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WOC Long 2019: Maps and Results

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[Article updated with some split time analysis] The big pre-race favourites Olav Lundanes (NOR) and Tove Alexandersson (SWE) won the World Orienteering Championships Long distance – each of them taking the fourth Long distance title in a row. For Lundanes this was his 6th WOC Long gold medal!

While Alexandersson was never threatened – winning with 6(!) minutes ahead of teammate Lina Strand – Olav Lundanes had to battle all the way to the last loop with his teammate – junior Kasper Fosser.

Men: Lundanes strongest in the end

In the men’s class the race was more open, with Lundanes down in 6th place at the first TV control, 14 seconds behind leading Emil Svensk (SWE) who had taken over the lead after a strong start by Matthias Kyburz (SUI). Fosser was down in 7th place at TV1, but run into the lead at TV2 after a very good first long leg from leg 3 to 4. Fosser kept the lead until a small mistake at the third TV control- from there and on Lundanes had slightly higher speed and managed to take home his 6th WOC long gold medal.

The split graph below shows how Fosser has fantastic speed the first part of the course, only one minute behind “superman” (the sum of all best splits) until control 11 – being clearly best on both the long legs. From there and on he lost a lot of time to “superman” – more than 4 minutes! Lundanes did not quite have “superman”-speed, but was still a lot faster than Fosser and could celebrate gold with a victory margin of 1:39.

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The battle for bronze was between two Swiss runners: Daniel Hubmann (SUI) took the broze medal in this 50th WOC final/relay race! He had a tight battle with teammate Matthias Kyburz which he decided with 3 seconds towards the very end of the race.

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Women: Alexandersson unbeatable

In the women’s class Tove Alexandersson had some small problems in the start, and was down in 3rd place at the first TV control after 1.9 km of running. From there on it was all about Alexandersson. The Swede ran faster and orienteered well – and in the end the gap to Strand was 6:16. First year senior Simona Aebersold (SUI) took the bronze medal after a tight battle with Maria Teini (FIN) – deciding the race for the medal on the very last controls.

Looking at the graphical split times from the top 4, one can see how much better Alexandersson was than everybody else.  Alexandersson lost 50 seconds to the first control, but after that her line is nearly flat, meaning she runs best on almost all legs.  Tove Alexandersson actually won 15 of 22 legs! 

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Below you can see the battle for silver – a much closer battle. Marika Teini had the edge in this battle for a long time, but a mistake at the 9th control allowed Lina Strand to get close, and from there and on both Strand and Aebersold ran faster. The decision for bronze was especially at the leg to the 3rd last control.

 

 

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Maps and GPS-tracking

GPS-tracking is available here. See below for maps.

Results

Men

1 Olav Lundanes Norway 1:30:09 5:25
2 Kasper Fosser Norway 1:31:48 +1:39 5:31
3 Daniel Hubmann Switzerland 1:33:07 +2:58 5:35
4 Matthias Kyburz Switzerland 1:33:10 +3:01 5:36
5 Ruslan Glibov Ukraine 1:33:24 +3:15 5:36
6 Magne Daehli Norway 1:35:37 +5:28 5:44
7 Vojtech Kral Czech Republic 1:36:03 +5:54 5:46
8 Albin Ridefelt Sweden 1:36:11 +6:02 5:47
9 Gernot Ymsen Austria 1:36:22 +6:13 5:47
10 Frederic Tranchand France 1:36:28 +6:19 5:48
11 Martin Hubmann Switzerland 1:36:45 +6:36 5:49
12 Gustav Bergman Sweden 1:36:46 +6:37 5:49
13 Emil Svensk Sweden 1:37:43 +7:34 5:52
14 Elias Kuukka Finland 1:37:47 +7:38 5:52
15 Timo Sild Estonia 1:39:14 +9:05 5:58
16 Miika Kirmula Finland 1:39:55 +9:46 6:00
17 Rudolfs Zernis Latvia 1:40:40 +10:31 6:03
18 Robert Merl Austria 1:41:42 +11:33 6:06
19 Jonas Vytautas Gvildys Lithuania 1:42:14 +12:05 6:08
20 Hector Haines Great Britain 1:42:16 +12:07 6:08

Women

1 Tove Alexandersson Sweden 1:09:00 5:54
2 Lina Strand Sweden 1:15:16 +6:16 6:26
3 Simona Aebersold Switzerland 1:15:50 +6:50 6:29
4 Marika Teini Finland 1:16:02 +7:02 6:30
5 Sabine Hauswirth Switzerland 1:18:26 +9:26 6:42
6 Venla Harju Finland 1:19:14 +10:14 6:46
6 Karolin Ohlsson Sweden 1:19:14 +10:14 6:46
8 Julia Jakob Switzerland 1:19:54 +10:54 6:50
9 Anastasia Rudnaya Russian Federation 1:20:25 +11:25 6:52
9 Sara Hagstrom Sweden 1:20:25 +11:25 6:52
11 Natalia Gemperle Russian Federation 1:21:10 +12:10 6:56
12 Vendula Horcickova Czech Republic 1:21:25 +12:25 6:57
13 Kamilla Olaussen Norway 1:21:34 +12:34 6:58
14 Svetlana Mironova Russian Federation 1:21:42 +12:42 6:59
15 Marianne Andersen Norway 1:21:59 +12:59 7:00
16 Denisa Kosova Czech Republic 1:22:07 +13:07 7:01
17 Merja Rantanen Finland 1:24:27 +15:27 7:13
18 Miri Thrane Oedum Denmark 1:24:38 +15:38 7:14
19 Susen Loesch Germany 1:24:52 +15:52 7:15
20 Ursula Kadan Austria 1:26:24 +17:24 7:23

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5 comments

  1. According to the min/km speed (which is of course not fair towards the men), Tove would have been 15th in the men’s field. And only 2 minutes off the best Swedish man…

  2. From orienterare.nu:

    13 common legs W/M. Total times:
    WOMEN 2-4 + 9-15 + 17-F
    MEN 1-3 + 14-20 + 22-F
    1. 24:09 Olav Lundanes
    2. 24:33 Ruslan Glibov
    2. 24:33 Magne Daehli
    4. 24:59 Emil Svensk
    5. 25:01 Daniel Hubmann
    6. 25:21 Matthias Kyburz
    7. 25:29 Albin Ridefelt
    8. 25:32 Kasper Fosser
    9. 25:33 Gernot Ymsen
    10. 25:35 Martin Hubmann
    11. 26:11 Frederic Tranchand
    ***12. 26:20 Tove Alexandersson
    13. 26:26 Vojtech Kral
    14. 26:34 Gustav Bergman
    15. 26:36 Jonas Vytautas Gvildys
    16. 27:07 Timo Sild
    17. 27:21 Elias Kuukka
    18. 27:22 Emil Oebro
    19. 27:26 Rudolfs Zernis
    ***20. 27:42 Simona Aebersold
    21. 27:46 Kenny Kivikas
    22. 27:49 Robert Merl
    22. 27:49 Hector Haines
    24. 27:54 Pavel Kubat
    25. 27:56 Konstantin Serebryanitskiy
    26. 28:03 Miika Kirmula
    27. 28:13 Denys Shcherbakov
    28. 28:21 Marek Minar
    ***29. 28:24 Lina Strand
    30. 28:31 Jon Aukrust Osmoen

  3. What has happened to the GPS tracking? The link https://www.tractrac.com/event-page/event_20190811_WOC/1639/ leads me to an empty page and I can´t find the WOC on the tractrac site.

    Would like to show a few examples to the young runners in the club.