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World Cup Opener 2023 Long: Maps, Results and Analysis


After nearly 90 minutes of orienteering in tough terrain only seconds separated the top runners in both the men’s and women’s class in the long distance opening this year’s World Cup. Last years’ winners of the overall World Cup, Tove Alexandersson (SWE) and Kasper Fosser (NOR), had the margins on their side, and started the World Cup season with victories.

For Fosser the margin was as small as 3 seconds down to Emil Svensk (SWE) and another 6 seconds down to Martin Regborn (SWE). These three were in another league, with Matthias Kyburz (SUI) finishing more than 2 minutes behind and Joey Hadorn (SUI) and Ruslan Glibov (UKR) following at around 3 minutes – the two latter after getting some help by the speed from runners from the top trio.

In the women’s class Alexandersson finally got a real battle for the victory in a long distance where she did a good technical race – Sara Hagström (SWE) was only 55 seconds behind after 82 minutes of running – after being even closer for most of the race. This will be really interesting to follow as the season proceeds. From the two top runners there was a big gap to Norwegian runners Marie Olaussen and Andrine Benjaminsen at 4:43 and 6:20 – with Marika Teini (FIN) and Natalia Gemperle (SUI) finishing off the Top 6 within 8 minutes. Of these Gemperle seemed to be the fastest runners of those not getting help by the speed of the top duo, but Gemperle made one big mistake (control 2) and a route choice error (control 5) that costing her more than 6 minutes in total.

Maps and GPS-tracking

World Cup 2023 Round 1, Long Women

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World Cup 2023 Round 1, Long Men

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Analysis Men

See below for a graphical split time analysis of the men’s race – first the Top 10 and then the Top 3. Note how the Top 3 follow each other throughout the race, always within 70 seconds of each other. Anton Johansson keeps up with them until control 12, but then he gradually loses time – notne of the others seem to currently have this speed in this terrain. There are not too many mistakes among the top 10, but note some mistakes by Bergman and Ojanaho.

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Looking at the top 3 only, we see that Svensk had a really fast start – taking 70 seconds on the others until control 7. His slower routechoice to control 8 (going further around, see GPS-comparison below) did however cost him 40-50 of those seconds. And it also looks like the fast start cost Svensk a bit towards the end, as the others are 40-60 seconds faster than him the last 8-10 controls. Fosser’s finish is especially strong.

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Below the complete men’s course is shown:


And here GPS-data of some of the most interesting legs:

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Analysis Women

For the women we see larger time differences for the longer legs – especially leg 2 and leg 5 – it looks like a combination of route choice and execution did have higher impact in the women’s class. The two top women are clearly in a class for themselves, with nobody else close to their speed (Olaussen’s curve looks very good for the middle part of the race, but here she closely follows Hagström).

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Here is the comparison between Alexandersson and Hagström. At control 19 the gap was only 20 seconds, but a miss to control 20 by Hagström was enough for the victory to become relatively clear in the end.

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Below is the course from the women’s race:

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And here GPS-data from the most important legs:

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1. Kasper Harlem Fosser Norge 88:06 (+0:00)
2. Emil Svensk Sweden 88:09 (+0:03)
3. Martin Regborn Sweden 88:15 (+0:09)
4. Matthias Kyburz Switzerland 90:26 (+2:20)
5. Joey Hadorn Switzerland 91:18 (+3:12)
6. Ruslan Glibov Ukraine 91:24 (+3:18)
7. Gustav Bergman Sweden 92:19 (+4:13)
8. Anton Johansson Sweden 92:26 (+4:20)
9. Olli Ojanaho Finland 92:32 (+4:26)
10. Lukas Liland Norge 92:33 (+4:27)
11. Timo Sild Estonia 93:37 (+5:31)
12. Eskil Kinneberg Norge 93:41 (+5:35)
13. Miika Kirmula Finland 93:46 (+5:40)
14. Simon Imark Sweden 94:03 (+5:57)
15. Martin Hubmann Switzerland 94:05 (+5:59)
16. Axel Elmblad Sweden 94:23 (+6:17)
16. Albin Ridefelt Sweden 94:23 (+6:17)
18. Akseli Ruohola Finland 94:40 (+6:34)
19. Mathieu Perrin France 94:45 (+6:39)
20. Daniel Hubmann Switzerland 95:26 (+7:20)


1. Tove Alexandersson Sweden 82:07 (+0:00)
2. Sara Hagstrom Sweden 83:02 (+0:55)
3. Marie Olaussen Norge 86:50 (+4:43)
4. Andrine Benjaminsen Norge 88:27 (+6:20)
5. Marika Teini Finland 89:08 (+7:01)
6. Natalia Gemperle Switzerland 89:52 (+7:45)
7. Anu Tuomisto Finland 90:06 (+7:59)
8. Simona Aebersold Switzerland 90:11 (+8:04)
9. Marianne Andersen Norge 90:27 (+8:20)
10. Andrea Svensson Sweden 91:52 (+9:45)
11. Karolin Ohlsson Sweden 91:59 (+9:52)
12. Sandra Grosberga Latvia 92:04 (+9:57)
13. Paula Gross Switzerland 92:09 (+10:02)
14. Elin Mansson Sweden 92:16 (+10:09)
15. Maija Sianoja Finland 92:58 (+10:51)
16. Lisa Risby Sweden 93:10 (+11:03)
17. Megan Carter Davies Great Britain 93:48 (+11:41)
18. Johanna Ridefelt Sweden 94:08 (+12:01)
19. Hanna Wisniewska Poland 94:21 (+12:14)
20. Miia Niittynen Finland 94:40 (+12:33)



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