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WOC 2017 Middle: Maps and Results

[Updated with women’s results] The King of Middle is back! 6 years after Thierry Gueorgiou took his last victory in his favourite race – the World Orienteering Championships Middle distance, Gueorgiou did it again. In his last individual WOC race. What a fairytale-ending! Happiness, relief and a lot of other feelings went through the French veteran.

Two other veterans in the field took the other medals – Fabian Hertner (Switzerland) and Oleksandr Kratov (Ukraine).



Double double for Alexandersson

In the women’s class Tove Alexandersson (Sweden) once again showed that she is the best in forest orienteering – winning with 2 minute margin down to Marianne Andersen (Norway) and 4(!) minutes to Venla Harju (Finland) in bronze position. For Alexandersson this was the second year in a row where she won both the long and the middle distance title at the World Orienteering Championship.



Another fairytale

The silver medal in the women’s class was also like taken from a fairytail. Marianne Andersen has 6 individual WOC silver medals from earlier, the last one in 2010 in Norway. Since then she has struggled with injuries – for years she has worked hard to try to come back – and worked herself back towards the top step by step. Today’s silver really tasted like Gold for the Norwegian.

See statements from the press conference at the bottom of this article.


See also separate article “WOC 2017 Middle Course: First look” where the men’s course is discussed in more detail.

Results Men

1 Thierry Gueorgiou
33:12 (1)
2 Fabian Hertner
33:37 (2)
3 Oleksandr Kratov
33:42 (3)
4 Johan Runesson
33:58 (4)
5 Daniel Hubmann
33:59 (5)
6 Gustav Bergman
34:00 (6)
7 Florian Howald
34:30 (7)
8 Eskil Kinneberg
34:46 (8)
9 Magne Daehli
34:53 (9)
10 Matthias Kyburz
35:06 (10)
11 Timo Sild
35:31 (11)
12 Vojtech Kral
35:36 (12)
13 Lauri Sild
35:39 (13)
14 Lucas Basset
35:42 (14)
15 Jan Sedivy
36:06 (15)

Results Women

1 Tove Alexandersson
32:34 (1)
2 Marianne Andersen
34:44 (2)
3 Venla Harju
36:44 (3)
4 Svetlana Mironova
36:57 (4)
5 Emily Kemp
37:32 (5)
6 Helena Jansson
37:34 (6)
7 Natalia Gemperle
38:16 (7)
8 Vendula Horcickova
38:20 (8)
9 Marika Teini
38:24 (9)
10 Nadiya Volynska
38:30 (10)
11 Sari Anttonen
38:46 (11)
= Inga Dambe
38:46 (=)
13 Lina Strand
38:49 (13)
14 Sabine Hauswirth
38:57 (14)
15 Jessica Tullie
39:39 (15)

Statements from the press conference

Thierry Gueorgiou:

  • It is very hard to describe. I knew it would be my last race since October/November. I had a lot of time to prepare for the emotional part of this race. When you come to the end of your career it is much about confidence. My first mission is to get back some of your speed. It was quite much a struggle this spring, because the World Cup was not so good. But then I prepared well, lost some weight. But the emotional time is difficult. I am still wondering what would have happened if I would have kept to myself that it was my last WOC, the pressure would have less. I was really relaxed, but when you read your phone and see that there are 30 messages, it is not easy. So I turned off my phone yesterday.
  • It was not a perfect race. Probably it is difficult to be perfect in this terrain. I had one big thing in my preparation; that Annika is pregnant and is expecting a child in two weeks, so I still felt relaxed.
  • “Can you compare the gold medals?”: – I value very much the medals in middle distance, because it is my favourite distance. But of course the one I got on the relay in 2011 with my friends is very special. And the first gold medal (in 2003, Switzerland) is also special, a life changer. I would say the first one and the one in relay with my friends.
  • “Where you as relaxed as you looked?”: – It was my plan for my day. I had my pre-race notes with two notes. The first point was to be happy, smile and enjoy. I was just happy to be there and in good shape, and to enjoy the moment.
  • Now I can retire

Fabian Hertner

  • It is nice to be here again. I have had some years with bigger and smaller injuries all the way. I always made it to the World Champs, but I never had really good preparations. This season my training went well, although I had some problems also this spring and missed the World Cup races in Finland due to an injury.
  • It was a tough day already two days ago, but i learned a lot. I understood that my speed is good enough.
  • I am really happy with silver.
  • Of course Thierry is a very strong runner in our sport, it is nice also to run with him in the same club, won several 10Mila and Jukola together. We have had many nice days together

Oleksandr Kratov

  • It is much more than I had expected for myself, because I have been injured a lot for 6 months
  • I was very surprised. Physically it is definitely above my expectations.
  • Directly after the World Cup in Finland I started to run, before that it was mostly biking. During the last 6 month I was not training more than 20% of my total training

Tove Alexandersson

  • I can’t compare the Gold medals – all are just fantastic
  • I was running quite straight, trying to read the details on the way. Just running the shortest way and be focused all the way.
  • It is almost a clean race. It is hard to run perfect everywhere in this kind of terrain because you sometimes get stuck somewhere in the green, but I have no mistakes.
  • It was as expected. I had a good plan, and just followed it.

Marianne Andersen

  • I think this silver medal is like a Gold for me.
  • I think it was a terrain that suited me quite well. The last year I have slowly been able to build up my shape again. This year my shape is not as good as at my best, but better in many years
  • I didn’t have a feeling about how the race was. I did some small mistakes, no big ones. It is a terrain where you don’t get a good feeling. It is difficult to feel if you have a good leg or not.

Venla Harju

  • It is maybe a big relief for the team, but I am running for myself
  • I am quite surprised that it was a bronze race because I did some mistakes and I was lost sometimes. I have been having quite good speed this year.
  • I was nervous in the forest when I heard [the speaker] that it was tight with the medals
  • The terrain was like we expected, but it is tough when you push hard

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