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EOC 2018: All You Need To Know!

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Excellent live coverage is offered when the European Orienteering Championships (EOC)  starts on Sunday May 6th with Sprint qualification and final – and finishes the following Sunday, May 13th, with the Long distance. The program also includes Middle (qualification Tuesday, final Wednesday), Sprint Relay (Thursday) and Relay (Saturday). 

Update: Updated with information from  Bulletin 4 and EOC 2018 live-page.

The championship is organized in Ticino, Switzerland. The Ticino region is known for it very steep hillsides – see for example the old map from the long distance terrain above.

The Ticino region is known for it very steep hillsides

All medal races will be broadcast on the International Orienteering Federations’ webTV-channel – and most also on Swiss and Finnish TV. There will also be live GPS-tracking and live results. See links to live services further down in the article. The EOC races also count in the orienteering World Cup.

The European Championships are in many ways more difficult to win than the World Orienteering Championships as more athletes from each nation are allowed to start at EOC compared to WOC. Also, with EOC being organized in Switzerland, many of the Swiss athletes have EOC as the central season goal – being prepared extremely well for the homeground championships with many training camps in the area.

Links & Live services

Program

  • Sunday May 6th: Sprint Qualification and Final
    • Sprint Qual 09:30 – 11:30
    • Sprint Final Women 16:00 – 16:50 (GPS from 16:00)
    • Sprint Final Men 17:10 – 18:00 (GPS from 17:10)
  • Tuesday May 8th: Middle Qualification
    • Middle Qual 10:00 – 12:10
  • Wednesday May 9th: Middle Final
    • Women 10:00 – 11:40 (GPS from 10:00)
    • Men 11:00 – 12:40 (GPS from 11:00)
  • Thursday May 10th: Sprint Relay
    • Sprint Relay 17:00 – 18:15 (GPS from 17:00)
  • Saturday May 12th: Relay
    • Women 14:00 – 15:50 (GPS from 14:00)
    • Men 16:00 – 17:50 (GPS from 16:00)
  • Sunday May 13th: Long
    • Women 09:31 – 14:00 (GPS from 09:31)
    • Men 09:30 – 15:15 (GPS from 09:30)

Race details

Sprint & Sprint relay

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The sprint races are organized in small Ticino villages with narrow streets where both fast navigation and good route choices are important (see Swiss test race sprint here which should be quite relevant). There will probably also be some longer legs in the fields outside the villages in some of the sprint races, where there may be some longer routechoice legs. Above is the old map from the sprint final. The sprint races will be organized Sunday May 6th (Individual qualification in Bellinzona and final in Mendrisio) and Thursday May 10th (Sprint relay in Tesserete, the same arena as for Long and Relay).

Favourites: Very open race in the men’s class with the Swiss and Swedish men as main favourites. Also count Yannick Michiels (Belgium) into the medal favourites if he has got his injury problems under control. Vojtech Kral (Czech Republic) and Frederic Tranchand (France) performed very well at World Cup/WOC sprint races last year and may take the step onto the podium at EOC with good races. In the women’s class Maja Alm (Denmark) is the main favourite based on her results the last years, but she will be challenged by Natalia Gemperle, Galina Vinogradova, Tove Alexandersson and home favourite Elena Roos among others. In the Sprint relay, Denmark, Switzerland, Sweden and Russia are the main favourites.

Top athletes in EOC 2016 and WOC 2017:

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The Sprint relay was won by Sweden ahead of Denmark and Switzerland at WOC 2017 and by Russia ahead of Denmark and Switzerland at EOC 2016.

Sprint Final:

Sprint Relay:

Middle distance

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The middle distance qualification (Tuesday May 8th) and final (Wednesday May 9th) are organized in quite steep “continental-type” forest terrain just south of Lugano – althought the terrain is significantly less steep than the Long distance. The Middle distance races offer interesting hillside orienteering – with focus on navigation rather than routechoices. There may definitely be some tricky controls in these hillsides.

Favourites: In the men’s class all the Swiss runners on the start will definitely be among the favourites. Also count in several of the Norwegian runners – especially Olav Lundanes. The Swedes can also perform on the highest level – and some of the French and Russian runners will also be in the fight for the medals. In the women’s class the main favourite is Tove Alexandersson – with Natalia Gemperle, Elena Roos, Sabine Hauswirth, Judith Wyder (coming back after child birth), Helena Bergman and several others also being in the mix.

Top athletes in EOC 2016 and WOC 2017:

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Relay

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The relay is organized from Tesserete at May 12th (the same place as Long and Sprint relay), but the terrain to the south is significantly less steep than the long distance terrain in the north, with characteristics which are more similar to the middle distance than the long distance. There may also be some transport-type legs as the terrain close to the arena does not seem to be the most challenging.

Top athletes in EOC 2016 and WOC 2017 (note that the running order is not correct):

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Long distance

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The Long distance is the most special terrain in the European Championships, with the extremely steep hillsides very characteristic for the Ticino-region. The terrain is situated somewhat higher in altitude than other parts of the EOC-terrain, and will probably have some grassy areas with cottages which can be used actively in the orienteering. The race marks the end of the Championships, being organized in Tesserete  Sunday May 13th.

Top athletes in EOC 2016 and WOC 2017:

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Registered athletes sorted by WRE ranking

WRE pos WRE pos
sprint
Name Country WRE ID
1 1 Matthias Kyburz  SUI 12305
1 29 Olav Lundanes  NOR 13003
8 2 Martin Regborn  SWE 15387
23 3 Frederic Tranchand  FRA 17348
3 6 Daniel Hubmann  SUI 10849
4 411 Magne Daehli  NOR 8654
11 5 Vojtech Kral  CZE 12187
5 59 Johan Runesson  SWE 15668
6 32 Eskil Kinneberg  NOR 11757
7 8 Gustav Bergman  SWE 7562
86 7 Yannick Michiels  BEL 13592
9 9 Florian Howald  SUI 10810
10 247 William Lind  SWE 12778
20 10 Emil Svensk  SWE 16905
33 10 Hakon Jarvis Westergard  NOR 11163
89 12 Tim Robertson  NZL 15525
13 215 Fredric Portin  FIN 15101
27 13 Jonas Leandersson  SWE 12555
14 54 Timo Sild  EST 16283
37 14 Martin Hubmann  SUI 10851
15 22 Fabian Hertner  SUI 10627
15 77 Oleksandr Kratov  UKR 12116
92 15 Antonio Martinez Perez  ESP 13326
32 16 Gaute Hallan Steiwer  NOR 16697
17 20 Lucas Basset  FRA 7403
60 17 Andreu Blanes  ESP 15397
18 183 Ruslan Glibov  UKR 9910
50 18 Kenny Kivikas  EST 11784
135 19 Chris Smithard  GBR 16491
19 39 Albin Ridefelt  SWE 15472
21 40 Gernot Kerschbaumer  AUT 11671
64 21 Peter Hodkinson  GBR 10688
67 23 Soren Bobach  DEN 7746
49 24 Oystein Kvaal Osterbo  NOR 18660
47 25 Tue Lassen  DEN 12487
26 284 Valentin Novikov  RUS 14278
30 26 Milos Nykodym  CZE 14322
46 27 Jonas Egger  SUI 18893
205 28 Jesse Laukkarinen  FIN 12511
28 51 Florian Schneider  SUI 15991
70 29 Andrey Khramov  RUS 11718
31 48 Andreas Kyburz  SUI 12304
560 32 Piotr Parfianowicz  POL 14642
34 41 Olli Ojanaho  FIN 19846
173 35 Kristian Jones  GBR 11299
35 900 Olli Markus Taivainen  FIN 17027
36 417 Miika Kirmula  FIN 11767
52 36 Robert Merl  AUT 13549
118 37 Andreas Hougaard Boesen  DEN 7760
38 85 Dmitry Tsvetkov  RUS 17414
563 38 Jakob Edsen  DEN 22688
39 866 Nicolas Rio  FRA 18921
40 47 Bartosz Pawlak  POL 14725
41 117 Pavel Kubat  CZE 12195
43 1010 Denys Shcherbakov  UKR 16187
78 43 Riccardo Scalet  ITA 18966
66 44 Otto Simosas  FIN 16342
45 57 Jon Aukrust Osmoen  NOR 14509
54 45 Aleksi Niemi  FIN 18700
111 46 Artem Popov  RUS 15086
48 55 Ralph Street  GBR 16782
51 Fredrik Bakkman  SWE 11251
53 845 Lauri Sild  EST 16281
58 53 Elias Kuukka  FIN 22101
55 84 Vincent Coupat  FRA 8581
110 56 Eduardo Gil Marcos  ESP 13255
104 57 Matthias Reiner  AUT 15405
57 210 Andris Jubelis  LAT 11329
207 59 Adrien Delenne  FRA 19918
83 61 Arturs Paulins  LAT 14704
62 299 Alan Cherry  GBR 8363
166 63 Andreas Rueedlinger  SUI 15729
374 64 Henry McNulty  AUS 13483
64 75 Ivan Sirakov  BUL 16365
107 67 Loic Capbern  FRA 8188
90 69 Kristo Heinmann  EST 10551
193 74 Dmitrii Poliakov  RUS 15056
78 Trond Einar Moen Pedersli  NOR 14760
79 245 Hannu Airila  FIN 6846
79 783 Max Peter Bejmer  SWE 7466
227 81 Andris Kivlenieks  LAT 11786
82 821 Thomas Natvig Arstad  NOR 18597
85 82 Tomas Kubelka  CZE 19046
116 83 Sergey Dobrynin  RUS 8889
87 475 Hector Haines  GBR 10316
88 222 Paul Sirum  NOR 21541
153 90 Magnus Dewett  DEN 8831
91 290 Artem Panchenko  UKR 14617
93 94 Marek Minar  CZE 20166
215 96 William Gardner  GBR 9766
149 97 Alexander Chepelin  GBR 8351
97 470 Bjoern Cederberg  DEN 22960
123 98 Quentin Rauturier  FRA 20655
98 227 Michal Olejnik  POL 14406
100 293 Martins Sirmais  LAT 16368
127 101 Felix Spaeth  GER 16618
102 325 Bjarne Friedrichs  GER 9624
781 116 Marvin Goericke  GER 9942
270 119 Alessio Tenani  ITA 17146
813 121 Joao Mega Figueiredo  POR 9450
126 129 Daniel Hajek  CZE 10320
127 438 Joni Hirvikallio  FIN 10663
129 185 Luis Nogueira  ESP 13880
196 129 Mattia Debertolis  ITA 19153
130 461 Kiril Nikolov  BUL 14164
131 Philippe Adamski  FRA 6801
133 161 Sebastian Inderst  ITA 11008
413 134 Sergei Rjabyshkin  EST 15512
431 137 Roman Ciobanu  ROU 8458
150 139 Mathias Peter  AUT 14853
234 139 Nitsan Yasur  ISR 20182
144 214 Pavlo Ushkvarok  UKR 17541
448 147 Igor Popov  RUS 22153
148 272 Roberto Dallavalle  ITA 8680
165 156 Moritz Doellgast  GER 9068
294 159 Christoph Prunsche  GER 15207
162 792 Alasdair McLeod  GBR 13474
258 166 Ahmet Kacmaz  TUR 11402
174 228 Davis Dislers  LAT 18766
436 177 Dimitar Zhelyazkov  BUL 24809
189 1974 Tristan Bloemen  BEL 7724
448 203 Morten Jorgensen  USA 22494
551 206 Giacomo Barbone  USA 7345
212 880 Sebastian Ken Baumann  JPN 25943
556 212 Joey Hadorn  SUI 23033
808 238 Kasper Fosser  NOR 23855
671 240 Tommy Hayes  NZL 22452
761 241 Asaf Avner  ISR 7199
249 529 Michal Krajcik  SVK 12095
414 262 Alexandru Blejdea  ROU 7719
265 1205 Philipp Mueller  GER 13978
844 267 George Emilian Minoiu  ROU 27308
274 280 Ivaylo Kamenarov  BUL 11467
287 592 Bryan RusselKeely  AUS 11635
308 515 Uldis Upitis  LAT 22993
330 554 Michele Caraglio  ITA 8196
360 348 Pedro Nogueira  POR 14223
364 534 Teodor Yordanov  BUL 18286
533 369 Itay Manor  ISR 21437
371 Vitalii Hychko  UKR 10900
378 797 Johan Hogstrand  SWE 10941
384 581 Matija Razum  CRO 15372
2520 407 Topi Raitanen  FIN 15299
923 437 Vojtech Sykora  CZE 25347
608 439 Elias Jonsson  NOR 23864
450 1278 Rafael Miguel  POR 18689
454 585 Bogya Tamas  ROU 7771
522 478 Endijs Titomers  LAT 19137
490 1247 Francois Van der Ouderaa  BEL 14543
503 1974 Oleksii Savchenko  UKR 20266
516 775 Eric Borjeskog  SWE 8136
745 556 Stefan Yordanov  BUL 25423
583 1166 Apostol Atanasov  BUL 7164
772 987 Anton Salmenkyla  USA 25115
2021 778 Gheorghe Fala  MDA 9342
802 1307 Andres Saetalu  EST 20535
1899 854 Tomas Hendrickx  BEL 10587
882 Ondrej Pijak  SVK 14948
1606 907 Taras Rachuk  UKR 28134
951 Matjaz Stanfel  CRO 13382
1865 1072 Warre De Cuyper  BEL 28066
1330 1418 Wieland Kundisch  GER 12240
1381 1974 Wannes Hendrickx  BEL 10588
1534 1974 Tom Drygalski  BEL 22507
1974 Wouter Hus  BEL 20876
2520 Yury Tambasov  RUS 17059
WRE pos WRE pos
sprint
Name Country WRE ID
1 8 Tove Alexandersson  SWE 65
5 1 Maja Alm  DEN 77
2 15 Helena Bergman  SWE 2511
48 2 Galina Vinogradova  RUS 6258
3 3 Natalia Gemperle  RUS 6259
4 7 Sabine Hauswirth  SUI 2100
6 4 Elena Roos  SUI 4961
20 6 Lina Strand  SWE 5654
7 13 Marika Teini  FIN 5868
21 9 Karolin Ohlsson  SWE 4277
10 11 Anastasia Rudnaya  RUS 5930
33 10 Nadiya Volynska  UKR 6284
12 20 Julia Gross  SUI 1867
13 26 Svetlana Mironova  RUS 3932
47 14 Cecilie Friberg Klysner  DEN 23304
15 16 Sari Anttonen  FIN 166
68 17 Kirsi Nurmi  FIN 4233
28 18 Ursula Kadan  AUT 2678
19 45 Sofia Haajanen  FIN 1963
40 19 Silje Ekroll Jahren  NOR 2486
61 21 Anastasia Denisova  BLR 1168
22 46 Alva Olsson  SWE 4312
35 22 Sarina Jenzer  SUI 2549
23 30 Tatyana Riabkina  RUS 4880
24 34 Catherine Taylor  GBR 5861
43 24 Josefin Tjernlund  SWE 19038
25 68 Vendula Horcickova  CZE 19096
50 25 Lilian Forsgren  SWE 1592
237 27 Anna Dvorianskaia  RUS 19063
27 605 Lisa Risby  SWE 4900
29 74 Hollie Orr  GBR 4347
30 40 Sara Hagstrom  SWE 1997
31 47 Andrine Benjaminsen  NOR 396
42 31 Isia Basset  FRA 332
32 88 Yulia Novikova  RUS 4212
63 35 Aleksandra Hornik  POL 19685
105 36 Carlotta Scalet  ITA 5184
36 52 Ingjerd Myhre  NOR 4043
41 37 Jana Knapova  CZE 2942
46 38 Sigrid Alexandersen  NOR 63
125 39 Tereza Janosikova  CZE 28127
62 41 Laura Ramstein  AUT 4800
109 43 Amanda Falck Weber  DEN 6357
140 44 Laura Robertson  NZL 4916
44 58 Inga Dambe  LAT 1107
45 53 Anna Haataja  FIN 19926
65 48 Sandra Grosberga  LAT 1865
49 50 Adela Indrakova  CZE 2430
76 49 Evely Kaasiku  EST 2672
1034 51 Charlotte Ward  GBR 6342
51 69 Paula Gross  SUI 18906
52 60 Lisa Holer  SUI 18902
106 54 Denisa Kosova  CZE 3061
54 607 Jessica Tullie  GBR 2021
55 59 Susen Loesch  GER 3602
70 55 Maija Sianoja  FIN 5370
195 56 Alice Leake  GBR 3349
58 76 Annika Rihma  EST 4894
59 70 Jo Shepherd  GBR 5339
60 297 Emma Bjessmo  SWE 22886
258 62 Kateryna Dzema  UKR 25007
102 63 Caroline Gjotterup  DEN 1757
169 64 Violeta Feliciano Sanjuan  ESP 5140
66 350 Laura Vike  LAT 6236
128 67 Anastasiia Borovkova  RUS 22189
69 320 Charlotte Watson  GBR 6354
73 301 Lotta Karhola  FIN 18912
96 73 Tuulia Viberg  FIN 6220
75 192 Elin Mansson  SWE 4057
77 154 Simona Aebersold  SUI 23032
79 237 Barbora Zhanalova  CZE 2326
81 159 Anja Arbter  AUT 173
85 322 Hanna Wisniewska  POL 6443
86 205 Anna Serrallonga Arques  ESP 192
98 86 Anna Nilsson Simkovics  AUT 5414
87 167 Anna Narhi  FIN 4251
150 89 Kerstin Uiboupin  EST 6080
123 91 Maelle Beauvir  FRA 20207
94 248 Lenka Mechlova  CZE 3830
139 96 Iliana Ilieva  BUL 5321
97 218 Marianne Haug  EST 22989
99 302 Lea Vercellotti  FRA 6208
101 599 Miri Thrane Oedum  DEN 6735
103 Liga Valdmane  LAT 6125
104 341 Marie Olaussen  NOR 4291
215 107 Kirstin Maxwell  GBR 3796
146 108 Irita Pukite  LAT 4737
142 110 Kristina Ivanova  BUL 2458
119 703 Vanessa Round  AUS 4991
122 186 Sofie Bachmann  SUI 18907
165 124 Arntraut Goetsch  GER 1958
246 128 Paula Starke  GER 20062
305 131 Francesca Taufer  ITA 19187
221 133 Judith Wyder  SUI 6494
272 136 Viola Zagonel  ITA 6557
161 139 Carina Polzer  AUT 4657
177 147 Aislinn Prendergast  AUS 4697
148 151 Patricia Nieke  GER 4138
324 148 Carolina Delgado  POR 18756
193 150 Irene Pozzebon  ITA 18999
153 176 Valerie Aebischer  SUI 25177
287 153 Emine Sezgunsay  TUR 5312
154 376 Olha Panchenko  UKR 4876
173 157 Olena Pitirimova  UKR 4616
165 332 Kine Hallan Steiwer  NOR 5617
276 167 Anna Caglio  ITA 18989
282 169 Filipa Rodrigues  POR 24882
172 554 Ingeborg Eide  NOR 20206
819 173 Triin Jaadmaa  EST 27629
182 737 Delphine Poirot  FRA 18914
391 182 Marta Guijo Alonso  ESP 20222
422 183 Alicia Friberg  ESP 803
453 189 Antoaneta Dyaksova  BUL 1279
209 208 Ingrid Lundanes  NOR 25248
235 212 Eirin Svanoe Hafstad  NOR 21536
738 226 Zuzanna Kubicka  POL 3156
228 228 Liliana Gotseva  BUL 1767
392 239 Olena Fedorova  UKR 25660
265 267 Nicole Scalet  ITA 5185
266 683 Elina Karklina  LAT 3242
325 271 Ida Bobach  DEN 536
291 682 Jasmine Neve  AUS 4129
327 300 Victoria Haestad Bjornstad  NOR 23852
605 306 Maiki Maalberg  EST 19902
333 408 Anna Reinhardt  GER 4857
373 419 Andreya Dyaksova  BUL 20089
419 616 Dorothea Mueller  GER 19673
889 599 Yasna Petrova  BUL 27929
Anne Obstetar  FRA 28389
Marie Violaine Palcau  FRA 4390

 

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4 comments

  1. It appears to be impossible to watch the EOC live without connecting to Google, Facebook, etc. I signed up at liveorienteering.com and paid the fee for the entire week, but cannot watch the events, probably because I disabled all connections to Google servers such as googleadapis.google.com. Why is it so difficult to understand that some people do not want to share private data with these companies? Why does the IOF depend on them?

  2. Has anybody found split times from sprint Q? One of the key themes on website design for international championships has recently been hiding all interesting information as well as possible.

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