Anne Johanne (15th) 0:33 +0:02
9. Ingham Lizzie (13th) 0:33 +0:02
10. Friederich Rahel (6th) 0:33 +0:02
WOMEN: 5-6 (Total times)

1. Alexandersson Tove 3:54 +0:00
2. Eliasson Lena 3:57 +0:03
3. Wyder Judith 3:57 +0:03
4. Volynska Nadiya 4:02 +0:08
5. Lind Anne Johanne 4:08 +0:14
6. Ingham Lizzie 4:10 +0:16
7. Friederich Rahel 4:11 +0:17
8. Vinogradova Galina 4:12 +0:18
9. Hao Shuangyan 4:13 +0:19
10. Narhi Anna 4:13 +0:19
17. Moeller Alm Maja 4:18 +0:24
WOMEN: 6-7

Note how Volynska loses 8 seconds to the spectator control – twice as much as she lost on the first 6 controls in total.

WOMEN: 6-7 (Legtimes)

1. Moeller Alm Maja (3rd) 0:59 +0:00
2. Wyder Judith (1st) 1:01 +0:02
3. Vinogradova Galina (7th) 1:01 +0:02
4. Eliasson Lena (5th) 1:02 +0:03
5. Mironova Svetlana (22nd) 1:02 +0:03
6. Alexandersson Tove (2nd) 1:03 +0:04
7. Klingenberg Emma (10th) 1:03 +0:04
8. Ronning Sund Goril (8th) 1:04 +0:05
9. Lind Anne Johanne (15th) 1:05 +0:06
10. Friederich Rahel (6th) 1:05 +0:06
16. Volynska Nadiya (4th) 1:07 +0:08
WOMEN: 6-7 (Total times)

1. Alexandersson Tove 4:57 +0:00
2. Wyder Judith 4:58 +0:01
3. Eliasson Lena 4:59 +0:02
4. Volynska Nadiya 5:09 +0:12
5. Lind Anne Johanne 5:13 +0:16
6. Vinogradova Galina 5:13 +0:16
7. Friederich Rahel 5:16 +0:19
8. Ingham Lizzie 5:17 +0:20
9. Mironova Svetlana 5:17 +0:20
10. Moeller Alm Maja 5:17 +0:20
WOMEN: 7-8

This is the leg were Kyburz lost a lot of time in the men’s class by taking a wrong route choice (going to the right). The women however mange this leg well.

WOMEN: 7-8 (Legtimes)

1. Alexandersson Tove (2nd) 1:13 +0:00
2. Moeller Alm Maja (3rd) 1:13 +0:00
3. Volynska Nadiya (4th) 1:15 +0:02
4. Vinogradova Galina (7th) 1:16 +0:03
5. Klingenberg Emma (10th) 1:16 +0:03
6. Ronning Sund Goril (8th) 1:17 +0:04
7. Friederich Rahel (6th) 1:18 +0:05
8. Hill Tessa (12th) 1:18 +0:05
9. Wyder Judith (1st) 1:19 +0:06
10. Bagger Hagner Stine (23rd) 1:19 +0:06
12. Eliasson Lena (5th) 1:20 +0:07
WOMEN: 7-8 (Total times)

1. Alexandersson Tove 6:10 +0:00
2. Wyder Judith 6:17 +0:07
3. Eliasson Lena 6:19 +0:09
4. Volynska Nadiya 6:24 +0:14
5. Vinogradova Galina 6:29 +0:19
6. Moeller Alm Maja 6:30 +0:20
7. Friederich Rahel 6:34 +0:24
8. Ingham Lizzie 6:37 +0:27
9. Ronning Sund Goril 6:37 +0:27
10. Mironova Svetlana 6:41 +0:31
WOMEN: 8-9

This is a route choice leg where it is quite obvious to see that B is significantly shorter than the two other options. Nearly all women run B, but not how Maja Alm runs C and loses another 12 seconds and Tove Alexandersson runs A and loses 17 seconds. Note also that Wyder loses another 4 seconds, but she takes the correct route.

At this point in the race Tove Alexandersson loses her lead to Lena Eliasson – Wyder is 2 seconds down.

WOMEN: 8-9 (Legtimes)

1. B: Eliasson Lena (5th) 0:54 +0:00
2. B: Volynska Nadiya (4th) 0:55 +0:01
3. B: Niemi Venla (9th) 0:56 +0:02
4. B: Friederich Rahel (6th) 0:57 +0:03
5. B: Klingenberg Emma (10th) 0:57 +0:03
6. B: Wyder Judith (1st) 0:58 +0:04
7. B: Ingham Lizzie (13th) 0:59 +0:05
8. B: Hill Tessa (12th) 0:59 +0:05
9. B: Gross Julia (11th) 0:59 +0:05
10. B: Teini Marika (16th) 1:00 +0:06
27. C: Moeller Alm Maja (3rd) 1:06 +0:12
33. A: Alexandersson Tove (2nd) 1:11 +0:17
WOMEN: 8-9 (Total times)

1. Eliasson Lena 7:13 +0:00
2. Wyder Judith 7:15 +0:02
3. Volynska Nadiya 7:19 +0:06
4. Alexandersson Tove 7:21 +0:08
5. Friederich Rahel 7:31 +0:18
6. Vinogradova Galina 7:32 +0:19
7. Ingham Lizzie 7:36 +0:23
8. Moeller Alm Maja 7:36 +0:23
9. Niemi Venla 7:37 +0:24
10. Hill Tessa 7:46 +0:33
WOMEN: 9-10

Another route choice leg where it is quite easy to see that A is shorter. Almost all top women see this, but note how Tove Alexandersson being in a bad period of her race takes the wrong choice and loses 10 seconds. We also see that Klingenberg loses 11 seconds on this variant. Volynska takes the correct choice, but probably has some navigational problems and Volynska loses 11 seconds even if she takes the correct route.

WOMEN: 9-10 (Legtimes)

1. A: Moeller Alm Maja (3rd) 0:54 +0:00
2. A: Eliasson Lena (5th) 0:56 +0:02
3. A: Friederich Rahel (6th) 0:58 +0:04
4. A: Vinogradova Galina (7th) 0:58 +0:04
5. A: Ronning Sund Goril (8th) 0:58 +0:04
6. A: Gross Julia (11th) 0:58 +0:04
7. A: Wyder Judith (1st) 1:00 +0:06
8. A: Niemi Venla (9th) 1:00 +0:06
9. A: Teini Marika (16th) 1:00 +0:06
10. A: Gyurko Fanni (33rd) 1:00 +0:06
18. B: Alexandersson Tove (2nd) 1:04 +0:10
18. B: Klingenberg Emma (10th) 1:04 +0:10
23. A: Volynska Nadiya (4th) 1:05 +0:11
WOMEN: 9-10 (Total times)

1. Eliasson Lena 8:09 +0:00
2. Wyder Judith 8:15 +0:06
3. Volynska Nadiya 8:24 +0:15
4. Alexandersson Tove 8:25 +0:16
5. Friederich Rahel 8:29 +0:20
6. Moeller Alm Maja 8:30 +0:21
7. Vinogradova Galina 8:30 +0:21
8. Ingham Lizzie 8:37 +0:28
9. Niemi Venla 8:37 +0:28
10. Ronning Sund Goril 8:47 +0:38
WOMEN: 10-11

A short leg with two routes which are nearly equal in time/length. Tricky orienteering though, so this is a nice setup for leg 12.

WOMEN: 10-11 (Legtimes)

1. Alexandersson Tove (2nd) 0:27 +0:00
2. Friederich Rahel (6th) 0:29 +0:02
3. Moeller Alm Maja (3rd) 0:29 +0:02
4. Ronning Sund Goril (8th) 0:29 +0:02
5. Wyder Judith (1st) 0:30 +0:03
6. Ingham Lizzie (13th) 0:30 +0:03
7. Niemi Venla (9th) 0:30 +0:03
8. Klingenberg Emma (10th) 0:30 +0:03
9. Effeney Rachel (27th) 0:30 +0:03
10. Teini Marika (16th) 0:30 +0:03
19. Eliasson Lena (5th) 0:32 +0:05
20. Volynska Nadiya (4th) 0:32 +0:05
WOMEN: 10-11 (Total times)

1. Eliasson Lena 8:41 +0:00
2. Wyder Judith 8:45 +0:04
3. Alexandersson Tove 8:52 +0:11
4. Volynska Nadiya 8:56 +0:15
5. Friederich Rahel 8:58 +0:17
6. Moeller Alm Maja 8:59 +0:18
7. Vinogradova Galina 9:01 +0:20
8. Ingham Lizzie 9:07 +0:26
9. Niemi Venla 9:07 +0:26
10. Ronning Sund Goril 9:16 +0:35
WOMEN: 11-12

Another route choice leg where there is only one obvious route choice (B) as variant A is 40 meters longer. All the top runners run B except for Lena Eliasson who loses 11 seconds here by taking the wrong route choice. Tove Alexandersson also loses 11 seconds, but this is due to navigational problems on the correct route B.

At this point in the race Wyder takes over the lead, 6 seconds ahead of Eliasson. Alm wins the leg and is getting closer – at this point in 4th place at +13. Tove Alexandersson is outside the medals in 5th place, 17 seconds behind.

WOMEN: 11-12 (Legtimes)

1. B: Moeller Alm Maja (3rd) 0:51 +0:00
2. B: Wyder Judith (1st) 0:52 +0:01
3. B: Volynska Nadiya (4th) 0:53 +0:02
4. B: Klingenberg Emma (10th) 0:54 +0:03
5. B: Allston Hanny (24th) 0:54 +0:03
6. B: Gross Julia (11th) 0:55 +0:04
7. B: Friederich Rahel (6th) 0:56 +0:05
8. B: Vinogradova Galina (7th) 0:56 +0:05
9. B: Niemi Venla (9th) 0:56 +0:05
10. B: Kadan Ursula (18th) 0:56 +0:05
25. A: Eliasson Lena (5th) 1:02 +0:11
26. B: Alexandersson Tove (2nd) 1:02 +0:11
WOMEN: 11-12 (Total times)

1. Wyder Judith 9:37 +0:00
2. Eliasson Lena 9:43 +0:06
3. Volynska Nadiya 9:49 +0:12
4. Moeller Alm Maja 9:50 +0:13
5. Alexandersson Tove 9:54 +0:17
6. Friederich Rahel 9:54 +0:17
7. Vinogradova Galina 9:57 +0:20
8. Niemi Venla 10:03 +0:26
9. Ingham Lizzie 10:11 +0:34
10. Ronning Sund Goril 10:17 +0:40
WOMEN: 12-13

A short which is technically challenging, but without real route choice options. All top women manage well, except for Alm who loses 5 seconds. Alexandersson wins the leg.

WOMEN: 12-13 (Legtimes)

1. Alexandersson Tove (2nd) 0:36 +0:00
2. Volynska Nadiya (4th) 0:37 +0:01
3. Wyder Judith (1st) 0:38 +0:02
4. Eliasson Lena (5th) 0:38 +0:02
5. Friederich Rahel (6th) 0:38 +0:02
6. Ronning Sund Goril (8th) 0:38 +0:02
7. Niemi Venla (9th) 0:39 +0:03
8. Gross Julia (11th) 0:39 +0:03
9. Bagger Hagner Stine (23rd) 0:39 +0:03
10. Mironova Svetlana (22nd) 0:39 +0:03
14. Moeller Alm Maja (3rd) 0:41 +0:05
WOMEN: 12-13 (Total times)

1. Wyder Judith 10:15 +0:00
2. Eliasson Lena 10:21 +0:06
3. Volynska Nadiya 10:26 +0:11
4. Alexandersson Tove 10:30 +0:15
5. Moeller Alm Maja 10:31 +0:16
6. Friederich Rahel 10:32 +0:17
7. Vinogradova Galina 10:38 +0:23
8. Niemi Venla 10:42 +0:27
9. Ingham Lizzie 10:51 +0:36
10. Ronning Sund Goril 10:55 +0:40
WOMEN: 13-14

Long leg without real route choice options – no big time losses among the top women here.

WOMEN: 13-14 (Legtimes)

1. Alexandersson Tove (2nd) 1:11 +0:00
2. Wyder Judith (1st) 1:12 +0:01
3. Eliasson Lena (5th) 1:15 +0:04
4. Volynska Nadiya (4th) 1:15 +0:04
5. Moeller Alm Maja (3rd) 1:15 +0:04
6. Vinogradova Galina (7th) 1:15 +0:04
7. Klingenberg Emma (10th) 1:15 +0:04
8. Friederich Rahel (6th) 1:16 +0:05
9. Vercellotti Lea (28th) 1:16 +0:05
10. Ronning Sund Goril (8th) 1:17 +0:06
WOMEN: 13-14 (Total times)

1. Wyder Judith 11:27 +0:00
2. Eliasson Lena 11:36 +0:09
3. Alexandersson Tove 11:41 +0:14
4. Volynska Nadiya 11:41 +0:14
5. Moeller Alm Maja 11:46 +0:19
6. Friederich Rahel 11:48 +0:21
7. Vinogradova Galina 11:53 +0:26
8. Niemi Venla 12:03 +0:36
9. Ronning Sund Goril 12:12 +0:45
10. Ingham Lizzie 12:17 +0:50
WOMEN: 14-15

Another long leg without big time losses among the top women – although this is one of the most complex legs in the race.

WOMEN: 14-15 (Legtimes)

1. Moeller Alm Maja (3rd) 1:24 +0:00
2. Alexandersson Tove (2nd) 1:26 +0:02
3. Volynska Nadiya (4th) 1:26 +0:02
4. Wyder Judith (1st) 1:27 +0:03
5. Ronning Sund Goril (8th) 1:29 +0:05
6. Eliasson Lena (5th) 1:30 +0:06
7. Vinogradova Galina (7th) 1:30 +0:06
8. Hill Tessa (12th) 1:33 +0:09
9. Gross Julia (11th) 1:33 +0:09
10. Teini Marika (16th) 1:34 +0:10
12. Friederich Rahel (6th) 1:36 +0:12
WOMEN: 14-15 (Total times)

1. Wyder Judith 12:54 +0:00
2. Eliasson Lena 13:06 +0:12
3. Alexandersson Tove 13:07 +0:13
4. Volynska Nadiya 13:07 +0:13
5. Moeller Alm Maja 13:10 +0:16
6. Vinogradova Galina 13:23 +0:29
7. Friederich Rahel 13:24 +0:30
8. Ronning Sund Goril 13:41 +0:47
9. Niemi Venla 13:44 +0:50
10. Klingenberg Emma 13:55 +1:01
WOMEN: 15-16

Fast leg without route choices and without complex orienteering – setting up the scene for the last route choice leg. At this point in the race Eliasson is still in shared silver position with Alexandersson – with Alm down in 5th place, 3 seconds behind Eliasson.

WOMEN: 15-16 (Legtimes)

1. Alexandersson Tove (2nd) 0:52 +0:00
2. Moeller Alm Maja (3rd) 0:52 +0:00
3. Vinogradova Galina (7th) 0:52 +0:00
4. Wyder Judith (1st) 0:53 +0:01
5. Eliasson Lena (5th) 0:53 +0:01
6. Friederich Rahel (6th) 0:53 +0:01
7. Volynska Nadiya (4th) 0:54 +0:02
8. Niemi Venla (9th) 0:54 +0:02
9. Klingenberg Emma (10th) 0:54 +0:02
10. Vinogradova Natalia (19th) 0:54 +0:02
WOMEN: 15-16 (Total times)

1. Wyder Judith 13:47 +0:00
2. Alexandersson Tove 13:59 +0:12
3. Eliasson Lena 13:59 +0:12
4. Volynska Nadiya 14:01 +0:14
5. Moeller Alm Maja 14:02 +0:15
6. Vinogradova Galina 14:15 +0:28
7. Friederich Rahel 14:17 +0:30
8. Ronning Sund Goril 14:36 +0:49
9. Niemi Venla 14:38 +0:51
10. Klingenberg Emma 14:49 +1:02
WOMEN: 16-17

This is the leg where Hubmann lost his gold to Bobach – and in this leg Lena Eliasson loses her bronze medal to Alm. There are two route choice options – A and B – and A is clearly faster. Eliasson loses 13 seconds to Alm by running the wrong choice but she takes the correct route choice and just gets confused at the bridges. Alm runs the fastest time on this leg, and therefore also overtakes Volynska even if Volynska runs the correct route. Update: Galina Vinogradova runs B and loses 14 seconds – just like Hubmann. See the discussion in the comments.

WOMEN: 16-17 (Legtimes)

1. Moeller Alm Maja (3rd) 1:07 +0:00
2. Wyder Judith (1st) 1:08 +0:01
3. Alexandersson Tove (2nd) 1:08 +0:01
4. Volynska Nadiya (4th) 1:09 +0:02
5. Klingenberg Emma (10th) 1:09 +0:02
6. Gross Julia (11th) 1:11 +0:04
7. Friederich Rahel (6th) 1:13 +0:06
8. Hill Tessa (12th) 1:13 +0:06
9. Skrastina Aija (21st) 1:13 +0:06
10. Ronning Sund Goril (8th) 1:14 +0:07
25. Eliasson Lena (5th) 1:20 +0:13
WOMEN: 16-17 (Total times)

1. Wyder Judith 14:55 +0:00
2. Alexandersson Tove 15:07 +0:12
3. Moeller Alm Maja 15:09 +0:14
4. Volynska Nadiya 15:10 +0:15
5. Eliasson Lena 15:19 +0:24
6. Friederich Rahel 15:30 +0:35
7. Vinogradova Galina 15:36 +0:41
8. Ronning Sund Goril 15:50 +0:55
9. Niemi Venla 15:54 +0:59
10. Klingenberg Emma 15:58 +1:03
WOMEN: 17-18

WOMEN: 17-18 (Legtimes)

1. Alexandersson Tove (2nd) 0:16 +0:00
2. Wyder Judith (1st) 0:17 +0:01
3. Volynska Nadiya (4th) 0:17 +0:01
4. Vinogradova Galina (7th) 0:17 +0:01
5. Moeller Alm Maja (3rd) 0:18 +0:02
6. Eliasson Lena (5th) 0:18 +0:02
7. Friederich Rahel (6th) 0:18 +0:02
8. Niemi Venla (9th) 0:18 +0:02
9. Klingenberg Emma (10th) 0:18 +0:02
10. Lind Anne Johanne (15th) 0:18 +0:02
WOMEN: 17-18 (Total times)

1. Wyder Judith 15:12 +0:00
2. Alexandersson Tove 15:23 +0:11
3. Moeller Alm Maja 15:27 +0:15
4. Volynska Nadiya 15:27 +0:15
5. Eliasson Lena 15:37 +0:25
6. Friederich Rahel 15:48 +0:36
7. Vinogradova Galina 15:53 +0:41
8. Ronning Sund Goril 16:09 +0:57
9. Niemi Venla 16:12 +1:00
10. Klingenberg Emma 16:16 +1:04

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12 comments

  1. The type of bridge can make a couple of seconds’ difference – width/steps etc. – but the map doesn’t give many clues to the runners about what the bridges are like.

    • There’s plenty of details that can make a 2 seconds difference, even in a 15 min. race. Unfortunately no map, with the current codification, can describe bridges widths, bridges hights, people density on the streets, presence of tables, chairs from restaurants, etc.
      Will something like this overcomplicate the map? I guess so.
      This kind of details tend anyhow to level by themselves at the end.
      Thankd WOO for the article.

    • .. on the other hand all runners knew about the bridges from StreetView – at least they should …?

  2. From the map alone, based on extra running distance and sharp turns Eliassen and Hubmann should have lost 8-10 seconds on their routechoice error in the end of the race. In fact they lost 13 seconds, probably mostly due to the height difference in the bridges you had to cross, and for Hubmann this 3-5 seconds additional loss was the difference between gold and silver. (There is a small typo early in the otherwise excellent article, Tove won silver, of course).

    • According to this picture from Daniel Hubmann, the differences are bigger than shown in the map:

      http://www.danielhubmann.ch/images/stories/news/2014/0713.jpg

      See also his story (in German):
      http://www.danielhubmann.ch/news/406-vize-weltmeister-im-sprint

    • Vinogradov Mike

      30 extra meters at the route choice B means extra ~6 seconds (even in women class), but seafront (route choice A) was full of people at it is possible count route choices like more or less equals. But in fact Galina Vinogradova and Daniel Hubmann lost 14 seconds (both). The reason is in this shity situation near bridge.

      • Vinogradov Mike

        I asked Galina: “Why you did not jump from bridge? You don’t need to run all the way around (lines are tiny and it is not forbidden to cross it)?” And Galina replied “if I would do it, I definitely break my legs”. Now I am looking at the Daniels photo and have figured out what she was talking about. Situation was incorrect drawing in most crucial moment of race.

      • Hi Mike, thanks for your comment, my “calculation” that the long left route choice from the map should be 8-10 seconds longer is: Length, 36 meter corresponding to 6-7 seconds, plus one additional 180 degree turn coming down from the bridge plus at least one extra 90 degree turn in total representing normally 1-3 additional Seconds. So the total becomes 8-10 Seconds. But the main message remain clear, the map is misleading, giving the runners selecting the left route choice an additional undeserved penalty of at least three seconds, perhaps as much as five!

  3. According to the tracking Eliasson run alternative A to 17th bit still looselppöp a lot of time.ööö

    • Thanks Johan. I found out already early today, but had not the chance to correct it until now. But now it should be correct. She took the correct route choice, but got confused by the bridges.

      • Vinogradov Mike

        Galina Vinogradova made B route choice at 16-17, lost 14 second and place at the top 6