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EOC Sprint 2023: Maps, Results and Analysis


Matthias Kyburz (Switzerland) and Sara Hagström (Sweden) won the European Championships (EOC) Sprint in the historical city center of Verona, on a day were high speed and flawless orienteering was required in the relatively easy courses set in the flat terrain.

In the men’s class, the battle for the gold medal was very close – with Kyburz in the end winning with a 4 second gap to Kasper Fosser (Norway). Fosser was ahead of Kyburz at control 18, but lost 1-2 seconds on 3 of the 4 last legs – Kyburz showing off his trademark strong finish. The third place went to today’s big surprise – Finland’s Tuomas Heikkila, one second behind – snatching the bronze medal one second ahead of Ralph Street (Great Britain) and Martin Regborn (Sweden) in shared fourth place.

The lack of technical challenges led to very close races – with a maximum of 7 seconds between the Top-4 in the men’s race throughout the course, as you can see in the split time illustrations below. The few route choice challenges given did not separate the runners much – you were only punished with a few second’s time loss when you took the wrong route. Below the spilt time illustrations, a few of the most interesting legs from the men’s class are shown including route choices and time losses for the runners.

In the women’s class most expected Tove Alexandersson (Sweden) to battle for the win with Simona Aebersold (Switzerland), but in the end Hagström had a faster finish and took the gold medal with 8 seconds margin to Alexandersson – after Alexandersson had been in the lead two controls before the finish. Aebersold finished in third, 23 seconds down, after being in the lead halfway but losing valuable time and losing out of the battle for the win to the 13th control. The last runner in the battle for the medals was Megan Carter-Davies (Great Britain), last year’s WOC winner, who was close to the medals until doing a big mistake to the 13th control. Neither Aebersold of Carter-Davies lost time due to a routechoice mistake, but did technical mistakes.

Split time illustrations


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GPS-tracking illustrations

A collection of the most challenging legs routechoice-wise are shown below – the examples are from the men’s course, but very similar legs were run in the women’s class. Even if you took the wrong route, you only lost a few seconds.

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Maps and GPS-tracking

See the map from the men’s class on the top of the page and the women’s map here. Click the maps below to get to the GPS-tracking via omaps.worldofo.com.

EOC 2023, Sprint Women

» See map in omaps.worldofo.com



1 Matthias Kyburz Swiss Orienteering 12:26 3:33
2 Kasper Harlem Fosser Norwegian Orienteering Federation 12:30 +0:04 3:34
3 Tuomas Heikkila Finnish Orienteering Federation 12:31 +0:05 3:35
4 Martin Regborn Swedish Orienteering Federation 12:32 +0:06 3:35
4 Ralph Street British Orienteering 12:32 +0:06 3:35
6 Jonatan Gustafsson Swedish Orienteering Federation 12:42 +0:16 3:38
7 Joey Hadorn Swiss Orienteering 12:48 +0:22 3:40
8 Emil Svensk Swedish Orienteering Federation 12:49 +0:23 3:40
9 Florian Attinger Swiss Orienteering 12:50 +0:24 3:40
10 Isac von Krusenstierna Swedish Orienteering Federation 12:54 +0:28 3:41
11 Oskar Andren Swedish Orienteering Federation 12:56 +0:30 3:42
12 Axel Granqvist Swedish Orienteering Federation 13:00 +0:34 3:43
13 Michal Olejnik Polish Orienteering Federation 13:02 +0:36 3:44
13 Mathieu Perrin French Orienteering Federation 13:02 +0:36 3:44
15 Riccardo Scalet Italian Orienteering Federation FISO 13:03 +0:37 3:44
15 August Mollen Swedish Orienteering Federation 13:03 +0:37 3:44
17 Eirik Langedal Breivik Norwegian Orienteering Federation 13:06 +0:40 3:45
17 Cornelius Bjork Norwegian Orienteering Federation 13:06 +0:40 3:45
17 Fabian Aebersold Swiss Orienteering 13:06 +0:40 3:45
20 Guilhem Verove French Orienteering Federation 13:09 +0:43 3:46
20 Nathan Lawson British Orienteering 13:09 +0:43 3:46


1 Sara Hagstrom Swedish Orienteering Federation 12:17 4:05
2 Tove Alexandersson Swedish Orienteering Federation 12:25 +0:08 4:08
3 Simona Aebersold Swiss Orienteering 12:40 +0:23 4:13
4 Natalia Gemperle Swiss Orienteering 12:45 +0:28 4:15
5 Aleksandra Hornik Polish Orienteering Federation 12:49 +0:32 4:16
6 Lina Strand Swedish Orienteering Federation 13:02 +0:45 4:20
7 Sandra Grosberga Latvian Orienteering Federation 13:03 +0:46 4:21
7 Hanna Lundberg Swedish Orienteering Federation 13:03 +0:46 4:21
9 Elena Roos Swiss Orienteering 13:04 +0:47 4:21
10 Emma Bjessmo Swedish Orienteering Federation 13:05 +0:48 4:21
11 Venla Harju Finnish Orienteering Federation 13:10 +0:53 4:23
12 Eef van Dongen Nederlandse Orienteringsloop Bond 13:11 +0:54 4:23
13 Megan Carter Davies British Orienteering 13:12 +0:55 4:24
14 Cecile Calandry French Orienteering Federation 13:15 +0:58 4:25
15 Victoria Haestad Bjornstad Norwegian Orienteering Federation 13:23 +1:06 4:27
16 Maija Sianoja Finnish Orienteering Federation 13:24 +1:07 4:28
16 Cecilie Friberg Klysner Danish Orienteering Federation DOF 13:24 +1:07 4:28
18 Hanne Hilo Finnish Orienteering Federation 13:26 +1:09 4:28
18 Rita Maramarosi Hungarian Orienteering Federation 13:26 +1:09 4:28
20 Marie Olaussen Norwegian Orienteering Federation 13:27 +1:10 4:29



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  1. Must admit that quality of the course was sub par for a Championship race. Only 3-4 controls with meaningful route choices and winning times a full minute faster than course setter’s estimate.

    • Yes, fascinating to realize how many eyes must have been put on these courses before they collectively decided – yes, these are valid and worthy courses for the european championships individual sprint in our country!
      This took sprint orienteering back to a mere running exercise among shopping and touristing people, in need of results measured in tenths of seconds…

    • I guess they are ‘obliged’ to organise it in the city center for sponsoring/commercial reasons.
      It was already the case for the WMOC in central Kosice this year, zero technical difficulty.