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EOC 2022: All You Need To Know

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The first ever forest only* European Orienteering Championships (EOC) is organized in Rakvere, Estonia from Wednesday to Sunday this week. The championships starts with Middle Qualification on Wednesday and continues witht Long distance on Thursday, Middle Final on Saturday and Relay on Sunday.

*Edit: The first forest only EOC in modern times. The first two EOCs in 1962 and 1964 were also forest only EOCs.

With most of the important international orienteering races so far this season being organized in urban areas (World Cup and World Championships), this will be the first chance for the forest specialists to show their strength. The EOC is also the second World Cup round of three rounds, with the last round being organized in Switzerland in October (also a forest only round). The races were originally planned for 2020 but had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The terrain has been kept and the planning is it to a large extent the same.

The terrain in Estonia is quite “bushy” with varied runnability and visibility, with some faster parts. See the analysis from the World Championships in Estonia back in 2017 for what you can expect from Estonian terrain.

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Program

  • Wednesday August 3rd: Middle Qualification
    • Men: First start 13:00 local time (12:00 CET)
    • Women: First start 13:01 local time (12:01 CET)
    • Race finished around 16:00 local time
  • Thursday August 4th: Long
    • Men: First start 09:40 local time (08:40 CET). Flower ceremony expected 16:50 local time.
    • Women: First start 09:30 local time (08:30 CET). Flower ceremony expected 15:22 local time.
  • Saturday August 6th: Middle Final
    • Men: First start A-final 13:10 local time (12:10 CET). Flower ceremony expected 14:40 local time.
    • Women: First start A-final 11:45 local time (10:45 CET). Flower ceremony expected 15:50 local time.
    • B-final starts after the finish of the A-final.
  • Sunday August 7th: Relay
    • Men: Start 12:00 local time (11:00 CET)
    • Women: Start 10:00 local time (09:00 CET)

Links & how to follow live

Use these links to follow the championships:

Map and terrain

All competition days use different parts of the same terrain. The race venue is around 1 hours drive to the east from the capital Tallin (whereas WOC 2017 was organized in the south of the country). All competitions (Middle Q and F, Long Distance and Relay) will be held at the same Competition Centre (CC) in Põlula, 20 kilometers from Rakvere

The terrain has many typical moraine features (eskers, kames, drumlins). The height difference on the terrain is around 30 metres and 20 metres on one slope. There are many hillocks and depressions with depths and heights up to 10 metres.

Larger marshes and flat areas are situated around streams and rivers that are on the borders of the terrain. The vegetation is very varied, but most of the terrain is covered by forest. There are a lot of areas with self-sown undergrowth and high grass. Old logging areas can be overgrown. Runnability varies from the spruce forest with good runnability to overgrown logging areas, areas with storm-felled trees and a lot of areas with undergrowth, which all have poor runnability. Visibility varies from good to poor. A regular pattern of forest rides covers the terrain and there are some small roads and tracks. See an old map of part of the terrain below.

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Race details

Middle Qualification

In EOC Middle each Federation shall allocate its competitors to 3 starting groups (early, middle, late) for the qualification race. The number of competitors allocated to each of the 3 groups by a Federation may not differ by more than one (e.g. if a Federation has 7 competitors, they must allo-cate 3 to one group and 2 to the other two). If a Federation fails to allocate its competitors to starting groups, the organiser shall decide the allocation. The starting order within each group will be drawn at random.

The first 20 competitors from each qualification race heat will qualify for the A final.

Long

In EOC Long, competitors who have been in the top 3 in the long distance in either of the last 2 WOCs start in starting group 1. This group is made up to 10 with the top-ranked entered runners in the World Ranking. Other competitors who have been in positions 4-6 in the long distance in either of the last 2 WOCs start in starting group 2. This group is made up to 15 with the next top-ranked entered runners in the World Ranking. Subsequent starting groups of 15 (or up to 29 for the final starting group) are filled on the basis of World Ranking positions. They are starting groups 3, 4 etc. If necessary, the order of the runners with the same World Ranking points is determined by lot. Within each group the start order is randomised.The highest numbered starting group starts first and then the others in descending order. Starting group 1 starts last of all. The starting groups for EOC Long will be determined using the World Ranking as of 2 August 2022.

Middle Final

There will be a B-final for competitors who do not qualify for the A-final. No World Cup points are awarded in the B-final but World Ranking points will be awarded according to the scale for a standard World Ranking Event. Competitors who are not placed in the qualification race may start in the B final, starting before all other competitors.

Relay

A Federation may enter 3 teams each consisting of 3 competitors in each class, but only the best-placed team will be placed in the results. Incomplete teams, and teams with runners from more than one Federation are allowed, but are not in-cluded in the official results.

Reigning champions forest races

The last European Championships in forest disciplines was held all the way back in 2018. Reigning World Champions in the forest disciplines from last year in Czech Republic are Kasper Harlem Fosser (Norway) and Tove Alexandersson (Sweden) in long distance and Matthias Kyburz (Switzerland) and Alexandersson in Middle distance.

Long distance WOC 2021

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Middle distance WOC 2021

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World Cup Standings

See below for the World Cup standings ahead of EOC 2022. See full World Cup standings here (updated after each event).

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Competitors

Registered competitors are listed by World Ranking position (WRE position) below.

Men

WRE pos
sprint
WRE pos Name Country WRE ID
1 1 Kasper Harlem Fosser  NOR 23855
10 2 Gustav Bergman  SWE 7562
3 3 Matthias Kyburz  SUI 12305
11 5 Daniel Hubmann  SUI 10849
6 Magne Daehli  NOR 8654
46 7 Ruslan Glibov  UKR 9910
18 8 Emil Svensk  SWE 16905
9 9 Joey Hadorn  SUI 23033
21 11 Miika Kirmula  FIN 11767
8 12 Martin Regborn  SWE 15387
5 14 Vojtech Kral  CZE 12187
353 15 Albin Ridefelt  SWE 15472
14 16 Florian Howald  SUI 10810
57 18 Eskil Kinneberg  NOR 11757
60 19 Gernot Ymsen  AUT 11671
557 20 Timo Sild  EST 16283
846 21 Simon Imark  SWE 22867
54 22 Milos Nykodym  CZE 14322
19 23 Gaute Steiwer  NOR 16697
38 24 Isac von Krusenstierna  SWE 25180
16 27 Max Peter Bejmer  SWE 7466
1501 28 Oleksandr Kratov  UKR 12116
523 29 Olli Ojanaho  FIN 19846
101 30 Topi Syrjalainen  FIN 24296
86 31 Rudolfs Zernis  LAT 18506
43 33 Lukas Liland  NOR 27350
1308 34 Elias Kuukka  FIN 22101
34 36 Jonas Egger  SUI 18893
6 37 Ralph Street  GBR 16782
49 41 Christoph Meier  SUI 13502
34 43 Robert Merl  AUT 13549
46 Nicolas Rio  FRA 18921
13 48 Tomas Krivda  CZE 28597
29 50 Michal Olejnik  POL 14406
116 52 Pascal Buchs  SUI 23883
47 54 Bojan Blumenstein  GER 7741
39 55 Soren Thrane Odum  DEN 18651
794 57 Anton Johansson  SWE 20161
535 61 Jens Ronnols  SWE 22857
110 62 Noah Zbinden  SUI 18899
80 64 Mathieu Perrin  FRA 22868
549 70 Lauri Sild  EST 16281
163 73 Arturs Paulins  LAT 14704
809 75 Eetu Savolainen  FIN 19797
121 78 Bartosz Pawlak  POL 14725
62 81 Timo Suter  SUI 23936
131 82 Mathias Peter  AUT 14853
83 Wojciech Kowalski  POL 12068
39 84 Loic Capbern  FRA 8188
34 86 Jannis Bonek  AUT 23784
52 87 Kenny Kivikas  EST 11784
66 89 Tino Polsini  SUI 28365
92 89 Joni Hirvikallio  FIN 10663
50 91 Maxime Rauturier  FRA 20176
88 93 Elias Jonsson  NOR 23864
179 95 Aaro Aho  FIN 24285
1315 98 Samu Heiska  FIN 19423
51 99 Eirik Langedal Breivik  NOR 32770
202 105 Ole Hennseler  GER 25195
94 108 Quentin Moulet  FRA 32613
108 Aleksi Karppinen  FIN 21688
111 116 Fabian Aebersold  SUI 32449
160 117 Vegard Jarvis Westergard  CAN 18032
1351 119 Hans Petter Mathisen  NOR 13377
147 119 Rasmus Moeller Jess  DEN 28258
26 123 Jakob Edsen  DEN 22688
67 124 Pau Llorens Caellas  ESP 18699
375 128 Toby Scott  NZL 16048
61 134 Jonas Hubacek  CZE 20162
32 135 Algirdas Bartkevicius  LTU 18826
940 135 Heino Ollin  EST 20160
1007 139 Edgars Bertuks  LAT 7598
90 144 Jonas Soldini  SUI 33997
17 148 Aston Key  AUS 24481
68 149 Quentin Rauturier  FRA 20655
65 151 Emil Oebro  DEN 18647
1402 152 Andreas Soelberg  NOR 17000
231 155 Ben Mitchell  GBR 13706
158 Luis Nogueira  ESP 13880
827 160 Henrik Johannesson  SWE 22605
4 161 Yannick Michiels  BEL 13592
856 163 Artem Panchenko  UKR 14617
134 164 Sebastian Inderst  ITA 11008
186 168 Uldis Upitis  LAT 22993
238 168 Nitsan Yasur  ISR 20182
140 177 Mattia Debertolis  ITA 19153
81 179 Matthias Reiner  AUT 15405
558 180 Marc Serrallonga Arques  ESP 7117
1399 185 Peter Bray  GBR 7928
187 Leonas Mockunas  LTU 13744
213 200 Brodie Nankervis  AUS 14008
823 208 Viktor Svensk  SWE 33940
78 214 Jorgen Baklid  NOR 23859
148 217 Janis Tamuzs  LAT 17066
59 222 Alvaro Casado  ESP 28538
226 223 Kristo Heinmann  EST 10551
250 238 Ilgvars Caune  LAT 25964
215 241 Laurits Bidstrup Moller  DEN 21017
82 241 Francesco Mariani  ITA 37592
904 253 Joshua Dudley  GBR 9010
264 Vytautas Beliunas  LTU 7473
197 269 Mathias Blaise  BEL 28056
178 276 Mads Skaug  DEN 25378
216 276 Lukas Patscheider  ITA 37868
1560 280 Jakub Chupek  SVK 24933
306 292 Francois Van der Ouderaa  BEL 14543
165 293 Linus Agervig Kristiansson  DEN 37747
295 Csaba Gosswein  HUN 10273
593 315 Mikolaj Dutkowski  POL 9048
411 325 Antoine Becaert  FRA 37174
1720 326 Michal Krajcik  SVK 12095
188 339 Jacob Steinthal  DEN 33892
616 344 Jaagup Truusalu  EST 17389
169 370 Tomas Lima  POR 21663
371 Joe Woodley  GBR 18151
162 384 Vilius Aleliunas  LTU 6891
480 389 Teodor Yordanov  BUL 18286
122 422 Ats Sonajalg  EST 16991
234 422 David Rojas  ESP 33650
699 430 Uku Laur Tali  EST 17043
1904 434 Pranas Germanavicius  LTU 25395
237 445 Medard Feder  SVK 32240
415 457 Alvaro Garcia Bernabeu  ESP 42732
430 466 Itsuki Ito  JPN 25428
313 474 Ozgur Fettah  TUR 9438
458 476 Anton Silier  GER 33345
929 481 Michael Van Baelen  BEL 18542
491 Itay Manor  ISR 21437
884 501 Adam Jonas  SVK 34024
439 502 Simon Krekels  BEL 22591
650 504 Tiago Gingao Leal  POR 12553
654 553 Reigo Teervalt  EST 21720
242 584 Angus Haines  AUS 24499
419 600 Valentin Shishkov  BUL 23822
620 Wataru Teragauchi  JPN 17152
1657 637 Shunsuke Shimizu  JPN 37949
926 657 Axel Pannier  FRA 34905
48 669 Colin Kolbe  GER 25197
243 678 Alastair George  AUS 28573
687 Ivaylo Kamenarov  BUL 11467
127 691 Sergei Rjaboshkin  EST 15512
568 691 Raphael Masliah  FRA 33925
473 793 Vasco Mendes  POR 34134
495 885 Lok Hin MA  HKG 13085
133 938 Alexander Chepelin  GBR 8351
910 980 Daniel Pompura  SVK 29755
596 1020 Peter Molloy  GBR 33239
1497 1035 Evert Leeuws  BEL 12586
1065 Emils Zernis  LAT 31998
674 1167 Stanislav Polianytsia  UKR 28139
1174 Ryoma Nagayama  JPN 42871
272 1180 Rotem Yogev  ISR 33440
595 1413 Tadas Dementavicius  LTU 34169
1948 1572 Tristan Miller  AUS 28795
793 1668 Ho Yin Chung  HKG 36159
1928 Florian Kurz  AUT 22771
1964 Viktor Vitiuk  UKR 19099
1683 2088 Peleg Mitzafon  ISR 37585
1194 2327 Kai Yui Hubert Yam  HKG 34720
2061 Joshua Ho Kiu Au  HKG 38068
2373 Chung Yin To  HKG 37494
244 Ewan Shingler  AUS 35336
Andrii Marchuk  UKR 44802

Women

WRE pos
sprint
WRE pos Name Country WRE ID
1 1 Tove Alexandersson  SWE 65
2 2 Simona Aebersold  SUI 23032
4 4 Andrine Benjaminsen  NOR 396
9 5 Karolin Ohlsson  SWE 4277
17 6 Venla Harju  FIN 4150
102 7 Lisa Risby  SWE 4900
19 8 Sabine Hauswirth  SUI 2100
24 9 Marika Teini  FIN 5868
8 11 Sara Hagstrom  SWE 1997
6 13 Lina Strand  SWE 5654
3 14 Elena Roos  SUI 4961
54 20 Marie Olaussen  NOR 4291
402 22 Johanna Oberg  SWE 21094
35 26 Sarina Kyburz  SUI 2549
5 27 Megan Carter Davies  GBR 844
13 29 Aleksandra Hornik  POL 19685
15 30 Paula Gross  SUI 18906
52 31 Cecilie Friberg Klysner  DEN 23304
26 32 Veera Klemettinen  FIN 24311
79 32 Miri Thrane Oedum  DEN 6735
6 35 Tereza Janosikova  CZE 28127
34 37 Sandra Grosberga  LAT 1865
581 39 Andrea Svensson  SWE 20204
67 41 Evely Kaasiku  EST 2672
75 44 Ingeborg Eide  NOR 20206
47 48 Vendula Horcickova  CZE 19096
53 49 Hanna Wisniewska  POL 6443
39 51 Adela Finstrlova  CZE 2430
14 55 Victoria Haestad Bjornstad  NOR 23852
156 55 Line Cederberg  DEN 22961
137 57 Jo Shepherd  GBR 5339
77 59 Sofie Bachmann  SUI 18907
23 60 Ingrid Lundanes  NOR 25248
30 61 Martina Ruch  SUI 18903
63 Tone Bergerud Lye  NOR 3583
82 70 Anna Haataja  FIN 19926
163 71 Agnes Noergaard Kracht  DEN 3095
119 72 Katrin Mueller  SUI 26352
292 73 Marion Aebi  SUI 23
36 74 Grace Molloy  GBR 27559
57 77 Ida Haapala  FIN 28437
282 79 Josefin Tjernlund  SWE 19038
19 83 Cecile Calandry  FRA 33897
48 85 Caroline Gjotterup  DEN 1757
100 86 Gabija Razaityte Saunoriene  LTU 4836
31 89 Florence Hanauer  FRA 22869
676 93 Ellinor Tjernlund  SWE 5948
83 94 Anika Gassner  AUT 20213
153 96 Enni Jalava  FIN 24222
97 Anna Ulvensoen  NOR 6084
25 100 Ida Agervig Kristiansson  DEN 40702
106 101 Annika Simonsen  DEN 5421
116 105 Elin Carlsson  SWE 25174
49 106 Nicoline Friberg Klysner  DEN 2941
198 107 Johanna Trummer  AUT 22769
655 109 Olena Postelniak  UKR 4677
114 110 Karoliina Ukskoski  FIN 22973
148 112 Carina Polzer  AUT 4657
392 113 Miia Niittynen  FIN 4161
114 Sandra Pauzaite  LTU 4468
88 116 Anu Tuomisto  FIN 24228
110 119 Jasmina Gassner  AUT 25245
37 120 Ana Isabel Toledo Navarro  ESP 33644
91 125 Ausrine Kutkaite  LTU 3216
628 133 Inga Dambe  LAT 1107
32 135 Malin Agervig Kristiansson  DEN 36181
157 136 Ina Westerlund  FIN 23027
69 137 Cecilie Andersen  GBR 19077
72 138 Emma Louise Arnesen  NOR 32593
70 142 Maelle Beauvir  FRA 20207
158 143 Marianne Haug  EST 22989
194 144 Elza Kuze  LAT 33553
63 151 Kateryna Dzema  UKR 25007
85 156 Anna Nilsson Simkovics  AUT 5414
231 161 Galina Ribediuc  MDA 4779
1049 171 Judita Traubaite  LTU 24214
122 173 Hanna Mueller  GER 18908
106 174 Feia Tsyvilska  UKR 28136
39 185 Hedvig Valbjorn Gydesen  DEN 32310
111 187 Paula Starke  GER 20062
600 187 Olena Pitirimova  UKR 4616
121 193 Fiona Bunn  GBR 21903
189 203 Ems De Smul  BEL 28073
301 204 Margret Zimmermann  EST 6631
219 206 Andreya Dyaksova  BUL 20089
1304 213 Eleri Hirv  EST 2207
621 219 Chloe Dudoignon  FRA 22871
327 238 Eliska Sieglova  CZE 28598
181 256 Ida Oebro  DEN 6734
203 265 Marine Sillien  BEL 28068
480 272 Juliette Basset  FRA 24928
220 282 Olivia Sprod  AUS 5575
217 292 Signe Sirma  LAT 28386
495 299 Kika Basaran van Ham  ESP 33643
183 301 Jessica Lucchetta  ITA 28359
445 304 Martina Rizzi  ITA 39509
246 308 Lucie Arno  BEL 33074
269 311 Evangelina Dyaksova  BUL 24232
696 336 Briana Steven  NZL 28736
380 Kaja Winsnes Nordhagen  NOR 25262
177 389 Mariia Tymoshchuk  UKR 28137
33 400 Ane Dyrkorn  NOR 26755
566 407 Lorely Korvel  EST 37924
242 408 Evalin Brautigam  USA 642
197 496 Tina Tiefenboeck  AUT 28317
274 518 Emily Sorensen  AUS 32102
475 546 Agnieszka Cych  POL 34079
664 629 Sigrid Ruul  EST 5039
225 641 Chloe Potter  GBR 21517
485 657 Michele Dawson  AUS 1142
224 729 Marta Guijo Alonso  ESP 20222
569 758 Sanna Fast  SWE 22905
300 804 Amanda Falck Weber  DEN 6357
255 905 Caitlin Young  AUS 31027
554 956 Ying Yau Chu  HKG 968
1133 1015 Kristina Krajcikova  SVK 6075
666 1022 Katharina Linke  GER 43643
839 1029 Yi Shan Wong  HKG 6463
930 1150 Lucile Clouard  FRA 42807
1367 1255 Svitlana Kobets  UKR 28138
647 1313 Rachel Brown  GBR 37114
196 1439 Annarita Scalzotto  ITA 34014
241 1537 Mikayla Cooper  AUS 32565
1620 Kadri Kadakas  EST 44208
1237 Wing Man  HKG 38062
1363 Hoi Yan Lo  HKG 38063
370 Julia Gannon  AUS 36714
Rebecca Herna  SVK 42208
Ona Rafols Perramon  ESP 4516

 

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12 comments

  1. Kovács Gábor

    The first two EOCs in 1962 and 1964 were also forest only EOCs.

    • Thanks, I of course meant in modern times, but still a good point! Updated in text.

    • 2000 in Ukraine was forest only as well.

      • Jørgen Frøyd

        Out of topic …? The urban distance was first time introduced in WOC 2001 in Finland. The first EOC with also sprint distance on the program was in 2002.

        • Lars Lindstrøm

          Jørgen >> One could argue the first (and third) WOC sprint were not Urban events :-)

  2. Also the French TV channel TV8 Mont Blanc will show all the finals, with French comentators https://www.ffcorientation.fr/actus/2022/08/01/suivez-les-championnats-deurope-la-television/
    Thank you, Jan, for the article!

    • Thanks, Eva! Orienteering.sport only included three countries yesterday, but I see that France and Finland are also included now. I updated the article, also with link to TV-times.

  3. Hmm, GPS tracking worked well in the beginning, but now (after 1 hr in the Middle qual.) it is basically dead. Network (capacity) problems?

  4. Now it is totally dead: This site can’t be reached .www.tulospalvelu.fi took too long to respond.

    But according to the IOF web site, the Live Service Status=OK …

  5. Joan Grenouille

    Wow, this is real orienteering – for the first time at an international Elite race in 2022?

    But what is the idea behind the river-routechoice challenges in the Long distance? There appear to be three options: (i) to cross the river swimming, (ii) to go around losing time, (iii) to approach the river and then return losing even more time.

    • Yes, very puzzling indeed with the river crossing route choices in this race. And I’m even more confused after hearing winner Martin Regborn telling about the info the runners got beforehand, according to him – that in some places the river might be sealed off with plastic tape, where the river might be too deep / dangerous to cross, without being marked exactly where that would be on the map…
      So he ran around the whole forbidden area to the right on the 6-7 leg, to avoid winding up in such a lottery, losing quite some time on that leg. And followed up with another safe choice on 15-16, losing time there as well.
      Also hard to understand how the course setters thought about tempting the runners with a left route choice on 6-7 – hardly no one did, and those who fell for that lost loads of time…

  6. Joan Grenouille

    Exciting relays – but what was the idea behind the biased GHI forking in the women’s course? I have always thought that there should be no forking at all in the last loop of the final leg.