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WOC 2021: All You Need To Know

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The first World Orienteering Championships (WOC) since 2019 will offer spectacular terrain and great competitions from Saturday July 3rd in Czech Republic! The first weekend is a sprint weekend, with the Sprint Saturday (14:50 CET) and Sprint Relay Sunday (18:10 CET). 

After a rest day on Monday, WOC 2021 continues with the forest disciplines from Tuesday – with Middle Qualification and Final (16:20 CET) on Tuesday July 6th, Relay on Thursday July 8th (16:10 CET) and finally the highlight of the championships: the Long distance with more than 1000 meters climb in the mythical sandstone terrain on Friday July 9th (15:20 CET). All given times are start times of the web-TV broadcast.

Excellent live coverage is promised, with live TV broadcasts of all races. In addition to the web-TV broadcast on orienteering.sport with English and Russian commentary, the races will be broadcast on national television in Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Czech Republic, Austria and France.

WOC 2021 was originally planned to be a forest-only championship, but due to the cancellation of the Sprint WOC 2020, the Czech organizers offered to include two Sprint disciplines in the 2021 WOC.

Program

Five medal races are included in this year’s WOC:

  • Sprint, Saturday July 3rd
    • Qualification 09:00 (no TV), last finish estimated 10:26
    • Final afternoon, TV from 14:50, first start Men 14:31, first start Women 15:50, last start Men 15:41, last start Women 16:56
  • Sprint Relay, Sunday July 4th
    • TV from 18:10, start 18:20, winners finished 19:21
  • Middle Tuesday July 6th
    • Qualification 09:00 (no TV), last finish estimated 11:48
    • Final afternoon, TV from 16:20, first start Men 15:50, first start Women 17:15, last start Men 17:58, last start Women 19:23
  • Relay Thursday July 8th
    • TV from 16:10, start 16:20 Women, 18:25 Men
  • Long Friday July 9th
    • TV from 15:20, first start 12:48, last start Women 16:15, last start Men 18:10

All times are CET

Links & Live

Use these links to follow the championships:

See also:

Race overview

The races will be organized around Doksy in Czech Republic – see the embargoed areas below (open separate map here).

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The Sprint is in the far west (Terezin, marked 11), the Long and Relay in the western part (Kostelecké bory, marked 1), the Sprint Relay centrally on the map (Doksy, marked 8, event centre) and Middle Qualification and Final in the east (Buková hora, marked 4). Two very different terrain types are used for the forest races: Sandstone terrain for long and relay and hilly “mountain terrain” with broken ground, steep slopes and granite boulders and cliffs for the Middle distance races.

Race details & reigning champions

Sprint

The Sprint is organized with a qualification in the morning (start from 09:00 CET) and final in the afternoon (first start 14:37 CET).  Only the competitors placed number 15 and better in each qualification race heat may participate.

The terrain is a former military fortress composed of citadel and adjacent walled garrison town. Flat town with almost no climb (altitude 145 – 155 m), composed of a rectangular street network with former military buildings and barracks rebuilt to residential houses. The town is surrounded by a fortification system. The fortress is composed of walls of different shapes and heights (up to 10 metres high), moats and water streams. Surface in this part is mostly grass. Outside the citadel there are parks, playgrounds, a golf course and a small forest.

See below for event information Sprint Final.

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Qualification course lengths:

Final course lengths:

Women: 3.5km, 40m climb, 20 controls
Men: 3.9km, 40m climb, 24 controls
Expected winning time: 14:30

Old map of sprint area:

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See results from last European Championships Sprint (2021) and WOC Sprint (2018) below.

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Sprint Relay

The Sprint Relay is organized as a mass start from 18:20 CET.

The Sprint Relay is organized in the town centre of Doksy with its irregular street network. The terrain consists of urban areas with paved streets and parkland with grass surface. The area generally consists of shallow hills, with the exception of steep 15m high slopes along the river.

See below for event information Sprint Final.

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Course lengths
Women (Legs 1 & 4): 3.7km, 54m climb, 20 controls
Men (Legs 2 & 3): 4.3km, 62m climb, 23 controls
Expected winning time: 61 minutes

Old map of part of Sprint Relay area:

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See results from last European Championships Sprint (2021) and WOC Sprint (2018) below.

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Middle

The Middle is organized with a qualification in the morning (start from 09:00 CET) and final in the afternoon (first start 15:50 CET).  The qualification for the final is quite complex, but generally Top 15 gives a competitor a safe place in the final:

In the Middle distance final, the competitors placed number 15 and better in each qualification race heat may participate. Further places up to a maximum of 60 (subject to clause b) are selected as follows: (a) The best placed runner from Federations which do not have a runner in the first 15 of any heat, considered in the order of their placing in the qualification race heats (If two athletes from the same country have the same place in different heats, the one who is the least time behind the winner of their heat is chosen). (b) If two or more runners from different countries are tied for the last qualifying place under (a), all may participate in the final. (c) In order to be selected for the final under (a) or (b), an athlete must have been within 100% of the heat winner’s time in their qualification race.

The terrain (Jizerské hory) consists of challenging mountain terrain with broken ground, partly marshy. Hilly and physically demanding, altitude 530 – 836 m. Steep slopes with granite boulders and cliffs. Visibility: varies from very good in mature beech forests to medium in mature spruce forests and very low in denser spruce or self-seeded beech vegetation. Runnability: very good in mature beech forest, partly significantly limited by the steepness of the slopes with a stony surface, in some parts also by fallen trees, high blueberries and thickets. (!) There are plenty of high cliffs and rocks in the competition area.

Course lengths qualification:

Course lengths final:

Women: 4.5km, 260m climb, 20 controls
Men: 5.4km, 320m climb, 24 controls
Expected winning time: 35 min

Old map of part of Middle terrain:

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See results from last WOC Middle (2019) below.

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Relay

Terrain: Typical continental sandstone terrain of Kokořínsko, altitude 320 – 430 m. Its intricate morphology consists of plenty of valleys and reentrants crowned by massive sandstone rock formations. In places, the rocks are also present at other levels. Visibility: Mostly grown pine forest, where visibility is generally very good – limited in areas of young pine plantations and areas of mixed forest. Runnability: is generally very good, though often significantly limited by the steepness of the slopes. In some parts, running is also limited by high blueberries (often present on plateaus and also on some slopes) and in thickets of various ages. Frequent animal tracks can make running easier on slopes.

TV from 16:10, start 16:20 Women, 18:25 Men.

Course lengths per leg:
Women: 4.1km, 285m climb, 15 controls
Men: 5.0km, 360m climb, 19 controls
Expected winning time: 105 minutes

Old map of part of relay/long terrain:

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See results from last WOC Relay (2019) below.

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Long

Long distance with 3 minute start interval. The starting order is determined by the actual forest world ranking.

Terrain: Typical continental sandstone terrain of Kokořínsko, altitude 280 – 614 m. Its intricate morphology consists of plenty of valleys and reentrants crowned by massive sandstone rock formations. In places, the rocks are also present at other levels. Visibility: Mostly grown pine forest, where visibility is generally very good – limited in areas of young pine plantations and areas of mixed forest. Runnability: is generally very good, though often significantly limited by the steepness of the slopes. In some parts, running is also limited by high blueberries (often present on plateaus and also on some slopes) and in thickets of various age. (!) There are plenty of high cliffs and rocks in the competition area.

Course lengths:
Women: 9.5 km, 690 m climb, 21 controls
Expected winning time: 80min

Men: 13.6 km, 1050 m climb, 29 controls
Expected winning time: 99min

Old map of part of relay/long terrain:

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See results from last WOC Long (2019) below.

 

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Registered competitors WOC 2021

See below for a list of all competitors below – sorted by best WRE position – with most top athletes on the start. See also WOC 2021 teams (via WorldofO.com team pages).

Men

WRE pos WRE pos
sprint
Name Country WRE ID
1 270 Yannick Michiels  BEL 13592
22 1 Olav Lundanes  NOR 13003
16 2 Gustav Bergman  SWE 7562
2 4 Matthias Kyburz  SUI 12305
3 3 Daniel Hubmann  SUI 10849
4 8 Vojtech Kral  CZE 12187
5 21 Kasper Harlem Fosser  NOR 23855
5 Magne Daehli  NOR 8654
31 6 Frederic Tranchand  FRA 17348
6 10 Joey Hadorn  SUI 23033
28 7 Ruslan Glibov  UKR 9910
7 76 Tim Robertson  NZL 15525
67 9 Eskil Kinneberg  NOR 11757
9 16 Emil Svensk  SWE 16905
15 11 Lucas Basset  FRA 7403
13 12 Florian Howald  SUI 10810
1295 13 Timo Sild  EST 16283
14 23 Martin Hubmann  SUI 10851
39 14 Gernot Ymsen  AUT 11671
17 27 Jonas Egger  SUI 18893
66 17 Miika Kirmula  FIN 11767
18 25 Aleksi Niemi  FIN 18700
20 18 Milos Nykodym  CZE 14322
19 30 Ralph Street  GBR 16782
56 19 Albin Ridefelt  SWE 15472
30 22 Gaute Steiwer  NOR 16697
23 41 Robert Merl  AUT 13549
24 85 Riccardo Scalet  ITA 18966
24 Oleksandr Kratov  UKR 12116
26 29 Audun Heimdal  NOR 10545
27 176 Artem Popov  RUS 15086
28 91 Peter Hodkinson  GBR 10688
28 Nicolas Rio  FRA 18921
117 31 Elias Kuukka  FIN 22101
31 141 Jakob Edsen  DEN 22688
92 32 Pavel Kubat  CZE 12195
50 33 Rudolfs Zernis  LAT 18506
34 34 Max Peter Bejmer  SWE 7466
1280 35 Leonid Novikov  RUS 14276
35 130 Riccardo Rancan  SUI 18900
36 102 Maxime Rauturier  FRA 20176
38 376 Tomas Krivda  CZE 28597
99 38 Olli Ojanaho  FIN 19846
41 161 Dag Blandkjenn  NOR 25227
789 42 William Lind  SWE 12778
51 43 Jonas Vytautas Gvildys  LTU 10248
44 200 Tuomas Heikkila  FIN 23025
57 51 Isac von Krusenstierna  SWE 25180
103 52 Topi Syrjalainen  FIN 24296
52 191 Algirdas Bartkevicius  LTU 18826
62 53 Akseli Ruohola  FIN 24217
520 54 Konstantin Serebryanitskiy  RUS 16116
55 373 Havard Sandstad Eidsmo  NOR 33052
480 56 Jerker Lysell  SWE 13053
58 129 Eduardo Gil Marcos  ESP 13255
161 60 Bojan Blumenstein  GER 7741
61 79 Arturs Paulins  LAT 14704
63 221 Chris Smithard  GBR 16491
64 63 Michal Olejnik  POL 14406
64 Lauri Sild  EST 16281
65 421 Jakub Glonek  CZE 24672
81 65 Mathieu Perrin  FRA 22868
70 267 Lukas Liland  NOR 27350
71 107 Quentin Rauturier  FRA 20655
71 Hector Haines  GBR 10316
72 308 Soren Thrane Odum  DEN 18651
76 151 Ivan Sirakov  BUL 16365
111 77 Tomas Kubelka  CZE 19046
80 202 Matthias Reiner  AUT 15405
80 Denys Shcherbakov  UKR 16187
83 152 Aron Bako  HUN 7286
129 84 Noah Zbinden  SUI 18899
84 226 Andris Jubelis  LAT 11329
780 85 Bartosz Pawlak  POL 14725
85 96 Dmitrii Nakonechnyi  RUS 14003
88 554 Ahmet Kacmaz  TUR 11402
89 328 Daniil Kashin  RUS 21401
915 93 Edgars Bertuks  LAT 7598
96 155 Pau Llorens Caellas  ESP 18699
97 135 Emil Oebro  DEN 18647
193 101 Kristo Heinmann  EST 10551
116 102 Mathias Peter  AUT 14853
105 647 Marvin Goericke  GER 9942
117 Martins Sirmais  LAT 16368
120 Artem Panchenko  UKR 14617
121 175 Mattia Debertolis  ITA 19153
122 228 Jannis Bonek  AUT 23784
128 123 Sebastian Inderst  ITA 11008
134 1222 Levente Tugyi  HUN 20111
141 446 Colin Kolbe  GER 25197
143 360 Sergei Rjaboshkin  EST 15512
1334 146 Simon Hector  SWE 20164
148 1203 Riccardo Casanova  GER 23290
149 396 Ats Sonajalg  EST 16991
154 369 Zoltan Bujdoso  HUN 33353
157 167 Alvaro Prieto  ESP 21009
168 290 Mate Baumholczer  HUN 7426
171 179 Felix Spaeth  GER 16618
179 358 Fryderyk Pryjma  POL 21895
184 642 Hirokazu Osaki  JPN 14498
186 241 Uldis Upitis  LAT 22993
187 522 Roman Ciobanu  ROU 8458
192 220 Nitsan Yasur  ISR 20182
592 193 Ole Hennseler  GER 25195
199 934 Wouter Hus  BEL 20876
864 202 Heino Ollin  EST 20160
203 1194 Taras Rachuk  UKR 28134
210 243 Giacomo Zagonel  ITA 18340
211 424 Nathan Lawson  GBR 12543
226 725 Tomas Musinsky  SVK 13927
246 272 Toby Scott  NZL 16048
446 246 Moritz Doellgast  GER 9068
251 2736 Warre De Cuyper  BEL 28066
276 253 Laurits Bidstrup Moller  DEN 21017
263 606 Alastair Thomas  GBR 23004
265 370 Matija Razum  CRO 15372
271 706 Yuta Tanikawa  JPN 17077
274 556 Joao Magalhaes  POR 28514
279 480 Clement Demeuse  BEL 22291
309 653 Sava Lazic  SRB 12548
1330 312 Marc Serrallonga Arques  ESP 7117
320 546 Quim Vich Diaz Guerra  ESP 36095
855 345 Peter Bray  GBR 7928
356 1414 Francesco Mariani  ITA 37592
1802 364 Evert Leeuws  BEL 12586
399 366 Vitalii Hychko  UKR 10900
375 2822 Joao Mega Figueiredo  POR 9450
379 Vytautas Beliunas  LTU 7473
1098 392 Alexandru Blejdea  ROU 7719
399 Ionut Zinca  ROU 18459
956 409 Peter Tusar  SLO 17460
418 680 Stefan Yordanov  BUL 25423
1021 424 Simon Stanonik  SLO 28447
709 437 Ivan Fomiciov  MDA 9532
610 452 Boyan Ivandjikov  BUL 28529
465 604 Apostol Atanasov  BUL 7164
1731 476 Michael Van Baelen  BEL 18542
631 477 Itsuki Ito  JPN 25428
501 1051 Thomas Laraia  USA 23272
654 540 Cansel Sarac  TUR 20188
719 605 Itay Manor  ISR 21437
614 1300 Josh OSullivan Hourihan  IRL 20394
617 813 Paul Pruzina  IRL 21545
699 1786 Petar Borisov  BUL 33843
732 Eskil Schoening  DEN 16040
821 1680 Pavol Bukovac  SVK 8059
1181 852 Hiroki Komaki  JPN 33249
855 1484 Gerardo Garcia  ARG 22876
1959 910 Lobel Horvat  CRO 25312
938 1253 Colm Moran  IRL 13814
1043 1009 KyongSa Ri  PRK 15453
1040 1907 Rotem Yasur  ISR 32482
1047 Wojciech Kowalski  POL 12068
1802 1069 Rokas Barauskas  LTU 34163
1083 1094 Andrei Golovei  MDA 19013
1119 1407 William Enger  USA 20254
1147 2730 Medard Feder  SVK 32240
1163 1394 Anthony Riley  USA 23269
1436 1190 Mikhail Kuleshov  RUS 23397
2070 1274 Eric Bone  USA 7798
1556 1721 Rotem Yogev  ISR 33440
1603 Tomas Lima  POR 21663
1621 Conor Short  IRL 16230
1683 2520 Kevin O Boyle  IRL 14342
1769 1746 Mark Bogataj  SLO 28446
1802 Vasco Mendes  POR 34134
1866 2299 Adam Jonas  SVK 34024
2313 2675 Daniel Pompura  SVK 29755
3096 Mario Koteski  MKD 40746
Krzysztof Rzenca  POL 15713
Abdelrahman Ismail  EGY 41096
Joseph Barrett  USA 41930

Women

WRE pos WRE pos
sprint
Name Country WRE ID
1 1 Tove Alexandersson  SWE 65
2 3 Simona Aebersold  SUI 23032
6 2 Natalia Gemperle  RUS 6259
3 19 Elena Roos  SUI 4961
33 4 Marika Teini  FIN 5868
11 5 Lina Strand  SWE 5654
5 751 Maja Alm  DEN 77
14 6 Sabine Hauswirth  SUI 2100
7 7 Karolin Ohlsson  SWE 4277
8 98 Tereza Janosikova  CZE 28127
852 8 Kamilla Steiwer  NOR 4290
257 9 Venla Harju  FIN 4150
9 12 Sara Hagstrom  SWE 1997
10 22 Maija Sianoja  FIN 5370
12 31 Andrine Benjaminsen  NOR 396
13 29 Paula Gross  SUI 18906
44 13 Anastasia Rudnaya  RUS 5930
26 14 Tatiana Ryabkina  RUS 4880
15 49 Megan Carter Davies  GBR 844
36 16 Denisa Kosova  CZE 3061
17 266 Victoria Haestad Bjornstad  NOR 23852
18 33 Sarina Kyburz  SUI 2549
19 35 Aleksandra Hornik  POL 19685
278 20 Lisa Risby  SWE 4900
50 21 Cecilie Friberg Klysner  DEN 23304
22 50 Veera Klemettinen  FIN 24311
23 120 Galina Vinogradova  RUS 6258
24 632 Alice Leake  GBR 3349
25 39 Sandra Grosberga  LAT 1865
28 25 Lotta Karhola  FIN 18912
27 112 Laura Ramstein  AUT 4800
31 27 Svetlana Mironova  RUS 3932
30 36 Vendula Horcickova  CZE 19096
381 38 Catherine Taylor  GBR 5861
55 39 Susen Loesch  GER 3602
42 68 Emma Bjessmo  SWE 22886
530 43 Miri Thrane Oedum  DEN 6735
160 44 Johanna Oberg  SWE 21094
49 47 Isia Basset  FRA 332
51 52 Evely Kaasiku  EST 2672
53 726 Cecile Calandry  FRA 33897
54 64 Jana Knapova  CZE 2942
73 54 Amy Nymalm  FIN 24271
1013 55 Marie Olaussen  NOR 4291
57 126 Florence Hanauer  FRA 22869
58 59 Ingeborg Eide  NOR 20206
58 823 Josefine Lind  DEN 3454
60 114 Maelle Beauvir  FRA 20207
62 66 Ingrid Lundanes  NOR 25248
96 63 Jo Shepherd  GBR 5339
66 475 Virag Weiler  HUN 19884
69 123 Anna Nilsson Simkovics  AUT 5414
122 71 Lenka Mechlova  CZE 3830
130 71 Ausrine Kutkaite  LTU 3216
71 365 Olena Babych  UKR 25660
298 73 Inga Dambe  LAT 1107
432 79 Annika Rihma  EST 4894
82 Olha Panchenko  UKR 4876
83 247 Agata Olejnik  POL 5593
84 90 Anja Arbter  AUT 173
85 85 Adela Indrakova  CZE 2430
86 86 Hanna Wisniewska  POL 6443
184 87 Liga Valdmane  LAT 6125
89 262 Cecilie Andersen  GBR 19077
90 196 Paula Starke  GER 20062
95 298 Grace Molloy  GBR 27559
97 164 Kateryna Dzema  UKR 25007
99 111 Veronika Kalinina  RUS 24156
100 183 Carlotta Scalet  ITA 5184
422 104 Line Cederberg  DEN 22961
107 177 Anika Gassner  AUT 20213
114 129 Zsofia Sarkozy  HUN 18880
115 252 Jasmina Gassner  AUT 25245
119 1305 Leonore Winkler  GER 22481
131 379 Ana Isabel Toledo Navarro  ESP 33644
132 195 Viola Zagonel  ITA 6557
134 391 Tekle Emilija Gvildyte  LTU 1945
149 134 Csilla Gardonyi  HUN 25980
140 392 Ana Camarasa  ESP 22119
190 140 Kerstin Uiboupin  EST 6080
145 141 Marianne Haug  EST 22989
143 191 Kristina Ivanova  BUL 2458
148 219 Filipa Rodrigues  POR 24882
152 222 Irita Pukite  LAT 4737
155 278 Annika Simonsen  DEN 5421
158 172 Francesca Taufer  ITA 19187
163 190 Liliana Gotseva  BUL 1767
468 163 Tatsiana Voveriene  BLR 6621
170 165 Carina Polzer  AUT 4657
637 167 Birte Friedrichs  GER 22836
172 1603 Caterina Dallera  ITA 37849
196 263 Andreya Dyaksova  BUL 20089
563 198 Ewa Gwozdz  POL 1946
1192 205 Hinako Inage  JPN 2426
208 213 Irene Pozzebon  ITA 18999
215 404 Lucie Arno  BEL 33074
222 289 Elif Gokce Avci  TUR 22947
605 231 Kaste Rutkauskaite  LTU 24915
240 853 Hanna Lundberg  SWE 37614
259 245 Ida Haapala  FIN 28437
421 245 Olena Postelniak  UKR 4677
351 249 Andra Cecilia Anghel  ROU 153
261 399 Evangelina Dyaksova  BUL 24232
353 281 Patricia Nieke  GER 4138
287 405 Meri Chkripeska  MKD 988
451 316 Feia Tsyvilska  UKR 28136
323 511 Ems De Smul  BEL 28073
347 408 Marine Sillien  BEL 28068
364 815 Ida Agervig Kristiansson  DEN 40702
668 368 Ugne Gineikaite  LTU 27003
678 405 Judita Traubaite  LTU 24214
517 Eef van Dongen  NED 40634
549 617 Dominika Mero  HUN 34071
628 785 Tamara Miklusova  SVK 24278
1009 639 Elza Kuze  LAT 33553
722 817 Ela Sedilekova  SVK 32196
830 1588 Betul Esner  TUR 35874
913 Lucia Misas Bernardino  ESP 33727
931 Natsuki Yamagishi  JPN 6509
935 1605 Diana Aleksieva  USA 32874
965 1325 Kika Basaran van Ham  ESP 33643
978 Judit Divin  ROU 34049
980 Maja Gajic  SRB 41323
1046 Sydney Fisher  USA 37279
1100 1360 Luboslava Weissova  SVK 34028
1565 1696 Yu Abe  JPN 37234
Alexis Merka  USA 37033
Salma Hassan Abdelaziz Hassan Abokhaber  EGY 41100
Moe Matsumoto  JPN 41350
Angelica Riley  USA 4895

World Cup 2021

The 2021 World Cup consists of three rounds; Neuchatel (Switzerland), Idre Fjäll (Sweden) and Cansiglio (Italy), see below. The World Orienteering Championships is not part of the World Cup.

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One comment

  1. As always nice article!

    btw. column labels of WRE pos/WRE pos sprint have changed