Lauri Sild: – Sheer joy

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 23 Nov 2014@5:00

- It is difficult to put it into words, but orienteering in the terrain was sheer joy! I mean, already the map itself looks awesome, Lauri Sild tells about his favourite terrain in 2014. - The terrain (and the course) was a real challenge, it is easy to lose track of yourself in the details because it is fairly fast and at the same time, the range of visibility can be quite low, Sild continues.

Read on to see which terrain and course Sild is talking about – and to read the complete interview with Lauri Sild about his favourite courses and terrains this year. Lauri Sild fought his way into the top international orienteering elite with his fabulous 6th place at the WOC middle distance in Italy earlier this year – now the sky is the limit for the Estonian!

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Q: What was the best course you run in 2014 – and why?
This year my choice for the best course would have to be the World Championships middle distance in Campomulo, Italy (see map in omaps here). One of the reasons is the terrain itself. I think “the best course of the year” title should be connected to one of the best terrains of the year, which in my mind is the one in Campomulo.

The course was difficult in many technical and physical aspects, but at the same time not unnecessarily “over the top”. The diversity of the course is what makes it great: there were route choices, speed and direction changes, fine map reading / generalizing, slopes, uphill/downhill, good/bad visibility and -runnability. Even more, from a participant’s point of view, the terrain was somewhat unexpected. Meaning that the training maps or even the model event did not reveal the true nature of the competition terrain, or at least part of it. This put even the best orienteers in the world to the test by making them adapt to new situations quickly on-the-go.

Q: What was the most interesting orienteering terrain you run in in 2014 – and why?
There are so many interesting ones, I guess it all depends on what kind of terrains someone is used to orienteer in. For me, the World Cup terrain Coto de las Maravillas near Cehegin, Spain was a totally new and exciting experience. I skipped the long distance (for the sake of European Championships less than a week away) and competed only on the middle distance.

It’s difficult to put it into words, but orienteering in the terrain was sheer joy! I mean, already the map itself looks awesome! The terrain (and the course – see here) was a real challenge, it’s easy to lose track of yourself in the details because it’s fairly fast and at the same time, the range of visibility can be quite low. I must admit that I didn’t really master the terrain this time and would definitely like another go on the terrain some day again! I also imagine that both these courses could be very strong contenders for the “course of the year” title!

Q: Usually the courses in interesting terrains are the ones you remember – so a challenge for you: Can you remember a very good course you ran in “boring” terrain this year?
Seems like there haven’t been so many boring terrains this year… which is a good thing! But there were definitely some races that were maybe not exactly boring terrains, but which surprised positively either by the complexity of the course or how enjoyable it actually was compared to what was expected.

First, the Tallinn O-Week middle distance (see GPS-tracking here and map with Sild’s route here) was much more difficult than I expected it to be, it required constant full focus and precise orienteering for success. Another one would be the CISM World Military World Championships middle distance race in Austria, which I enjoyed very much, even if I was not in shape for this very fast terrain.

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CISM middle distance map with Gernot Kerschbaumer’s route (silver medalist):

Q: What is the worst course you run in 2014?
I’m glad to say that this was actually not that easy to find, since most of the courses have been at least OK, or better. But if I’d have to point out just one, it would probably be the Estonian Championships middle distance (see map with course here). I mean, I’ve ran a lot worse courses before, but I think that this time it was not a worthy course for championships.

It was held on the same terrain as JWOC 2003 long distance and, if I remember correctly, hasn’t been used for local major competitions since. The terrain is great and offers many opportunities for a challenging course, but I think this course did not use the potential of it. First of all, the course was technically too easy. Secondly, it didn’t really offer any real routechoices (maybe 19-20 was the only one). And lastly, the course didn’t have much diversity – the lengths of the legs were approximately the same throughout the course and there wasn’t much change in direction, running speed or orienteering technique. What is funniest though, is that I managed to make basically the season’s biggest mistake on this course! Naturally, there is a long story behind the mistake, but seems like there doesn’t seem to be any rational excuse for this one!

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Q: Did you set any courses in 2014? If so, is it possible to share the best (in your opinion) with World of O’s readers?
Yes I did, I’ve set numerous training courses and also some competitions this year. The competitions were the Tallinn O-Week sprint WRE and the 2-day Suunto Games in Estonia (1. day also WRE). A course setter’s job is not easy and it’s difficult to evaluate your own courses. It’s even harder to pick out just one course since all the competitions were different disciplines – sprint, long and middle. I’ll let the readers themselves decide which one is the best!

On both competitions, the starting field was international and strong, especially on the men’s side. It seemed that the competitors were more or less satisfied and liked the courses, which was a relief to hear after all the effort (and time!) put into making the courses.

Q: In how many countries did you run orienteering in 2014 (difficult question, I know – maybe you can even tell how many countries you have orienteered in in total)?
This is actually the easiest question! This year I had the pleasure of exploring ten countries: Austria, Estonia, Finland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, Scotland (UK), Spain and Sweden.

Two new ones this year, I hadn’t orienteered in Portugal and Scotland before and both are great O-destinations! In total I have orienteered in 25 different countries – there is still enough left to visit, especially outside Europe! So far I’ve reached only China…

Q: You have had some great results this year – how do you plan to improve even further next year?
On one hand, I have to stay true to the same methods that work in my training, but on the other hand, I have to try new things and see where it takes me.

I don’t feel that I’ve done absolutely everything to be the best in the world. Far from it – I’ve always tried to take things one step at a time and leave reserve for progress in the future. I have gathered ideas for the next season that may be worth looking into, but that’s not open for discussion ;) Basically, I’ll try to stay true to working stuff, while being innovative!

Last season I had the first taste of how a professional orienteer’s life could be like, which I think helped me reach a new level. I definitely liked it and will try my best (and wisest) to be professional from now on. Honestly, how often does an opportunity like this present itself to an orienteer?

Q: What is the race you look most forward to in 2015?
No doubt, the World Championships week is what I’m looking forward to! I like the next year’s WOC program layout, so right now I’m equally waiting for the middle and the long distance races.

Q: Thanks a lot for your answers, Lauri – and good luck with the preparations for the 2015 season!

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World Cup Final 2014: All You Need to Know!

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 03 Oct 2014@5:00

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[Sprint Relay Friday 15:00 CET / Middle Saturday 12:30 CET / Sprint Sunday 13:31 CET] The World Cup 2014 will be decided in Switzerland this weekend – starting with a mixed sprint relay on Friday as part of the unofficial sprint relay World Cup, continuing with a middle distance on Saturday and finishing with a city sprint on Sunday finalizing the individual World Cup.

The winner of the individual World Cup in the men’s class is already decided. Swiss Daniel Hubmann has a lead of more than 350 points to Olav Lundanes (Norway) and nobody can even theoretically beat the Swiss star on home ground. There is a tight fight for second between Lundanes, the Ukraine Oleksandr Kratov and the Swiss runners Matthias Kyburz and Fabian Hertner.

In the women’s class Tove Alexandersson is nearly as dominant as Hubmann, but with a lead of 269 points to Swiss Judith Wyder and 300 World Cup points as a maximum score in the two remaining World Cup races Wyder has a small theoretical chance of taking the overall World Cup from the Swede. Lena Eliasson (Sweden) and Helena Jansson (Sweden, not starting this weekend) are next on the list, but must do very good races to beat Wyder in the overall . See the full World Cup standings ahead of the weekend’s races further down on the page.

In the unofficial sprint relay World Cup Denmark is the current leader with a 30 point lead over Sweden and a 50 point lead ahead of Switzerland. Although Denmark is the favourite with Klingenberg, Lassen, Bobach and Alm in the team, this may be a close fight! Sweden starts with Olsson, Bergman, Leandersson and Eliasson whereas Switzerland has Friedrich, M Hubmann, M Kyburz and Gross in the first team.

Live coverage
Useful links

Program Friday (Mixed sprint relay, unofficial):

- First Start approx. 12.00
- Last Start women 14.00
- Last Start men 14.30

- Start 15.00 CET
- Finish approx 16.00 CET

Course and start information:

  • The terrain is mostly flat with some undulating hills. Mix between park with small forest parts, botanical garden, playgrounds and a residential part. Should give fairly good GPS tracking.
  • Leg 1 and 4 (women): 3.6 km, 40 meter climb, 25 controls
  • Leg 2 and 3 (men): 4.3 km, 50 meter climb, 28 controls
  • Start list

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Program Saturday (Middle distance):

- First Start approx. 12.00
- Last Start women 14.00
- Last Start men 14.30

- First Start approx. 12.30 CET
- Last Start women 14.30 CET
- Last Start men 15.00 CET
- Race decided: Women 15:05 CET, men 15:35 CET

Course and start information:

  • Women 5.8 km, 160 m , 21 controls, winning time 35’
  • Men 6.6 km, 210 m , 23 controls, winning time 35’

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Program Sunday (Sprint distance):

- First Start women 13.31 – Last start women 14.24 – Race decided 14.39
- First Start men 14.35 - Last Start men 15.14 – Race decided 15.29

Course and start information:

  • Women 3.5 km, 45 m , 18 controls, winning time 14 min,
  • Men 4.3 km, 60 m , 21 controls, winning time 15 min,

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Overall World Cup: Results

See full overall World Cup results (individual) here.  Below the overall World Cup before the World Cup final weekend is shown.

In the unofficial sprint relay World Cup Denmark is the current leader with a 30 point lead over Sweden and a 50 point lead ahead of Switzerland (full results). Below the top teams are listed.

Mixed sprint relay

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Men

Rank Points Name Fed
1 758 Daniel  Hubmann SUI
2 403 Olav  Lundanes NOR
3 369 Fabian  Hertner SUI
4 362 Oleksandr  Kratov UKR
5 334 Matthias  Kyburz SUI
6 287 Jonas  Leandersson SWE
7 242 Gustav  Bergman SWE
8 231 Baptiste  Rollier SUI
9 208 Pasi  Ikonen FIN
10 203 Filip  Dahlgren SWE
11 193 Jerker  Lysell SWE
12 188 Timo  Sild EST
13 180 Magne  Daehli NOR
14 169 William  Lind SWE
15 161 Soren  Bobach DEN

Women

Rank Points Name Fed
1 789 Tove  Alexandersson SWE
2 520 Judith  Wyder SUI
3 398 Lena  Eliasson SWE
4 392 Helena  Jansson SWE
5 378 Nadiya  Volynska UKR
6 316 Maja  Moeller Alm DEN
7 263 Anastasiya  Tikhonova RUS
8 259 Ida  Bobach DEN
9 254 Julia  Gross SUI
10 236 Svetlana  Mironova RUS
11 223 Mari  Fasting NOR
12 220 Lilian  Forsgren SWE
13 218 Venla  Niemi FIN
14 209 Amelie  Chataing FRA
15 203 Sara  Luscher SUI

JWOC 2014: Maps, Results and Medal Overview

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 28 Jul 2014@5:00

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[Including full medal overview] 5 nations won gold medals at JWOC 2014 – Sweden, Norway, Finland, Switzerland and New Zealand – Sweden dominating the championships with 5 gold medals and 4 further medals. Another four nations won medals – Czech Republic, Italy, Poland and Denmark.

The men’s individual races were won by runners from three different nation

Sweden showed again that they have very strong junior orienteers – capable of performing on top level in very different terrain and in all disciplines. The most dominant athlete of the Junior World Championships in Bulgaria in 2014 was Swedish Sara Hagström with medals in all disciplines – of these all were gold except for the long distance which Hagström lost with 3 seconds to Gunvor Hov Høydal (Norway).

The men’s individual races were won by runners from three different nations; New Zealand (Tim Robertson, sprint), Finland (Miika Kirmula, middle) and Sweden (Anton Johansson, long). Sweden won the relay just as for the women.

See the complete medal overview below – and top 10 results for each discipline below the medal overview. Links to full results are included at the bottom of the article.

Terrain and courses

The terrain chosen for JWOC 2014 was very varied – and each well suited for the discipline (the exception might have been the sprint which was on the easy side). The long distance offered some very interesting route choice legs – along with some other technical challenges for the athletes. The middle distance was very technical in a terrain dominated by many contour details. The relay was easier technical – well suited for a relay. Maps for each discipline are included below in the discipline-wise results/maps overviews.

Medal overview
  • Sweden: 5 gold (Sara Hagström sprint & middle, Anton Johansson long, relay men & women), 2 silver (Assar Hellström long, Sara Hagström long), 2 bronze (Anton Johansson sprint, Andrea Svensson middle)
  • Norway: 1 gold (Gunvor Hov Høydal long), 2 silver (Heidi Mårtensson sprint, relay women)
  • Finland: 1 gold (Miika Kirmula middle), 2 bronze (Emmi Jokela long, Olli Ojanaho middle)
  • Switzerland: 1 gold (Sina Tommer middle), 2 bronze (relay men & women)
  • New Zealand: 1 gold (Tim Robertson sprint)
  • Czech Republic: 1 silver (relay men), 1 bronze (Marek Minar long)
  • Italy: 1 silver (Riccardo Scalet middle)
  • Poland: 1 silver (Piotr Parfianowicz sprint)
  • Denmark: 1 bronze (Miri Thrane Ødum sprint)
Sprint

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This shows how important the mental part of the equation is in a JWOC race

Although the JWOC sprint can be said to be one of the most open races in the Junior World Orienteering Championships – with all JWOC participants competing in one race without qualification race – all medalists in JWOC 2014 sprint were medalists from JWOC races in earlier years. This shows how important the mental part of the equation is in a JWOC race.

The men’s title was taken by Tim Robertson, New Zealand, bronze medallist in the corresponding race last year, and the women’s went to Sara Hagström, Sweden who beat last year’s champion Heidi Mårtensson (Norway) by 5 seconds. All three women’s medallists are previous medal-winners at JWOC; Sara Hagström took silver in last year’s Long race whilst bronze medallist in this race, Miri Thrane Ødum, Denmark was Middle distance champion last year. Sweden finished with three runners in the top six in the results. In the men’s race Tim Robertson was victorious by 6 seconds, with Piotr Parfianowicz, Poland, Long Distance champion at JWOC last year, in second place. Third was yet another name already well-known in JWOC circles: Anton Johansson, Sweden who was silver medallist in last year’s Middle race. [Read full story at orienteering.org]

Results men

1 142 Tim Robertson New Zealand 14:41 0:00

2 132 Piotr Parfianowicz Poland 14:47 +0:06

3 113 Anton Johansson Sweden 14:51 +0:10

4 13 Tristan Bloemen Belgium 14:53 +0:12

4 56 Aleksi Niemi Finland 14:53 +0:12

6 140 Miika Kirmula Finland 14:54 +0:13

7 47 Jonas Egger Switzerland 15:09 +0:28

8 19 Olli Ojanaho Finland 15:11 +0:30

8 158 Assar Hellstrom Sweden 15:11 +0:30

10 75 Algirdas Bartkevicius Lithuania 15:12 +0:31

Results women

1 271 Sara Hagstrom Sweden 13:15 0:00

2 245 Heidi Mårtensson Norway 13:20 +0:05

3 262 Miri Thrane Ødum Denmark 13:32 +0:17

4 325 Frida Sandberg Sweden 13:38 +0:23

5 299 Tilda Johansson Sweden 13:47 +0:32

6 304 Nicoline Friberg Klysner Denmark 13:48 +0:33

6 272 Runa Fremstad Norway 13:48 +0:33

8 246 Malin Leandersson Sweden 13:54 +0:39

9 257 Sandrine Mueller Switzerland 13:55 +0:40

10 296 Eliska Kulhavá Czech Republic 13:59 +0:44

Long

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The long distance was a big success for Sweden – winning 3 of 6 medals including Anton Johansson’s gold medal in the men’s class. Norway won their only gold medal at this year’s JWOC in the women’s class with Gunvor Hov Høydal. Czech Republic took a popular bronze medal with Marek Minar.

Interesting fact: The winning time on the women’s course was 13 minutes longer than the course planner’s estimate while the fastest men completed their course 5 minutes quicker than estimated.

[Read full story at orienteering.org]

Results men

1 117 Anton Johansson Sweden 1:15:17 0:00

2 120 Assar Hellstrom Sweden 1:16:18 +1:01

3 159 Marek Minár Czech Republic 1:18:45 +3:28

4 158 Ivan Kuchmenko Russia 1:19:36 +4:19

5 113 Olli Ojanaho Finland 1:19:39 +4:22

6 56 Miika Kirmula Finland 1:19:58 +4:41

7 154 Thor Nørskov Denmark 1:20:21 +5:04

8 109 Borger Melsom Norway 1:21:31 +6:14

9 152 Moritz Doellgast Germany 1:22:32 +7:15

10 157 Riccardo Scalet Italy 1:22:49 +7:32

Results women

1 281 Gunvor Hov Høydal Norway 1:08:15 0:00

2 298 Sara Hagstrom Sweden 1:08:18 +0:03

3 267 Emmi Jokela Finland 1:09:15 +1:00

4 269 Anna Haataja Finland 1:11:45 +3:30

5 299 Mathilde Rundhaug Norway 1:11:58 +3:43

6 302 Paula Gross Switzerland 1:13:15 +5:00

7 215 Sina Tommer Switzerland 1:13:31 +5:16

8 280 Sandrine Mueller Switzerland 1:14:26 +6:11

9 311 Frida Sandberg Sweden 1:15:30 +7:15

10 209 Heidi Mårtensson Norway 1:15:55 +7:40

Middle

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The middle distance race was the technically most challenging race in this year’s JWOC – held in terrain with many contour details. In the women’s class the gold medal was shared between the Queen of JWOC Swedish Sara Hagström and Swiss Sina Tommer. Swedish Andera Svensson finished third. The men’s class was won by Finnish Miika Kirmula with Italian Riccardo Scalet in second and Finnish Olli Ojanaho in third. In addition to the silver medal for Italy, three nations were particularly pleased to have achieved podium placings: Great Britain in the women’s race (Zoe Harding) and Austria and New Zealand in the men’s (Xander Berger and Nick Hann). [Read the full story at orienteering.org]

Results men

1 59 Miika Kirmula Finland 28:58 0:00

2 24 Riccardo Scalet Italy 30:19 +1:21

3 53 Olli Ojanaho Finland 30:29 +1:31

4 47 Xander Berger Austria 30:44 +1:46

5 43 Nick Hann New Zealand 30:47 +1:49

6 51 Jonas Egger Switzerland 30:50 +1:52

7 6 Konstantin Serebryanitsk Russia 31:33 +2:35

8 25 Rudolfs Zernis Latvia 31:36 +2:38

9 31 Dmitry Naumov Russia 32:02 +3:04

10 3 Nicolas Rio France 32:12 +3:14

Results women

1 206 Sina Tommer Switzerland 28:43 0:00

1 258 Sara Hagstrom Sweden 28:43 0:00

3 256 Andrea Svensson Sweden 29:56 +1:13

4 254 Tilda Johansson Sweden 30:01 +1:18

5 248 Gunvor Hov Høydal Norway 30:13 +1:30

6 250 Zoe Harding Great Britain 30:53 +2:10

7 255 Emmi Jokela Finland 31:58 +3:15

8 243 Miri Thrane Ødum Denmark 32:28 +3:45

9 241 Jannina Gustafsson Finland 32:33 +3:50

9 245 Sandrine Mueller Switzerland 32:33 +3:50

Relay

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The fight for gold in the women’s relay was a tight fight between Norway and Sweden which Sweden’s JWOC Queen Sara Hagström decided with 10 seconds. The gap down to Switzerland (actually the 2nd team) was around 6 minutes. In the men’s class several team were in the fight for gold – but in the end Sweden’s long distance gold medalist decided the race against Czech Republic’s long distance bronze medalist with 10 seconds. Switzerland was only 3 seconds behind in third spot. [Read the full story at orienteering.org]

Results men

1  Sweden 1 1:36:30

Assar Hellstrom 33:21

Simon Hector 31:04

Anton Johansson 32:05

2  Czech Republic 1 1:36:40

Ondrej Semík 33:24

Jonás Hubácek 31:06

Marek Minár 32:10

3  Switzerland 1 1:36:43

Jonas Egger 33:28

Tobia Pezzati 31:02

Sven Hellmueller 32:13

4  France 1 1:38:30

Arnaud Perrin 33:19

Loïc Marty 33:40

Nicolas Rio 31:31

5  Latvia 1 1:38:42

Mikus Purins 33:32

Alvis Reinsons 33:30

Rudolfs Zernis 31:40

—  Switzerland 2 1:38:59

Remo Ruch 32:58

Simon Wenger 33:12

Patrick Zbinden 32:49

6  New Zeland 1 1:39:05

Tim Robertson 33:02

Shamus Morrison 33:09

Nick Hann 32:54

Results women

1 Sweden 1 1:38:18

Tilda Johansson 33:31

Frida Sandberg 31:34

Sara Hagstrom 33:13

2  Norway 1 1:38:27

Heidi Mårtensson 32:43

Gunvor Hov Høydal 32:42

Mathilde Rundhaug 33:02

3  Switzerland 2 1:44:24

Paula Gross 35:46

Sina Tommer 34:53

Lisa Schubnell 33:45

— Switzerland 1 1:44:38

Ellen Reinhard 35:36

Lisa Holer 33:51

Sandrine Mueller 35:11

4  Ukraine 1 1:44:53

Daria Moskalenko 33:41

Olena Postelniak 34:11

Mariya Polishchuk 37:01

5  Finland 1 1:45:03

Jannina Gustafsson 33:39

Emmi Jokela 35:15

Annaq Haataja 36:09

6  France 1 1:46:08

Delphine Poirot 34:17

Chloé Haberkorn 34:54

Lauriane Beauvisage 36:57

See also:

WOC Middle Women: The Analysis

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 12 Jul 2014@5:00

There were three runners who had the speed to win the WOC middle distance – Annika Billstam, Ida Bobach and Tove Alexandersson. In the following analysis we go through where the women’s race was decided.

There were made a lot of mistakes in the women’s class, even among the top finishers – just as for the men. The course setter Cristian Bellotto comments about the winning times: - I was a bit unhappy that the winning times were around 3 minutes longer than estimated, but I did not think they would do so many mistakes. “Superman” in the split times [the sum of the best split times on all legs] runs exactly the estimated time for both men and women.

As for the men’s course, the course had four distinctly different parts – each discussed separately below. The build-up of this article is the same as for the men. It can be an advantage to read the men’s analysis before as there are some references to the men’s analysis in this article.

This analysis is made in cooperation with WOC2014 by Jan Kocbach and Stefano Raus. A modified version will be published in the WOC magazine. Note that the GPS-data was very variable for this race, and therefore there is not GPS-data shown for all legs.

Part 1: The open karst forest

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The first part until control 5 which was quite open, stony typical karst forest. The challenge here was to keep high speed while finding the good runable places and simplify the orienteering. Lizzie Ingham mastered this part of the course best – being at the lead at control 5 in 10:03 – 2 seconds ahead of Ida Bobach. Heidi Bagstevold, Tove Alexandersson and Tone Wigemyr were closest.

Annika Billstam and Helena Jansson lost some time in this area – they are 45/47 seconds behind Ingham at control 5. Mari Fasting loses 1:30 and is caught by Ida Bobach already at the 3rd control. They run together for the rest of the course. From the split times it looks like they were changing the lead.

There are some legs with interesting route choices in this area. The leg to control 3 is where Billstam loses a lot of time. She runs down to the road – losing 43 seconds to Tove Alexandersson who runs straight. Sarina Jenzer runs up and loses 3:15. Ida Bobach runs direct and loses nearly half a minute.

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To control direct is still the best choice – but this time Alexandersson chooses to run down to the road – losing more than half a minute. Billstam runs a middle variant in the slope, losing nearly as much time as Alexandersson.

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Part 2: The dense, technical part

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The second part of the course is the technical part (control 5 to 8). Dense vegetation, difficult to keep the direction, requires very careful orienteering and stopping to relocate if you lose track of where you are. This was the most decisive part of the race for the men, but the women barely touched this area – having overall an easier course.

Tove Alexandersson was best in this part of the course – 5 seconds ahead of Annika Billstam. Ida Bobach loses half a minute. Ingham – the leader after the first part – loses 2:27 and with that many places on the final results. Tone Wigemyr loses 3:31 in this part of the course.

Part 3: The steep good runable part

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The third part of the course is the steep part from control 8 until the arena passage. It consists of one long routechoice leg and two shorter legs with TV control and an easy control down to the arena.

Fastest in this part is Ida Bobach. Billstam loses 13 seconds – Alexandersson 37 seconds. As for the men, the long leg was the most important in this part of the course. The leg was the same as for the men – and again the best route choice was going to the right and using the track on the top of the hill. Bobach and Billstam chose this variant. Alexandersson chose to run to the left – losing more than 45 seconds to Bobach. Helena Jansson also ran left and lost even more time.

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Part 4: The fast part – but with technical challenges

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The fourth and last part of the course (from control 11 to the finish) is the fastest part – partly on open meadows and partly in quite good runnable forest. The tough uphill after the arena passage makes the controls right after the arena passage extra challenging. Also the long leg to control 14 is challenging.

Going into this part, Ida Bobach is in the lead ahead of Tove Alexandersson with Annika Billstam in third. Annika Billstam is clearly fastest in this part of the course – winning it with 22 seconds ahead of Sara Lüscher – with this deciding the World Championships middle distance in her favour. Bobach loses 53 seconds to Billstam in this part of the course – running faster than Billstam the first two controls after the arena passing, but then missing the 14th control (see below) with more than one minute. Alexandersson also loses nearly 40 seconds to Billstam – losing all of the time (and more) to the first control after the arena passing (control 12) – a quite easy control at the edge of the meadow.

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Summary: The runner with fewest mistakes won

Annika Billstam, Tove Alexandersson, Ida Bobach and Lizzie Ingham won one of the terrain parts each. As for the men, the winner in this varied middle distance course was the runner who proved that she mastered all the different terrain types, Annika Billstam. She did not have the highest speed, but except for the non-optimal routechoices early in the course, Billstam did an excellent technical race. Ida had problems in the last part of the race which Alexandersson did several small mistakes in all parts of the race.

See also the main article from the WOC 2014 Middle distance which gives full results, links to full maps and GPS-tracking.

WOC Middle Men: The Analysis

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 12 Jul 2014@5:00

There were five runners who had the speed to win the WOC middle distance – Daniel Hubmann, Thierry Gueorgiou, Olav Lundanes, Fabian Hertner and Oleksandr Kratov. In the following analysis we go through where the race was decided – and why Lundanes was on top after 5.9 km with 290 meters climb.

The course setter Cristian Bellotto comments about the course: - I tried to make a course where the runners needed to use different techniques to give the runners a mix of different challenges. This worked well today. Some people had problems when they had to change type of orienteering.

The course had four distinctly different parts – each discussed separately below. The build-up of this article is the same as for the women.

This analysis is made in cooperation with WOC2014 by Jan Kocbach and Stefano Raus. A modified version will be published in the WOC magazine. Note that the GPS-data was very variable for this race, and therefore there is not GPS-data shown for all legs.

Part 1: The open karst forest

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The first part until control 4 which was quite open, stony typical karst forest. The challenge here was to keep high speed while finding the good runable places and simplify the orienteering. Oleksandr Kratov mastered this part best, building up a 24 second lead on Olav Lundanes who was second at this place in the course. Lauri Sild, Baptiste Rollier, Andreas Kyburz and Daniel Hubmann also mastered this part very well.

Hertner had more problems – he was already 49 seconds behind at the 4th control. In the end Hertner was only 18 seconds from gold – this first part was crucial for him. Several other outsiders lost up to 2 minutes in this part (e.g. Valentin Novikov, Carl Godager Kaas and more).

Thierry Gueorgiou also had problems in this part – losing 41 seconds (in 7th place).

Part 2: The dense, technical part

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The second part of the course is the technical part (control 4 to 9). Dense vegetation, difficult to keep the direction, requires very careful orienteering and stopping to relocate if you lose track of where you are. This was the most decisive part of the race were many runners lost a lot of time. Olav Lundanes was best in this part (10:00), closely followed by Oleksandr Kratov and Fabian Hertner. However even Lundanes lost 21 seconds to control 8 and 13 seconds to control 9 – so this was a very tricky area which nobody really mastered.

A runner which really didn’t master this area was Daniel Hubmann. He lost 3:52 to Olav Lundanes between control 4 and 9 – losing time on all controls.  This is nearly all the time Hubmann is behind the gold medal at the end of the race. From control 9 to the finish, Hubmann beats Olav Lundanes. Gustav Bergman has also problems in this part of the course – losing 1:47 to Lundanes.  Valentin Novikov also has problems in this part of the course – losing 3:33 to Lundanes, so has Pasi Ikonen losing 4:20. Edgars Bertuks has the biggest problems, losing 6:16 – of those 3:47 only on control 6.

The most crucial was of course Thierry Gueorgiou who forgot to take the 6th control. Actually Gueorgiou orienteered directly from control 6 to 7 when he was at control number 5. He noticed that it was far to the big path, but in this dense type of terrain it is not always easy to judge distances. So when he came to the path, he was at the wrong place, and used some time to relocate and find control 7. He did not understand that he had skipped the 6th control after being told in the finish.

Part 3: The steep good runable part

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The third part of the course is the steep part from control 9 until the arena passage. It consists of one long routechoice leg and two shorter legs with TV control and an easy control down to the arena.

Daniel Hubmann mastered this part best – winning this part with 24 seconds ahead of Gustav Bergman and Carl Godager Kaas. Olav Lundanes was 4th fastest in this part – best of the medal winners – losing 36 seconds to Hubmann.  Kratov lost 10 seconds to Lundanes – Hertner lost 25 seconds to Lundanes. Baptiste Rollier loses more than a minute to Hubmann on this part (between control 9 and 12) – this is more than he is behind the medals.

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The most important leg of this part is the long leg to number 10 (see below; note that there is a new large path on top of the hill on the runners’ map which is not on the online maps – the competition maps had to be reprinted with this new path on one week ahead of the competition). Here Hubmann takes the correct route choice – running to the right and using the path on the top of the hill. Lundanes runs approximately the same route, but more S-shape – losing most of the time in the steep uphill. Hertner runs left and loses 48 seconds to Hubmann. Bergman as always tries to run the way birds fly, and on this leg this is a bit too tough.

Part 4: The fast part – but with technical challenges

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The fourth and last part of the course (from control 12 to the finish) is the fastest part – partly on open meadows and partly in quite good runnable forest. The tough uphill after the arena passage makes the controls right after the arena passage extra challenging. Also the long leg to control 15 is challenging.

Fabian Hertner is fastest in this part of the course – running it in 12:34 – 21 seconds ahead of Andreas Kyburz. Lundanes is third – losing 33 seconds to Hertner. Kratov loses 1:16 –  of those 44 seconds are on the leg to control 15 – and with that he loses the gold medal.  Hubmann loses a lot of time also in this part of the course – 1:17 to Hertner – most of it on the leg to control 15 due to a mistake in the control circle.

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The most decisive leg in this part is the long leg to number 15 (see below). Here Hertner is fastest taking a route where he goes down in the slope. Lundanes loses only 6 seconds – going a bit further down on the last part of the leg. Kratov and Bergman both go up and lose between 30 and 45 seconds.  Kratov loses time both in the first part of the leg where he does not find areas with good runnability and in the control circle where he gets insecure. Bergman loses time in the last half of the leg.

Summary: The best runner won

Oleksandr Kratov, Olav Lundanes, Daniel Hubmann and Fabian Hertner won one of the terrain parts each. The winner in this very varied middle distance course was the runner who proved that he mastered all the different terrain types, Olav Lundanes. Daniel Hubmann finished without a medal after having too big problems in the most technical part. Oleksandr Kratov had too big problems in the last part – and Hertner had problems in the most technical part.

See also the main article from the WOC 2014 Middle distance which gives full results, links to full maps and GPS-tracking.

WOC Long 2014 Women: The BIG analysis

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 10 Jul 2014@8:00

Svetlana Mironova decides the race by running a technically good race in the first part of the course – and executing the long legs very well. Wyder makes too many mistakes – Alexandersson does not have her normal speed after stomach problems, and also does some small mistakes.

Mistakes are more decisive for the medals than route choices  - although both Wyder and Alexandersson lose more than the time they are behind Mironova on the long leg to control 12 by taking a non-optimal route choice (going left instead of taking the road around – Mironova has however also not picked the best route here).

Mironova makes a good technical race in the first part of the race – and builds up a lead which is large enough to endure some time losses on the last loop

This analysis is made by Jan Kocbach and Stefano Raus. It is based on a shortened version of the analysis written for the online WOC 2014 magazine.

Summary of decisive points
  • Mironova makes a good technical race in the first part of the race – and builds up a lead which is large enough to endure some time losses on the last loop. Alexandersson however comes closer and closer in the end.
  • Alexandersson is probably not 100% fit after her stomach problems – at least she is not as strong as she usually is in the physical parts of the course. A mistake at control 9 and a mistake at the control after the arena passage along with the non-optimal route choice to control 12 costs Alexandersson too much time to take the gold medal with her current shape.
  • Wyder makes a mistake at the second control and loses nearly 1:30. She also loses nearly a minute on the long leg to the 4th control (partly due to wrong routechoice) and again on the long leg to the 12th control due to non-optimal route choice. The rest of the race she has mostly the speed and technique for gold.
WOMEN: S-1

The women’s course starts with four short legs with middle distance characteristics.  The first control is a short, technical control. Wyder starts well – Alexandersson is 14 seconds behind and Mironova  15 seconds behind.  The two Norwegians Rønning Sund and Fasting have slow starts – Fasting losing 17 seconds and Rønning Sund 23 seconds.

WOMEN: S-1 (Legtimes)

1. Wyder Judith (3rd) 1:46 +0:00
2. Eliasson Lena (22nd) 1:52 +0:06
3. Taylor Catherine (19th) 1:54 +0:08
4. Orr Hollie (65th) 1:56 +0:10
5. Alexandersson Tove (2nd) 2:00 +0:14
6. Bobach Ida (10th) 2:00 +0:14
7. Mironova Svetlana (1st) 2:01 +0:15
8. Gross Julia (17th) 2:02 +0:16
9. Billstam Annika (6th) 2:03 +0:17
10. Fasting Mari (4th) 2:03 +0:17
12. Wigemyr Tone (7th) 2:03 +0:17
15. Haajanen Sofia (9th) 2:05 +0:19
22. Ronning Sund Goril (5th) 2:09 +0:23
23. Jenzer Sarina (8th) 2:11 +0:25
WOMEN: S-1 (Total times)

1. Wyder Judith 1:46 +0:00
2. Eliasson Lena 1:52 +0:06
3. Taylor Catherine 1:54 +0:08
4. Orr Hollie 1:56 +0:10
5. Alexandersson Tove 2:00 +0:14
6. Bobach Ida 2:00 +0:14
7. Mironova Svetlana 2:01 +0:15
8. Gross Julia 2:02 +0:16
9. Billstam Annika 2:03 +0:17
10. Fasting Mari 2:03 +0:17
12. Wigemyr Tone 2:03 +0:17
15. Haajanen Sofia 2:05 +0:19
22. Ronning Sund Goril 2:09 +0:23
23. Jenzer Sarina 2:11 +0:25
WOMEN: 1-2

Another short, technical control. All medalists do well – but Fasting has an inaccurate direction at the middle of the leg and loses time – 23 seconds to Mironova here. Bobach and Hajanen also lose more than 30 seconds here – tricky start!

WOMEN: 1-2 (Legtimes)

1. Eliasson Lena (22nd) 1:51 +0:00
2. Mironova Svetlana (1st) 1:54 +0:03
3. Ronning Sund Goril (5th) 1:54 +0:03
4. Rihma Annika (33rd) 1:54 +0:03
5. Wyder Judith (3rd) 1:55 +0:04
6. Anttonen Sari (16th) 1:58 +0:07
7. Alexandersson Tove (2nd) 2:00 +0:09
8. Billstam Annika (6th) 2:02 +0:11
9. Gross Julia (17th) 2:04 +0:13
10. Pauzaite Sandra (34th) 2:04 +0:13
11. Jenzer Sarina (8th) 2:04 +0:13
18. Wigemyr Tone (7th) 2:12 +0:21
25. Fasting Mari (4th) 2:17 +0:26
38. Bobach Ida (10th) 2:25 +0:34
42. Haajanen Sofia (9th) 2:27 +0:36
WOMEN: 1-2 (Total times)

1. Wyder Judith 3:41 +0:00
2. Eliasson Lena 3:43 +0:02
3. Mironova Svetlana 3:55 +0:14
4. Alexandersson Tove 4:00 +0:19
5. Anttonen Sari 4:02 +0:21
6. Ronning Sund Goril 4:03 +0:22
7. Billstam Annika 4:05 +0:24
8. Gross Julia 4:06 +0:25
9. Orr Hollie 4:06 +0:25
10. Pauzaite Sandra 4:07 +0:26
13. Jenzer Sarina 4:15 +0:34
14. Wigemyr Tone 4:15 +0:34
18. Fasting Mari 4:20 +0:39
22. Bobach Ida 4:25 +0:44
30. Haajanen Sofia 4:32 +0:51
WOMEN: 2-3

Another short leg – this time Wyder does a big mistake – losing 1:14 to Alexandersson – she is now down in 22nd place at +0:58. Wigemyr, Fasting and Hajaanen also lose more than 30 seconds here.

WOMEN: 2-3 (Legtimes)

1. Bobach Ida (10th) 1:59 +0:00
2. Alexandersson Tove (2nd) 2:02 +0:03
3. Anttonen Sari (16th) 2:02 +0:03
4. Mironova Svetlana (1st) 2:04 +0:05
5. Jenzer Sarina (8th) 2:06 +0:07
6. Allston Hanny (13th) 2:06 +0:07
7. Billstam Annika (6th) 2:08 +0:09
8. Kinni Saila (11th) 2:08 +0:09
9. Brodmann Ines (12th) 2:09 +0:10
10. Klingenberg Emma (32nd) 2:10 +0:11
11. Ronning Sund Goril (5th) 2:11 +0:12
35. Wigemyr Tone (7th) 2:36 +0:37
41. Fasting Mari (4th) 2:43 +0:44
52. Wyder Judith (3rd) 3:16 +1:17
54. Haajanen Sofia (9th) 3:25 +1:26
WOMEN: 2-3 (Total times)

1. Mironova Svetlana 5:59 +0:00
2. Alexandersson Tove 6:02 +0:03
3. Anttonen Sari 6:04 +0:05
4. Eliasson Lena 6:05 +0:06
5. Billstam Annika 6:13 +0:14
6. Ronning Sund Goril 6:14 +0:15
7. Jenzer Sarina 6:21 +0:22
8. Bobach Ida 6:24 +0:25
9. Kinni Saila 6:24 +0:25
10. Allston Hanny 6:27 +0:28
18. Wigemyr Tone 6:51 +0:52
22. Wyder Judith 6:57 +0:58
25. Fasting Mari 7:03 +1:04
45. Haajanen Sofia 7:57 +1:58
WOMEN: 3-4

An easier short leg – all runners in the top manage this leg well.

WOMEN: 3-4 (Legtimes)

1. Alexandersson Tove (2nd) 1:21 +0:00
2. Eliasson Lena (22nd) 1:21 +0:00
3. Bobach Ida (10th) 1:22 +0:01
4. Rihma Annika (33rd) 1:22 +0:01
5. Wyder Judith (3rd) 1:23 +0:02
6. Ronning Sund Goril (5th) 1:24 +0:03
7. Taylor Catherine (19th) 1:25 +0:04
8. Lajn Daria (27th) 1:25 +0:04
9. Wigemyr Tone (7th) 1:26 +0:05
10. Mironova Svetlana (1st) 1:27 +0:06
15. Fasting Mari (4th) 1:30 +0:09
16. Haajanen Sofia (9th) 1:30 +0:09
17. Jenzer Sarina (8th) 1:31 +0:10
28. Billstam Annika (6th) 1:36 +0:15
WOMEN: 3-4 (Total times)

1. Alexandersson Tove 7:23 +0:00
2. Eliasson Lena 7:26 +0:03
3. Mironova Svetlana 7:26 +0:03
4. Anttonen Sari 7:31 +0:08
5. Ronning Sund Goril 7:38 +0:15
6. Bobach Ida 7:46 +0:23
7. Billstam Annika 7:49 +0:26
8. Jenzer Sarina 7:52 +0:29
9. Kinni Saila 7:57 +0:34
10. Taylor Catherine 8:03 +0:40
17. Wigemyr Tone 8:17 +0:54
18. Wyder Judith 8:20 +0:57
22. Fasting Mari 8:33 +1:10
42. Haajanen Sofia 9:27 +2:04
WOMEN: 4-5

The long leg to control 5 is very similar to the men’s 4th leg. For the men Fasting’s route was fastest (run by Gueorgiou and Hertner) – whereas Mironova/Alexandersson’s route (run by Lundanes) was similar in time when disregarding the difference in execution of the route by Lundanes versus Gueorgiou. A similar trend is seen for the women. The two different variants are within 8 seconds.

Wyder and Rønning use more road (similar to Jerker Lysell in the men’s class), and Wyder loses nearly a minute while Rønning loses nearly 2 minutes (see illustration for Rønning Sund).  The reason for Wyder’s choice might be the big mistake on the control before – to gain some security again. Some of Wyder’s time loss is  out of the control – it looks like she first wants to run the alternative of Fasting; it could however also be due to a wrong direction out of the control.

At this point in the course Rønning Sund is 2:08 behind Mironova – after 11.0 km at the end of the race this is only 46 seconds more. Thus a bad start for the Norwegian. Note that  Bobach loses 3 minutes with a more direct route which has far too much climb.

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WOMEN: 4-5 (Legtimes)

1. Mironova Svetlana (1st) 13:16 +0:00
2. Alexandersson Tove (2nd) 13:17 +0:01
3. Fasting Mari (4th) 13:24 +0:08
4. Billstam Annika (6th) 13:26 +0:10
5. Allston Hanny (13th) 13:50 +0:34
6. Jenzer Sarina (8th) 13:58 +0:42
7. Haajanen Sofia (9th) 13:59 +0:43
8. Wigemyr Tone (7th) 14:00 +0:44
9. Wyder Judith (3rd) 14:13 +0:57
10. Zverinova Martina (23rd) 14:19 +1:03
22. Ronning Sund Goril (5th) 15:12 +1:56
38. Bobach Ida (10th) 16:22 +3:06
WOMEN: 4-5 (Total times)

1. Alexandersson Tove 20:40 +0:00
2. Mironova Svetlana 20:42 +0:02
3. Billstam Annika 21:15 +0:35
4. Jenzer Sarina 21:50 +1:10
5. Anttonen Sari 21:53 +1:13
6. Fasting Mari 21:57 +1:17
7. Allston Hanny 21:58 +1:18
8. Eliasson Lena 21:58 +1:18
9. Wigemyr Tone 22:17 +1:37
10. Wyder Judith 22:33 +1:53
13. Ronning Sund Goril 22:50 +2:10
17. Haajanen Sofia 23:26 +2:46
25. Bobach Ida 24:08 +3:28
WOMEN: 5-6

A short leg were most of the top runners do well – this is not as technical as in the start. Wyder is however in a bad period and loses 17 seconds – now down in 10th place at +2:06.

WOMEN: 5-6 (Legtimes)

1. Haajanen Sofia (9th) 1:49 +0:00
2. Mironova Svetlana (1st) 1:51 +0:02
3. Allston Hanny (13th) 1:52 +0:03
4. Klingenberg Emma (32nd) 1:54 +0:05
5. Bobach Ida (10th) 1:56 +0:07
6. Fasting Mari (4th) 1:58 +0:09
7. Ronning Sund Goril (5th) 1:58 +0:09
8. Lajn Daria (27th) 1:58 +0:09
9. Kadan Ursula (15th) 1:58 +0:09
10. Ward Claire (29th) 1:59 +0:10
12. Alexandersson Tove (2nd) 2:01 +0:12
13. Wigemyr Tone (7th) 2:01 +0:12
14. Billstam Annika (6th) 2:02 +0:13
16. Jenzer Sarina (8th) 2:03 +0:14
23. Wyder Judith (3rd) 2:06 +0:17
WOMEN: 5-6 (Total times)

1. Mironova Svetlana 22:33 +0:00
2. Alexandersson Tove 22:41 +0:08
3. Billstam Annika 23:17 +0:44
4. Allston Hanny 23:50 +1:17
5. Jenzer Sarina 23:53 +1:20
6. Fasting Mari 23:55 +1:22
7. Eliasson Lena 24:01 +1:28
8. Anttonen Sari 24:02 +1:29
9. Wigemyr Tone 24:18 +1:45
10. Wyder Judith 24:39 +2:06
13. Ronning Sund Goril 24:48 +2:15
16. Haajanen Sofia 25:15 +2:42
23. Bobach Ida 26:04 +3:31
WOMEN: 6-7

Another short leg which is not too tricky – all top runners manage well.

WOMEN: 6-7 (Legtimes)

1. Wigemyr Tone (7th) 2:17 +0:00
2. Jenzer Sarina (8th) 2:18 +0:01
3. Wyder Judith (3rd) 2:20 +0:03
4. Dambe Inga (18th) 2:22 +0:05
5. Alexandersson Tove (2nd) 2:23 +0:06
6. Eliasson Lena (22nd) 2:23 +0:06
7. Haajanen Sofia (9th) 2:23 +0:06
8. Mironova Svetlana (1st) 2:24 +0:07
9. Fasting Mari (4th) 2:24 +0:07
10. Zverinova Martina (23rd) 2:25 +0:08
12. Billstam Annika (6th) 2:26 +0:09
14. Bobach Ida (10th) 2:30 +0:13
15. Ronning Sund Goril (5th) 2:32 +0:15
WOMEN: 6-7 (Total times)

1. Mironova Svetlana 24:57 +0:00
2. Alexandersson Tove 25:04 +0:07
3. Billstam Annika 25:43 +0:46
4. Jenzer Sarina 26:11 +1:14
5. Fasting Mari 26:19 +1:22
6. Eliasson Lena 26:24 +1:27
7. Wigemyr Tone 26:35 +1:38
8. Allston Hanny 26:38 +1:41
9. Anttonen Sari 26:48 +1:51
10. Wyder Judith 26:59 +2:02
12. Ronning Sund Goril 27:20 +2:23
15. Haajanen Sofia 27:38 +2:41
19. Bobach Ida 28:34 +3:37
WOMEN: 7-8

This is again a quite short, easy leg – but many women do mistakes here. Mironova loses 42 seconds to Alexandersson and 35 seconds to Wyder – her second biggest time loss. Now Alexandersson is in the lead for the first and last time in the competition.

Several other women who finish top 10 lose 30 seconds or more.

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WOMEN: 7-8 (Legtimes)

1. Alexandersson Tove (2nd) 2:24 +0:00
2. Wyder Judith (3rd) 2:31 +0:07
3. Wigemyr Tone (7th) 2:40 +0:16
4. Bobach Ida (10th) 2:40 +0:16
5. Eliasson Lena (22nd) 2:43 +0:19
6. Kadan Ursula (15th) 2:44 +0:20
7. Gross Julia (17th) 2:44 +0:20
8. Dambe Inga (18th) 2:45 +0:21
9. Orr Hollie (65th) 2:48 +0:24
10. Omova Michaela (20th) 2:50 +0:26
15. Billstam Annika (6th) 2:54 +0:30
20. Jenzer Sarina (8th) 3:00 +0:36
22. Haajanen Sofia (9th) 3:00 +0:36
26. Mironova Svetlana (1st) 3:06 +0:42
27. Ronning Sund Goril (5th) 3:06 +0:42
28. Fasting Mari (4th) 3:07 +0:43
WOMEN: 7-8 (Total times)

1. Alexandersson Tove 27:28 +0:00
2. Mironova Svetlana 28:03 +0:35
3. Billstam Annika 28:37 +1:09
4. Eliasson Lena 29:07 +1:39
5. Jenzer Sarina 29:11 +1:43
6. Wigemyr Tone 29:15 +1:47
7. Fasting Mari 29:26 +1:58
8. Wyder Judith 29:30 +2:02
9. Allston Hanny 29:38 +2:10
10. Anttonen Sari 29:47 +2:19
13. Ronning Sund Goril 30:26 +2:58
15. Haajanen Sofia 30:38 +3:10
17. Bobach Ida 31:14 +3:46
WOMEN: 8-9

A medium long route choice leg where you can either go direct or use the road to the right. Note that 6 runners are faster than the ones shown here – Ida Bobach being the fastest at 5:23 (20 seconds ahead of Mironova). All these 6 runners run direct with better execution than Mironova. Thus direct is the fastest option – but note how Alexandersson makes a one minute mistake when going direct, losing 1:22 to Bobach.

Fasting chooses a hybrid between direct and right and loses 50 seconds to Mironova and more than a minute to Bobach. Billstam runs direct and makes  a mistake into the control – losing 1:50 on this leg.  Before this control Billstam was in third position – now she falls down to 9th. This was a tricky leg for many runners.

WOMEN: 8-9 (Legtimes)

1. Bobach Ida (10th) 5:23 +0:00
2. Taylor Catherine (19th) 5:28 +0:05
3. Haajanen Sofia (9th) 5:30 +0:07
4. Gross Julia (17th) 5:31 +0:08
5. Brodmann Ines (12th) 5:36 +0:13
6. Tikhonova Anastasiya (31st) 5:40 +0:17
7. Mironova Svetlana (1st) 5:43 +0:20
8. Ronning Sund Goril (5th) 5:47 +0:24
9. Wyder Judith (3rd) 5:49 +0:26
10. Dambe Inga (18th) 5:49 +0:26
21. Wigemyr Tone (7th) 6:04 +0:41
26. Jenzer Sarina (8th) 6:16 +0:53
31. Fasting Mari (4th) 6:31 +1:08
37. Alexandersson Tove (2nd) 6:45 +1:22
47. Billstam Annika (6th) 7:13 +1:50
WOMEN: 8-9 (Total times)

1. Mironova Svetlana 33:46 +0:00
2. Alexandersson Tove 34:13 +0:27
3. Wigemyr Tone 35:19 +1:33
4. Wyder Judith 35:19 +1:33
5. Jenzer Sarina 35:27 +1:41
6. Allston Hanny 35:33 +1:47
7. Brodmann Ines 35:41 +1:55
8. Anttonen Sari 35:45 +1:59
9. Billstam Annika 35:50 +2:04
10. Fasting Mari 35:57 +2:11
11. Haajanen Sofia 36:08 +2:22
12. Ronning Sund Goril 36:13 +2:27
14. Bobach Ida 36:37 +2:51
WOMEN: 9-10

A short leg which was not very decisive for the race – note however that Fasting again loses nearly 30 seconds.  Fasting is now 10th at +2:11. The medalists are now Top 3 in correct order – Mironova ahead of Alexandersson and Wyder (Wigemyr however shares the third place with Wyder at this point in the course).

WOMEN: 9-10 (Legtimes)

1. Taylor Catherine (19th) 1:24 +0:00
2. Depta Monika (41st) 1:27 +0:03
3. Omova Michaela (20th) 1:30 +0:06
4. Eliasson Lena (22nd) 1:30 +0:06
5. Mironova Svetlana (1st) 1:31 +0:07
6. Brodmann Ines (12th) 1:32 +0:08
7. Dodin Celine (35th) 1:34 +0:10
8. Allston Hanny (13th) 1:35 +0:11
9. Ronning Sund Goril (5th) 1:36 +0:12
10. Gyurko Fanni (28th) 1:36 +0:12
13. Wyder Judith (3rd) 1:37 +0:13
14. Billstam Annika (6th) 1:37 +0:13
16. Jenzer Sarina (8th) 1:39 +0:15
23. Alexandersson Tove (2nd) 1:43 +0:19
24. Wigemyr Tone (7th) 1:43 +0:19
25. Bobach Ida (10th) 1:43 +0:19
32. Haajanen Sofia (9th) 1:46 +0:22
39. Fasting Mari (4th) 1:52 +0:28
WOMEN: 9-10 (Total times)

1. Mironova Svetlana 35:17 +0:00
2. Alexandersson Tove 35:56 +0:39
3. Wyder Judith 36:56 +1:39
4. Wigemyr Tone 37:02 +1:45
5. Jenzer Sarina 37:06 +1:49
6. Allston Hanny 37:08 +1:51
7. Brodmann Ines 37:13 +1:56
8. Billstam Annika 37:27 +2:10
9. Anttonen Sari 37:45 +2:28
10. Fasting Mari 37:49 +2:32
11. Ronning Sund Goril 37:49 +2:32
12. Haajanen Sofia 37:54 +2:37
14. Bobach Ida 38:20 +3:03
WOMEN: 10-11

A short leg which does not give big problems for the top runners – note however how Rønning Sund loses 21 seconds. The GPS of Alexandersson does not work well just here. Tove Alexandersson is now at +34 seconds and still very much in contact with Mironova.

WOMEN: 10-11 (Legtimes)

1. Billstam Annika (6th) 1:31 +0:00
2. Fasting Mari (4th) 1:34 +0:03
3. Haajanen Sofia (9th) 1:35 +0:04
4. Alexandersson Tove (2nd) 1:36 +0:05
5. Brodmann Ines (12th) 1:36 +0:05
6. Zverinova Martina (23rd) 1:36 +0:05
7. Taylor Catherine (19th) 1:36 +0:05
8. Wyder Judith (3rd) 1:38 +0:07
9. Gyurko Fanni (28th) 1:39 +0:08
10. Jurenikova Eva (21st) 1:40 +0:09
11. Mironova Svetlana (1st) 1:41 +0:10
12. Wigemyr Tone (7th) 1:41 +0:10
28. Jenzer Sarina (8th) 1:47 +0:16
29. Bobach Ida (10th) 1:47 +0:16
38. Ronning Sund Goril (5th) 1:52 +0:21
WOMEN: 10-11 (Total times)

1. Mironova Svetlana 36:58 +0:00
2. Alexandersson Tove 37:32 +0:34
3. Wyder Judith 38:34 +1:36
4. Wigemyr Tone 38:43 +1:45
5. Brodmann Ines 38:49 +1:51
6. Allston Hanny 38:50 +1:52
7. Jenzer Sarina 38:53 +1:55
8. Billstam Annika 38:58 +2:00
9. Fasting Mari 39:23 +2:25
10. Haajanen Sofia 39:29 +2:31
12. Ronning Sund Goril 39:41 +2:43
14. Bobach Ida 40:07 +3:09
WOMEN: 11-12

The long leg from 11 to 12 is similar to the men’s long leg to the 15th control, but going the opposite way. This leg however has bigger differences than the men’s, and is in this regard more interesting. The fastest option here is to start following the road and then going straight to the control like Kadan/Jurenikova do. Mironova takes an even safer route – going around to the right – losing only a few seconds to Kadan/Jurenikova. The last climb into the control is very steep and slow on Mironova’s route – and Rønning taking the same route loses 50 seconds on this route.

Alexandersson and Wyder both chose routes to the left which have more climb – this was the course setters favourite. Note however how both Alexandersson and Wyder lose significant time here – 42 seconds and 1:13 respectively. The main reason for the time loss is that it is slow in the middle of the leg (see illustration comparing Wyder and Mironova below) – both due to stones and due to climb.

With this long leg, Mironova is starting to build up a safe gap down to Alexandersson – now at 1:09. Wyder is now at +2:42. Jenzer runs this leg well (following Mironova’s route) and is up in third position overall.

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WOMEN: 11-12 (Legtimes)

1. Kadan Ursula (15th) 10:15 +0:00
2. Jurenikova Eva (21st) 10:18 +0:03
3. Mironova Svetlana (1st) 10:22 +0:07
4. Jenzer Sarina (8th) 10:42 +0:27
5. Wigemyr Tone (7th) 10:53 +0:38
6. Eliasson Lena (22nd) 10:54 +0:39
7. Alexandersson Tove (2nd) 10:57 +0:42
8. Fasting Mari (4th) 11:01 +0:46
9. Omova Michaela (20th) 11:04 +0:49
10. Ronning Sund Goril (5th) 11:08 +0:53
13. Billstam Annika (6th) 11:22 +1:07
17. Wyder Judith (3rd) 11:28 +1:13
19. Bobach Ida (10th) 11:34 +1:19
24. Haajanen Sofia (9th) 11:45 +1:30
WOMEN: 11-12 (Total times)

1. Mironova Svetlana 47:20 +0:00
2. Alexandersson Tove 48:29 +1:09
3. Jenzer Sarina 49:35 +2:15
4. Wigemyr Tone 49:36 +2:16
5. Wyder Judith 50:02 +2:42
6. Brodmann Ines 50:15 +2:55
7. Billstam Annika 50:20 +3:00
8. Fasting Mari 50:24 +3:04
9. Ronning Sund Goril 50:49 +3:29
10. Anttonen Sari 50:50 +3:30
11. Haajanen Sofia 51:14 +3:54
14. Bobach Ida 51:41 +4:21
WOMEN: 12-13

A short leg where Mironova makes another mistake – losing 28 seconds to the best time of Wyder. Alexandersson also loses 11 seconds. With a time loss also for Jenzer, Wigemyr is up in bronze position.

WOMEN: 12-13 (Legtimes)

1. Wyder Judith (3rd) 0:54 +0:00
2. Billstam Annika (6th) 0:58 +0:04
3. Dambe Inga (18th) 1:00 +0:06
4. Arniece Liga (39th) 1:00 +0:06
5. Taylor Catherine (19th) 1:01 +0:07
6. Allston Hanny (13th) 1:02 +0:08
7. Gyurko Fanni (28th) 1:02 +0:08
8. Haajanen Sofia (9th) 1:03 +0:09
9. Brodmann Ines (12th) 1:04 +0:10
10. Alexandersson Tove (2nd) 1:05 +0:11
13. Ronning Sund Goril (5th) 1:06 +0:12
14. Bobach Ida (10th) 1:06 +0:12
20. Wigemyr Tone (7th) 1:08 +0:14
21. Fasting Mari (4th) 1:08 +0:14
40. Jenzer Sarina (8th) 1:18 +0:24
43. Mironova Svetlana (1st) 1:22 +0:28
WOMEN: 12-13 (Total times)

1. Mironova Svetlana 48:42 +0:00
2. Alexandersson Tove 49:34 +0:52
3. Wigemyr Tone 50:44 +2:02
4. Jenzer Sarina 50:53 +2:11
5. Wyder Judith 50:56 +2:14
6. Billstam Annika 51:18 +2:36
7. Brodmann Ines 51:19 +2:37
8. Fasting Mari 51:32 +2:50
9. Anttonen Sari 51:55 +3:13
10. Ronning Sund Goril 51:55 +3:13
11. Haajanen Sofia 52:17 +3:35
15. Bobach Ida 52:47 +4:05
WOMEN: 13-14

Another short technical leg – this time it is Rønning Sund’s turn to lose some time (27 seconds). With a small mistake from Wigemyr, Wyder is back in bronze position.

WOMEN: 13-14 (Legtimes)

1. Wyder Judith (3rd) 2:27 +0:00
2. Mironova Svetlana (1st) 2:32 +0:05
3. Billstam Annika (6th) 2:33 +0:06
4. Jenzer Sarina (8th) 2:34 +0:07
5. Fasting Mari (4th) 2:34 +0:07
6. Allston Hanny (13th) 2:34 +0:07
7. Alexandersson Tove (2nd) 2:36 +0:09
8. Bobach Ida (10th) 2:39 +0:12
9. Chataing Amelie (14th) 2:40 +0:13
10. Trubkina Anastasia (24th) 2:41 +0:14
14. Wigemyr Tone (7th) 2:46 +0:19
15. Haajanen Sofia (9th) 2:47 +0:20
20. Ronning Sund Goril (5th) 2:54 +0:27
WOMEN: 13-14 (Total times)

1. Mironova Svetlana 51:14 +0:00
2. Alexandersson Tove 52:10 +0:56
3. Wyder Judith 53:23 +2:09
4. Jenzer Sarina 53:27 +2:13
5. Wigemyr Tone 53:30 +2:16
6. Billstam Annika 53:51 +2:37
7. Fasting Mari 54:06 +2:52
8. Ronning Sund Goril 54:49 +3:35
9. Haajanen Sofia 55:04 +3:50
10. Brodmann Ines 55:05 +3:51
13. Bobach Ida 55:26 +4:12
WOMEN: 14-15

On the way down to the spectator control, there is a leg with some micro routechoice options. The right variant seems faster – Jenzer and Wigemyr both losing 25-40 seconds by going left. However Fasting runs a good time left, so it is only the execution of Wigemyr/Jenzer which is not good enough. With this leg both Jenzer and Wigemyr are on the way out of the fight for medals.

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WOMEN: 14-15 (Legtimes)

1. Wyder Judith (3rd) 3:05 +0:00
2. Fasting Mari (4th) 3:12 +0:07
3. Mironova Svetlana (1st) 3:15 +0:10
4. Allston Hanny (13th) 3:18 +0:13
5. Taylor Catherine (19th) 3:18 +0:13
6. Alexandersson Tove (2nd) 3:21 +0:16
7. Haajanen Sofia (9th) 3:21 +0:16
8. Bobach Ida (10th) 3:22 +0:17
9. Orr Hollie (65th) 3:22 +0:17
10. Billstam Annika (6th) 3:23 +0:18
12. Ronning Sund Goril (5th) 3:24 +0:19
18. Jenzer Sarina (8th) 3:31 +0:26
29. Wigemyr Tone (7th) 3:43 +0:38
WOMEN: 14-15 (Total times)

1. Mironova Svetlana 54:29 +0:00
2. Alexandersson Tove 55:31 +1:02
3. Wyder Judith 56:28 +1:59
4. Jenzer Sarina 56:58 +2:29
5. Wigemyr Tone 57:13 +2:44
6. Billstam Annika 57:14 +2:45
7. Fasting Mari 57:18 +2:49
8. Ronning Sund Goril 58:13 +3:44
9. Haajanen Sofia 58:25 +3:56
10. Anttonen Sari 58:33 +4:04
13. Bobach Ida 58:48 +4:19
WOMEN: 15-16

One more easy leg on the way to the spectator control. Wyder runs very fast – Mironova and Alexandersson lose 15-20 seconds.

WOMEN: 15-16 (Legtimes)

1. Wyder Judith (3rd) 1:25 +0:00
2. Eliasson Lena (22nd) 1:28 +0:03
3. Lajn Daria (27th) 1:28 +0:03
4. Fasting Mari (4th) 1:31 +0:06
5. Zverinova Martina (23rd) 1:32 +0:07
6. Jenzer Sarina (8th) 1:33 +0:08
7. Wigemyr Tone (7th) 1:33 +0:08
8. Billstam Annika (6th) 1:34 +0:09
9. Gross Julia (17th) 1:34 +0:09
10. Ronning Sund Goril (5th) 1:35 +0:10
17. Bobach Ida (10th) 1:38 +0:13
20. Alexandersson Tove (2nd) 1:40 +0:15
24. Haajanen Sofia (9th) 1:41 +0:16
28. Mironova Svetlana (1st) 1:44 +0:19
WOMEN: 15-16 (Total times)

1. Mironova Svetlana 56:13 +0:00
2. Alexandersson Tove 57:11 +0:58
3. Wyder Judith 57:53 +1:40
4. Jenzer Sarina 58:31 +2:18
5. Wigemyr Tone 58:46 +2:33
6. Billstam Annika 58:48 +2:35
7. Fasting Mari 58:49 +2:36
8. Ronning Sund Goril 59:48 +3:35
9. Haajanen Sofia 60:06 +3:53
10. Brodmann Ines 60:17 +4:04
11. Bobach Ida 60:26 +4:13
WOMEN: 16-17

This should be a very easy leg to the spectator control, but both Alexandersson (+13 seconds) and Wigemyr (+27 seconds) go left and lose significant time. Wigemyr is now suddenly 1:20 behind the bronze medal after losing time on quite easy, short legs.

WOMEN: 16-17 (Legtimes)

1. Mironova Svetlana (1st) 1:14 +0:00
2. Eliasson Lena (22nd) 1:14 +0:00
3. Wyder Judith (3rd) 1:15 +0:01
4. Taylor Catherine (19th) 1:15 +0:01
5. Ronning Sund Goril (5th) 1:16 +0:02
6. Anttonen Sari (16th) 1:16 +0:02
7. Jenzer Sarina (8th) 1:19 +0:05
8. Brodmann Ines (12th) 1:23 +0:09
9. Lajn Daria (27th) 1:25 +0:11
10. Oram Louise (38th) 1:25 +0:11
13. Alexandersson Tove (2nd) 1:27 +0:13
14. Fasting Mari (4th) 1:27 +0:13
15. Billstam Annika (6th) 1:30 +0:16
20. Bobach Ida (10th) 1:36 +0:22
25. Wigemyr Tone (7th) 1:41 +0:27
59. Haajanen Sofia (9th) 2:14 +1:00
WOMEN: 16-17 (Total times)

1. Mironova Svetlana 57:27 +0:00
2. Alexandersson Tove 58:38 +1:11
3. Wyder Judith 59:08 +1:41
4. Jenzer Sarina 59:50 +2:23
5. Fasting Mari 60:16 +2:49
6. Billstam Annika 60:18 +2:51
7. Wigemyr Tone 60:27 +3:00
8. Ronning Sund Goril 61:04 +3:37
9. Brodmann Ines 61:40 +4:13
10. Anttonen Sari 61:44 +4:17
11. Bobach Ida 62:02 +4:35
12. Haajanen Sofia 62:20 +4:53
WOMEN: 17-18

Most runners run around the road here – but Fasting runs straight over the top. Olav Lundanes lost time here in the fight for medals against Hubmann and Gueorgiou – Fasting however has second best split time and beats all the competitors in the top.

Both Alexandersson and Wyder lose time to Mironova here. Both do a mistake into the control – and Mironova is also very strong in the uphill (see illustrations below).

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WOMEN: 17-18 (Legtimes)

1. Allston Hanny (13th) 9:22 +0:00
2. Fasting Mari (4th) 9:28 +0:06
3. Mironova Svetlana (1st) 9:30 +0:08
4. Ronning Sund Goril (5th) 9:36 +0:14
5. Haajanen Sofia (9th) 9:44 +0:22
6. Billstam Annika (6th) 9:46 +0:24
7. Wyder Judith (3rd) 9:47 +0:25
8. Wigemyr Tone (7th) 9:58 +0:36
9. Jenzer Sarina (8th) 10:05 +0:43
10. Alexandersson Tove (2nd) 10:09 +0:47
23. Bobach Ida (10th) 10:53 +1:31
WOMEN: 17-18 (Total times)

1. Mironova Svetlana 66:57 +0:00
2. Alexandersson Tove 68:47 +1:50
3. Wyder Judith 68:55 +1:58
4. Fasting Mari 69:44 +2:47
5. Jenzer Sarina 69:55 +2:58
6. Billstam Annika 70:04 +3:07
7. Wigemyr Tone 70:25 +3:28
8. Ronning Sund Goril 70:40 +3:43
9. Brodmann Ines 71:56 +4:59
10. Haajanen Sofia 72:04 +5:07
14. Bobach Ida 72:55 +5:58
WOMEN: 18-19

A short leg with small differences between the top runners.

WOMEN: 18-19 (Legtimes)

1. Bobach Ida (10th) 1:52 +0:00
2. Brodmann Ines (12th) 1:56 +0:04
3. Mironova Svetlana (1st) 1:57 +0:05
4. Wyder Judith (3rd) 1:57 +0:05
5. Alexandersson Tove (2nd) 1:58 +0:06
6. Omova Michaela (20th) 2:00 +0:08
7. Kinni Saila (11th) 2:02 +0:10
8. Ronning Sund Goril (5th) 2:03 +0:11
9. Arniece Liga (39th) 2:03 +0:11
10. Fasting Mari (4th) 2:04 +0:12
11. Haajanen Sofia (9th) 2:04 +0:12
13. Jenzer Sarina (8th) 2:06 +0:14
14. Wigemyr Tone (7th) 2:07 +0:15
19. Billstam Annika (6th) 2:13 +0:21
WOMEN: 18-19 (Total times)

1. Mironova Svetlana 68:54 +0:00
2. Alexandersson Tove 70:45 +1:51
3. Wyder Judith 70:52 +1:58
4. Fasting Mari 71:48 +2:54
5. Jenzer Sarina 72:01 +3:07
6. Billstam Annika 72:17 +3:23
7. Wigemyr Tone 72:32 +3:38
8. Ronning Sund Goril 72:43 +3:49
9. Brodmann Ines 73:52 +4:58
10. Haajanen Sofia 74:08 +5:14
11. Bobach Ida 74:47 +5:53
WOMEN: 19-20

This leg to the TV-control was tricky for many of the women. Mironova loses 51 seconds – the gap to Wyder goes down from 1:51 to 1:17.

WOMEN: 19-20 (Legtimes)

1. Gross Julia (17th) 2:20 +0:00
2. Ronning Sund Goril (5th) 2:22 +0:02
3. Kadan Ursula (15th) 2:22 +0:02
4. Bobach Ida (10th) 2:24 +0:04
5. Allston Hanny (13th) 2:24 +0:04
6. Alexandersson Tove (2nd) 2:27 +0:07
7. Jurenikova Eva (21st) 2:28 +0:08
8. Trubkina Anastasia (24th) 2:28 +0:08
9. Fasting Mari (4th) 2:30 +0:10
10. Rabediuc Galina (59th) 2:32 +0:12
11. Wigemyr Tone (7th) 2:33 +0:13
12. Haajanen Sofia (9th) 2:34 +0:14
13. Wyder Judith (3rd) 2:35 +0:15
23. Billstam Annika (6th) 2:46 +0:26
25. Jenzer Sarina (8th) 2:49 +0:29
37. Mironova Svetlana (1st) 3:01 +0:41
WOMEN: 19-20 (Total times)

1. Mironova Svetlana 71:55 +0:00
2. Alexandersson Tove 73:12 +1:17
3. Wyder Judith 73:27 +1:32
4. Fasting Mari 74:18 +2:23
5. Jenzer Sarina 74:50 +2:55
6. Billstam Annika 75:03 +3:08
7. Ronning Sund Goril 75:05 +3:10
8. Wigemyr Tone 75:05 +3:10
9. Haajanen Sofia 76:42 +4:47
10. Bobach Ida 77:11 +5:16
WOMEN: 20-21

Now the runners are on the way to the last controls. Fasting loses some time here – but is already out of the fight for medals.

WOMEN: 20-21 (Legtimes)

1. Wyder Judith (3rd) 2:48 +0:00
2. Alexandersson Tove (2nd) 2:51 +0:03
3. Wigemyr Tone (7th) 2:54 +0:06
4. Orr Hollie (65th) 2:55 +0:07
5. Mironova Svetlana (1st) 3:01 +0:13
6. Taylor Catherine (19th) 3:02 +0:14
7. Bobach Ida (10th) 3:03 +0:15
8. Ronning Sund Goril (5th) 3:06 +0:18
9. Jenzer Sarina (8th) 3:07 +0:19
10. Kinni Saila (11th) 3:07 +0:19
12. Billstam Annika (6th) 3:08 +0:20
16. Haajanen Sofia (9th) 3:12 +0:24
20. Fasting Mari (4th) 3:15 +0:27
WOMEN: 20-21 (Total times)

1. Mironova Svetlana 74:56 +0:00
2. Alexandersson Tove 76:03 +1:07
3. Wyder Judith 76:15 +1:19
4. Fasting Mari 77:33 +2:37
5. Jenzer Sarina 77:57 +3:01
6. Wigemyr Tone 77:59 +3:03
7. Billstam Annika 78:11 +3:15
8. Ronning Sund Goril 78:11 +3:15
9. Haajanen Sofia 79:54 +4:58
10. Bobach Ida 80:14 +5:18
WOMEN: 21-22

Easy leg down to the second last control. Mironova loses 19 seconds to Alexandersson and 10 seconds to Wyder, but her gold medal is already safe.

WOMEN: 21-22 (Legtimes)

1. Alexandersson Tove (2nd) 1:25 +0:00
2. Ronning Sund Goril (5th) 1:28 +0:03
3. Allston Hanny (13th) 1:29 +0:04
4. Ward Claire (29th) 1:31 +0:06
5. Billstam Annika (6th) 1:32 +0:07
6. Kinni Saila (11th) 1:33 +0:08
7. Wyder Judith (3rd) 1:34 +0:09
8. Gross Julia (17th) 1:34 +0:09
9. Fasting Mari (4th) 1:35 +0:10
10. Brodmann Ines (12th) 1:35 +0:10
11. Bobach Ida (10th) 1:36 +0:11
13. Jenzer Sarina (8th) 1:39 +0:14
15. Haajanen Sofia (9th) 1:42 +0:17
18. Mironova Svetlana (1st) 1:44 +0:19
23. Wigemyr Tone (7th) 1:47 +0:22
WOMEN: 21-22 (Total times)

1. Mironova Svetlana 76:40 +0:00
2. Alexandersson Tove 77:28 +0:48
3. Wyder Judith 77:49 +1:09
4. Fasting Mari 79:08 +2:28
5. Jenzer Sarina 79:36 +2:56
6. Ronning Sund Goril 79:39 +2:59
7. Billstam Annika 79:43 +3:03
8. Wigemyr Tone 79:46 +3:06
9. Haajanen Sofia 81:36 +4:56
10. Bobach Ida 81:50 +5:10
WOMEN: 22-23

Another bad leg for Mironova – losing another 18 seconds. The gap goes down to 31 seconds.

WOMEN: 22-23 (Legtimes)

1. Wyder Judith (3rd) 2:20 +0:00
2. Alexandersson Tove (2nd) 2:21 +0:01
3. Haajanen Sofia (9th) 2:23 +0:03
4. Gross Julia (17th) 2:24 +0:04
5. Billstam Annika (6th) 2:27 +0:07
6. Wigemyr Tone (7th) 2:27 +0:07
7. Crocker Alison (26th) 2:27 +0:07
8. Eliasson Lena (22nd) 2:29 +0:09
9. Ronning Sund Goril (5th) 2:31 +0:11
10. Chataing Amelie (14th) 2:31 +0:11
12. Fasting Mari (4th) 2:32 +0:12
15. Mironova Svetlana (1st) 2:38 +0:18
18. Jenzer Sarina (8th) 2:40 +0:20
28. Bobach Ida (10th) 2:47 +0:27
WOMEN: 22-23 (Total times)

1. Mironova Svetlana 79:18 +0:00
2. Alexandersson Tove 79:49 +0:31
3. Wyder Judith 80:09 +0:51
4. Fasting Mari 81:40 +2:22
5. Billstam Annika 82:10 +2:52
6. Ronning Sund Goril 82:10 +2:52
7. Wigemyr Tone 82:13 +2:55
8. Jenzer Sarina 82:16 +2:58
9. Haajanen Sofia 83:59 +4:41
10. Bobach Ida 84:37 +5:19

WOC Long 2014 Men: The BIG analysis

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 10 Jul 2014@5:00

Not the choice of routes on the longer legs, but rather higher speed towards the end of the course, good execution of the planned routes and stable orienteering was decisive when Thierry Gueorgiou won the gold medal at the World Championships long distance 2014 in Lavarone, Italy. Daniel Hubmann took silver and Olav Lundanes bronze.

There were three long legs in the WOC long distance course – two of them had several different route choice options (leg 4-5 and leg 14-15) whereas leg 11-12 only had micro route choices. The choice of route on these longer legs was however not the decisive point for the medals in the WOC long distance 2014. Rather the execution of both long legs and shorter legs was decisive. Long distance is all about keeping the concentration for all of the race – especially towards the end when you start getting tired.

This analysis is made by Jan Kocbach and Stefano Raus. It is based on a shortened version of the analysis written for the online WOC 2014 magazine.

Summary of decisive points

The following is a summary of the decisive points in the course. Below the summary a complete analysis is given – including route choices for the medalists, for the fastest runner on each leg and for other runners with interesting route choice options.

Thierry Gueorgiou does a stable, good race, and is exceptionally good especially in the last part of the race

Summary:

  • Thierry Gueorgiou does a stable, good race, and is exceptionally good especially in the last part of the race after the arena passage, at the first long leg to control 4 (31 and 36 seconds ahead of Hubmann and Lundanes, respectively) and at some of the short, technical legs. He wins 7 legs – of those 3 legs are towards the very end of the course, showing that he had a very strong finish. His biggest time losses are 17 seconds at control 2 (route choice on relatively short leg; 12 seconds lost to Hubmann), 24 seconds at control 9 (execution of route; does not lose time to medal contenders; Hubmann with equal time; loses only 9 seconds to Hubmann), 31 seconds to control 15 (long route choice leg; does not take optimal route; 9 seconds to Hubmann), 18 seconds at control 17 (short leg, probably a mistake – loses only 10/8 seconds to Lundanes/Hubmann) and 13 seconds to control 30 (short leg with quite easy orienteering; probably unsecurity?; 11 seconds to Hubmann).
  • Daniel Hubmann also does a stable race, but has a few time losses which are around 30 seconds

  • Daniel Hubmann also does a stable race, but has a few time losses which are around 30 seconds. Hubmann loses 38 seconds to Lundanes (26 seconds to Gueorgiou) already to the first control (short leg) due to mistake in the control ring and some insecurity. On the route choice leg to control 4 he loses 31 seconds to Gueorgiou – but the reason is not the chosen route but rather execution of the last part of the route.  To control 7 (short, technical leg) another 24 seconds is lost to Gueorgiou. At the leg after the arena passing another 38 seconds is lost to Gueorgiou – again it is execution/tiredness and not route choice which is the reason.  Gueorgiou also seems to have higher running speed early and late in the race – whereas Hubmann is faster in the middle part.
  • [..] the speed goes down in the last part of the course after the arena passing

  • Olav Lundanes has approximately the same speed as Hubmann until the arena passing, but the speed goes down in the last part of the course after the arena passing (tiredness?). After a very strong start, he loses 46 seconds to Gueorgiou on the first long leg to number 4 – the time loss being mainly due to execution and not to route choice. 22 seconds is lost to control 8 (14 seconds to Gueorgiou) after taking the same route choice as Gueorgiou, 39 seconds to the best time on the long leg to control 12 (15 seconds to Gueorgiou) – again after taking mostly the same route – microroutechoices being the reason for the time loss along with the execution. The biggest time loss is 1:06 at the leg after the arena passing – partly due route choice (Lundanes however being one of the very few taking this route) and partly because Gueorgiou ran very fast at this part of the course.
  • Fabian Hertner had a very good start of the race, and was in the lead after 5 control. Hertner did several mistakes – the biggest on the long leg to 15 were he did not take the wrong choice, but lost time due to losing control in the middle of the leg.

Below a splitsgraph is included. Note that for the phi-loop the illustration is wrong – thus look only at control 18-24.

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Analysis leg-by-leg

Below a leg-by-leg analysis of the WOC long distance for me is included. For each leg the best runners on the leg (3) and the best overall (6) are shown in the results tables. In addition GPS-tracking data for selected runners are shown in an illustration.

MEN: S-1

Olav Lundanes starts very well – Daniel Hubmann is unsecure on the way to the control and in addition makes a mistake in the control ring. Hubmann loses 38 seconds to Lundanes on the first control. Gueorgiou starts safe and loses 12 seconds to Lundanes. - The first two controls were in an interesting area. You really had to be very accurate with the orienteering, Gueorgiou comments.

Several other Top 10 finishers lose time on the first control; Fredrik Johansson, Kiril Nikolov and Dilip Dahlgren all lose more than 30 seconds.

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MEN: S-1 (Legtimes)

1. Lundanes Olav (3rd) 2:13 +0:00
2. Rollier Baptiste (7th) 2:18 +0:05
3. Novikov Valentin (24th) 2:21 +0:08
4. Gonon Francois (13th) 2:23 +0:10
5. Lysell Jerker (32nd) 2:23 +0:10
6. Tranchand Frederic (14th) 2:24 +0:11
7. Gueorgiou Thierry (1st) 2:25 +0:12
8. Bertuks Edgars (80th) 2:28 +0:15
9. Hertner Fabian (4th) 2:29 +0:16
10. Panchenko Artem (35th) 2:29 +0:16
12. Kerschbaumer Gernot (8th) 2:30 +0:17
13. Kyburz Matthias (5th) 2:31 +0:18
31. Johansson Fredrik (6th) 2:43 +0:30
38. Nikolov Kiril (9th) 2:49 +0:36
39. Hubmann Daniel (2nd) 2:51 +0:38
44. Dahlgren Filip (10th) 2:55 +0:42
MEN: S-1 (Total times)

1. Lundanes Olav 2:13 +0:00
2. Rollier Baptiste 2:18 +0:05
3. Novikov Valentin 2:21 +0:08
4. Gonon Francois 2:23 +0:10
5. Lysell Jerker 2:23 +0:10
6. Tranchand Frederic 2:24 +0:11
7. Gueorgiou Thierry 2:25 +0:12
8. Bertuks Edgars 2:28 +0:15
9. Hertner Fabian 2:29 +0:16
10. Panchenko Artem 2:29 +0:16
12. Kerschbaumer Gernot 2:30 +0:17
13. Kyburz Matthias 2:31 +0:18
31. Johansson Fredrik 2:43 +0:30
38. Nikolov Kiril 2:49 +0:36
39. Hubmann Daniel 2:51 +0:38
44. Dahlgren Filip 2:55 +0:42
MEN: 1-2

There is a micro route choice on the quite short leg to control 2, but no big time differences. Gueorgiou goes nearly straight and loses 17 seconds to Baptiste Rollier’s best split time. The best route choice here is to use the road to the left. Hubmann and Lundanes run right and lose a few seconds to Rollier.

MEN: 1-2 (Legtimes)

1. Rollier Baptiste (7th) 2:31 +0:00
2. Hertner Fabian (4th) 2:32 +0:01
3. Johansson Fredrik (6th) 2:35 +0:04
4. Hubmann Daniel (2nd) 2:36 +0:05
5. Lundanes Olav (3rd) 2:38 +0:07
6. Salin Andrey (60th) 2:38 +0:07
7. Dahlgren Filip (10th) 2:39 +0:08
8. Kyburz Matthias (5th) 2:42 +0:11
9. Petrzela Jan (22nd) 2:42 +0:11
10. Ikonen Pasi (18th) 2:43 +0:12
18. Gueorgiou Thierry (1st) 2:48 +0:17
20. Kerschbaumer Gernot (8th) 2:49 +0:18
21. Nikolov Kiril (9th) 2:49 +0:18
MEN: 1-2 (Total times)

1. Rollier Baptiste 4:49 +0:00
2. Lundanes Olav 4:51 +0:02
3. Hertner Fabian 5:01 +0:12
4. Tranchand Frederic 5:11 +0:22
5. Gueorgiou Thierry 5:13 +0:24
6. Kyburz Matthias 5:13 +0:24
7. Sild Lauri 5:13 +0:24
8. Salin Andrey 5:14 +0:25
9. Johansson Fredrik 5:18 +0:29
10. Kerschbaumer Gernot 5:19 +0:30
17. Hubmann Daniel 5:27 +0:38
26. Dahlgren Filip 5:34 +0:45
31. Nikolov Kiril 5:38 +0:49
MEN: 2-3

Short leg with small time differences. Lundanes loses 8 seconds and Hubmann 7 seconds.

MEN: 2-3 (Legtimes)

1. Novikov Valentin (24th) 0:53 +0:00
2. Dahlgren Filip (10th) 0:54 +0:01
3. Kyburz Matthias (5th) 0:55 +0:02
4. Johansson Fredrik (6th) 0:55 +0:02
5. Daehli Magne (11th) 0:55 +0:02
6. Salin Andrey (60th) 0:56 +0:03
7. Djurhuus Rasmus (81th) 0:56 +0:03
8. Gueorgiou Thierry (1st) 0:57 +0:04
9. Siren Mikko (26th) 0:57 +0:04
10. Zinca Ionut Alin (12th) 0:57 +0:04
12. Hertner Fabian (4th) 0:58 +0:05
14. Rollier Baptiste (7th) 0:59 +0:06
20. Hubmann Daniel (2nd) 1:00 +0:07
23. Lundanes Olav (3rd) 1:01 +0:08
34. Nikolov Kiril (9th) 1:03 +0:10
47. Kerschbaumer Gernot (8th) 1:07 +0:14
MEN: 2-3 (Total times)

1. Rollier Baptiste 5:48 +0:00
2. Lundanes Olav 5:52 +0:04
3. Hertner Fabian 5:59 +0:11
4. Kyburz Matthias 6:08 +0:20
5. Gueorgiou Thierry 6:10 +0:22
6. Salin Andrey 6:10 +0:22
7. Sild Lauri 6:12 +0:24
8. Tranchand Frederic 6:12 +0:24
9. Johansson Fredrik 6:13 +0:25
10. Novikov Valentin 6:13 +0:25
14. Kerschbaumer Gernot 6:26 +0:38
16. Hubmann Daniel 6:27 +0:39
18. Dahlgren Filip 6:28 +0:40
31. Nikolov Kiril 6:41 +0:53
MEN: 3-4

The leg to control 4 is the first long leg – 1.7 km long. Gueorgiou (10:57) and Hertner (11:03) are clearly fastest on this leg taking a route close to the line in an S-shape. Hubmann is third on the leg but loses 31 seconds to Gueorgiou – this is nearly all the time Hubmann is behind Gueorgiou at the arena passing after 80% of the race. Hubmann follows a similar route, but a bit further to the left – following a large path for a bit on the middle of the leg and taking the climb steeper. Hubmann loses the time to Gueorgiou after the climb on the second half of the leg – maybe the steep climb cost too much?

Lundanes runs left along the course planners favourite route and loses 46 seconds. This is nearly all the time Lundanes was behind Gueorgiou at the arena passing. For the part where his route is different from Gueorgiou’s he is nearly equally fast – just as Hubmann he loses time after the top of the hill.

World Champion from 2006 and silver medalist from 2013 Jani Lakanen makes an interesting route choice here. As the only runner he runs far around to the right and loses nearly 4 minutes.

Road specialist Jerker Lysell runs road and paths to the left and loses nearly 1:30 to Gueorgiou.

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MEN: 3-4 (Legtimes)

1. Gueorgiou Thierry (1st) 10:57 +0:00
2. Hertner Fabian (4th) 11:03 +0:06
3. Hubmann Daniel (2nd) 11:28 +0:31
4. Sedivy Jan (17th) 11:31 +0:34
5. Tranchand Frederic (14th) 11:34 +0:37
6. Dahlgren Filip (10th) 11:39 +0:42
7. Lundanes Olav (3rd) 11:43 +0:46
8. Gristwood Graham (20th) 11:48 +0:51
9. Kyburz Matthias (5th) 11:52 +0:55
10. Daehli Magne (11th) 11:52 +0:55
11. Kerschbaumer Gernot (8th) 11:53 +0:56
23. Rollier Baptiste (7th) 12:13 +1:16
30. Johansson Fredrik (6th) 12:25 +1:28
32. Nikolov Kiril (9th) 12:29 +1:32
MEN: 3-4 (Total times)

1. Hertner Fabian 17:02 +0:00
2. Gueorgiou Thierry 17:07 +0:05
3. Lundanes Olav 17:35 +0:33
4. Tranchand Frederic 17:46 +0:44
5. Hubmann Daniel 17:55 +0:53
6. Kyburz Matthias 18:00 +0:58
7. Rollier Baptiste 18:01 +0:59
8. Dahlgren Filip 18:07 +1:05
9. Novikov Valentin 18:12 +1:10
10. Sedivy Jan 18:16 +1:14
11. Kerschbaumer Gernot 18:19 +1:17
20. Johansson Fredrik 18:38 +1:36
29. Nikolov Kiril 19:10 +2:08
MEN: 4-5

A short leg with small differences between the top runners. Fabian Hertner is now in the lead 6 seconds ahead of Thierry Gueorgiou. Lundanes is third at +32 seconds and Hubmann is 5th at +53 seconds.

MEN: 4-5 (Legtimes)

1. Kerschbaumer Gernot (8th) 1:04 +0:00
2. Lundanes Olav (3rd) 1:06 +0:02
3. Bertuks Edgars (80th) 1:06 +0:02
4. Hertner Fabian (4th) 1:07 +0:03
5. Hubmann Daniel (2nd) 1:07 +0:03
6. Nikolov Kiril (9th) 1:07 +0:03
7. Lakanen Jani (41st) 1:07 +0:03
8. Gueorgiou Thierry (1st) 1:08 +0:04
9. Daehli Magne (11th) 1:09 +0:05
10. Novikov Valentin (24th) 1:10 +0:06
16. Rollier Baptiste (7th) 1:12 +0:08
19. Dahlgren Filip (10th) 1:13 +0:09
22. Johansson Fredrik (6th) 1:14 +0:10
26. Kyburz Matthias (5th) 1:17 +0:13
MEN: 4-5 (Total times)

1. Hertner Fabian 18:09 +0:00
2. Gueorgiou Thierry 18:15 +0:06
3. Lundanes Olav 18:41 +0:32
4. Tranchand Frederic 19:00 +0:51
5. Hubmann Daniel 19:02 +0:53
6. Rollier Baptiste 19:13 +1:04
7. Kyburz Matthias 19:17 +1:08
8. Dahlgren Filip 19:20 +1:11
9. Novikov Valentin 19:22 +1:13
10. Kerschbaumer Gernot 19:23 +1:14
17. Johansson Fredrik 19:52 +1:43
27. Nikolov Kiril 20:17 +2:08
MEN: 5-6

A quite short leg where nearly everybody runs right. Exceptions are the Swiss Hertner and Kyburz who run left and lose between 16 and 21 seconds. Here Guerogiou takes over the lead from Hertner, and never gives it away again.

MEN: 5-6 (Legtimes)

1. Omdal Hans Gunnar (16th) 3:15 +0:00
2. Lundanes Olav (3rd) 3:16 +0:01
3. Ikonen Pasi (18th) 3:19 +0:04
4. Gueorgiou Thierry (1st) 3:21 +0:06
5. Nikolov Kiril (9th) 3:21 +0:06
6. Rollier Baptiste (7th) 3:23 +0:08
7. Novikov Valentin (24th) 3:24 +0:09
8. Hubmann Daniel (2nd) 3:25 +0:10
9. Dahlgren Filip (10th) 3:25 +0:10
10. Mamleev Mikhail (27th) 3:27 +0:12
13. Kyburz Matthias (5th) 3:31 +0:16
14. Kerschbaumer Gernot (8th) 3:32 +0:17
15. Johansson Fredrik (6th) 3:32 +0:17
20. Hertner Fabian (4th) 3:36 +0:21
MEN: 5-6 (Total times)

1. Gueorgiou Thierry 21:36 +0:00
2. Hertner Fabian 21:45 +0:09
3. Lundanes Olav 21:57 +0:21
4. Hubmann Daniel 22:27 +0:51
5. Rollier Baptiste 22:36 +1:00
6. Dahlgren Filip 22:45 +1:09
7. Novikov Valentin 22:46 +1:10
8. Kyburz Matthias 22:48 +1:12
9. Tranchand Frederic 22:54 +1:18
10. Kerschbaumer Gernot 22:55 +1:19
18. Johansson Fredrik 23:24 +1:48
21. Nikolov Kiril 23:38 +2:02
MEN: 6-7

Short leg where Gueorgiou runs exceptionally well with Nikolov in tow. Gueorgiou wins the leg with 8 seconds to Lundanes – Hubmann is at + 24 seconds. This type of leg is a speciality for Gueorgiou.

MEN: 6-7 (Legtimes)

1. Gueorgiou Thierry (1st) 1:36 +0:00
2. Nikolov Kiril (9th) 1:37 +0:01
3. Lundanes Olav (3rd) 1:44 +0:08
4. Mihailovs Kalvis (21st) 1:44 +0:08
5. Omdal Hans Gunnar (16th) 1:45 +0:09
6. Daehli Magne (11th) 1:48 +0:12
7. Johansson Fredrik (6th) 1:48 +0:12
8. Krepsta Simonas (28th) 1:48 +0:12
9. Zinca Ionut Alin (12th) 1:48 +0:12
10. Hertner Fabian (4th) 1:50 +0:14
21. Kerschbaumer Gernot (8th) 1:57 +0:21
26. Hubmann Daniel (2nd) 2:00 +0:24
27. Kyburz Matthias (5th) 2:00 +0:24
39. Rollier Baptiste (7th) 2:07 +0:31
70. Dahlgren Filip (10th) 3:03 +1:27
MEN: 6-7 (Total times)

1. Gueorgiou Thierry 23:12 +0:00
2. Hertner Fabian 23:35 +0:23
3. Lundanes Olav 23:41 +0:29
4. Hubmann Daniel 24:27 +1:15
5. Novikov Valentin 24:36 +1:24
6. Rollier Baptiste 24:43 +1:31
7. Ikonen Pasi 24:47 +1:35
8. Kyburz Matthias 24:48 +1:36
9. Kerschbaumer Gernot 24:52 +1:40
10. Omdal Hans Gunnar 24:55 +1:43
15. Johansson Fredrik 25:12 +2:00
17. Nikolov Kiril 25:15 +2:03
24. Dahlgren Filip 25:48 +2:36
MEN: 7-8

Short route choice leg. All top runners run to the right. Filip Dahlgren is fastest on the straight route (+41 seconds) – Francois Gonon also run this route and was nearly as fast as Hertner to the area around the control, but did a quite big mistake here. Going right is more secure.

The left alternative was favoured by the course planner; Gueorgiou also said that he had considered it seriously, but decided against because of the vegetation/stones in the first part of the route which could be slow. Few runners chose this route – best of them was Kodeda (+1:01).

MEN: 7-8 (Legtimes)

1. Hertner Fabian (4th) 3:09 +0:00
2. Johansson Fredrik (6th) 3:10 +0:01
3. Hubmann Daniel (2nd) 3:12 +0:03
4. Tranchand Frederic (14th) 3:12 +0:03
5. Sild Timo (37th) 3:14 +0:05
6. Kerschbaumer Gernot (8th) 3:16 +0:07
7. Gueorgiou Thierry (1st) 3:17 +0:08
8. Nikolov Kiril (9th) 3:17 +0:08
9. Zinca Ionut Alin (12th) 3:19 +0:10
10. Pawlak Bartosz (34th) 3:21 +0:12
11. Kyburz Matthias (5th) 3:22 +0:13
16. Lundanes Olav (3rd) 3:31 +0:22
19. Rollier Baptiste (7th) 3:33 +0:24
26. Dahlgren Filip (10th) 3:50 +0:41
MEN: 7-8 (Total times)

1. Gueorgiou Thierry 26:29 +0:00
2. Hertner Fabian 26:44 +0:15
3. Lundanes Olav 27:12 +0:43
4. Hubmann Daniel 27:39 +1:10
5. Novikov Valentin 27:59 +1:30
6. Kerschbaumer Gernot 28:08 +1:39
7. Kyburz Matthias 28:10 +1:41
8. Rollier Baptiste 28:16 +1:47
9. Johansson Fredrik 28:22 +1:53
10. Nikolov Kiril 28:32 +2:03
20. Dahlgren Filip 29:38 +3:09
MEN: 8-9

A quite short leg with a small route choice; going left or right around the hill is the option. Both variants are quite equal timewise though – the difference is more due to the execution of the leg. Note however that all the medalists lose more than 20 seconds to Gonon on this leg – Gonon running very well at this point in the course. Also, Johansson loses 28 seconds, Rollier 34 seconds, Kyburz 37 seconds and Kerschbaumer 50 seconds.

At this point in the race Hubmann is 1:10 down on Gueorgiou in 4th place.

MEN: 8-9 (Legtimes)

1. Gonon Francois (13th) 2:21 +0:00
2. Bertuks Edgars (80th) 2:32 +0:11
3. Tranchand Frederic (14th) 2:33 +0:12
4. Petrzela Jan (22nd) 2:35 +0:14
5. Lakanen Jani (41st) 2:35 +0:14
6. Lysell Jerker (32nd) 2:36 +0:15
7. Hertner Fabian (4th) 2:38 +0:17
8. Schgaguler Klaus (23rd) 2:39 +0:18
9. Karaivanov Grigor (51th) 2:39 +0:18
10. Siren Mikko (26th) 2:39 +0:18
12. Lundanes Olav (3rd) 2:43 +0:22
14. Gueorgiou Thierry (1st) 2:45 +0:24
15. Hubmann Daniel (2nd) 2:45 +0:24
16. Nikolov Kiril (9th) 2:45 +0:24
17. Dahlgren Filip (10th) 2:45 +0:24
23. Johansson Fredrik (6th) 2:49 +0:28
27. Rollier Baptiste (7th) 2:55 +0:34
31. Kyburz Matthias (5th) 2:58 +0:37
49. Kerschbaumer Gernot (8th) 3:11 +0:50
MEN: 8-9 (Total times)

1. Gueorgiou Thierry 29:14 +0:00
2. Hertner Fabian 29:22 +0:08
3. Lundanes Olav 29:55 +0:41
4. Hubmann Daniel 30:24 +1:10
5. Tranchand Frederic 31:05 +1:51
6. Kyburz Matthias 31:08 +1:54
7. Novikov Valentin 31:08 +1:54
8. Johansson Fredrik 31:11 +1:57
9. Rollier Baptiste 31:11 +1:57
10. Nikolov Kiril 31:17 +2:03
12. Kerschbaumer Gernot 31:19 +2:05
19. Dahlgren Filip 32:23 +3:09
MEN: 9-10

Again a quite short leg without real route choice options. Small differences among the medalists, but current number two Hertner loses around 20 seconds.

MEN: 9-10 (Legtimes)

1. Zinca Ionut Alin (12th) 2:04 +0:00
2. Nikolov Kiril (9th) 2:06 +0:02
3. Panchenko Artem (35th) 2:06 +0:02
4. Gueorgiou Thierry (1st) 2:07 +0:03
5. Lundanes Olav (3rd) 2:07 +0:03
6. Dahlgren Filip (10th) 2:08 +0:04
7. Hubmann Daniel (2nd) 2:09 +0:05
8. Novikov Valentin (24th) 2:10 +0:06
9. Tranchand Frederic (14th) 2:11 +0:07
10. Lenkei Zsolt (29th) 2:11 +0:07
12. Rollier Baptiste (7th) 2:14 +0:10
15. Kerschbaumer Gernot (8th) 2:15 +0:11
16. Kyburz Matthias (5th) 2:16 +0:12
32. Johansson Fredrik (6th) 2:25 +0:21
34. Hertner Fabian (4th) 2:26 +0:22
MEN: 9-10 (Total times)

1. Gueorgiou Thierry 31:21 +0:00
2. Hertner Fabian 31:48 +0:27
3. Lundanes Olav 32:02 +0:41
4. Hubmann Daniel 32:33 +1:12
5. Tranchand Frederic 33:16 +1:55
6. Novikov Valentin 33:18 +1:57
7. Nikolov Kiril 33:23 +2:02
8. Kyburz Matthias 33:24 +2:03
9. Rollier Baptiste 33:25 +2:04
10. Kerschbaumer Gernot 33:34 +2:13
11. Johansson Fredrik 33:36 +2:15
15. Dahlgren Filip 34:31 +3:10
MEN: 10-11

Short leg wihout big decisions.

MEN: 10-11 (Legtimes)

1. Tsvetkov Dmitriy (15th) 1:22 +0:00
2. Sild Timo (37th) 1:22 +0:00
3. Novikov Valentin (24th) 1:23 +0:01
4. Zinca Ionut Alin (12th) 1:23 +0:01
5. Ikonen Pasi (18th) 1:25 +0:03
6. Kodeda Stepan (33rd) 1:25 +0:03
7. Mihailovs Kalvis (21st) 1:26 +0:04
8. Siren Mikko (26th) 1:26 +0:04
9. Scherbakov Denys (36th) 1:27 +0:05
10. Tambasov Yury (38th) 1:27 +0:05
11. Lundanes Olav (3rd) 1:28 +0:06
12. Nikolov Kiril (9th) 1:28 +0:06
13. Johansson Fredrik (6th) 1:28 +0:06
15. Gueorgiou Thierry (1st) 1:29 +0:07
18. Hertner Fabian (4th) 1:30 +0:08
19. Hubmann Daniel (2nd) 1:30 +0:08
20. Dahlgren Filip (10th) 1:30 +0:08
24. Kerschbaumer Gernot (8th) 1:31 +0:09
28. Rollier Baptiste (7th) 1:32 +0:10
47. Kyburz Matthias (5th) 1:42 +0:20
MEN: 10-11 (Total times)

1. Gueorgiou Thierry 32:50 +0:00
2. Hertner Fabian 33:18 +0:28
3. Lundanes Olav 33:30 +0:40
4. Hubmann Daniel 34:03 +1:13
5. Novikov Valentin 34:41 +1:51
6. Nikolov Kiril 34:51 +2:01
7. Tranchand Frederic 34:56 +2:06
8. Rollier Baptiste 34:57 +2:07
9. Johansson Fredrik 35:04 +2:14
10. Kerschbaumer Gernot 35:05 +2:15
11. Kyburz Matthias 35:06 +2:16
16. Dahlgren Filip 36:01 +3:11
MEN: 11-12

The leg from 11 to 12 is the second of the three long legs in this course. Unfortunately this was not a real route choice leg – the only real decision to be made was if one should go left or right of the small hill just after halfways of the leg. However, even if there were not real routechoices here, Lundanes loses 39 seconds to Hertner who is fastest on the leg. Gueorgiou loses 16 to Hertner, but still keeps his lead.

MEN: 11-12 (Legtimes)

1. Hertner Fabian (4th) 7:51 +0:00
2. Hubmann Daniel (2nd) 7:59 +0:08
3. Gueorgiou Thierry (1st) 8:07 +0:16
4. Nikolov Kiril (9th) 8:09 +0:18
5. Dahlgren Filip (10th) 8:09 +0:18
6. Lakanen Jani (41st) 8:13 +0:22
7. Kyburz Matthias (5th) 8:22 +0:31
8. Omdal Hans Gunnar (16th) 8:23 +0:32
9. Tsvetkov Dmitriy (15th) 8:24 +0:33
10. Lundanes Olav (3rd) 8:30 +0:39
12. Johansson Fredrik (6th) 8:35 +0:44
14. Rollier Baptiste (7th) 8:41 +0:50
25. Kerschbaumer Gernot (8th) 9:13 +1:22
MEN: 11-12 (Total times)

1. Gueorgiou Thierry 40:57 +0:00
2. Hertner Fabian 41:09 +0:12
3. Lundanes Olav 42:00 +1:03
4. Hubmann Daniel 42:02 +1:05
5. Nikolov Kiril 43:00 +2:03
6. Kyburz Matthias 43:28 +2:31
7. Tranchand Frederic 43:33 +2:36
8. Rollier Baptiste 43:38 +2:41
9. Johansson Fredrik 43:39 +2:42
10. Dahlgren Filip 44:10 +3:13
12. Kerschbaumer Gernot 44:18 +3:21
MEN: 12-13

A short leg where the medalists are the top three on the leg. Fredrik Johansson loses 22 seconds.

MEN: 12-13 (Legtimes)

1. Lundanes Olav (3rd) 0:53 +0:00
2. Gueorgiou Thierry (1st) 0:57 +0:04
3. Hubmann Daniel (2nd) 0:57 +0:04
4. Nikolov Kiril (9th) 0:58 +0:05
5. Kyburz Matthias (5th) 1:03 +0:10
6. Kerschbaumer Gernot (8th) 1:03 +0:10
7. Panchenko Artem (35th) 1:03 +0:10
8. Hertner Fabian (4th) 1:05 +0:12
9. Michiels Yannick (42nd) 1:05 +0:12
10. Tsvetkov Dmitriy (15th) 1:06 +0:13
14. Dahlgren Filip (10th) 1:07 +0:14
19. Rollier Baptiste (7th) 1:09 +0:16
33. Johansson Fredrik (6th) 1:15 +0:22
MEN: 12-13 (Total times)

1. Gueorgiou Thierry 41:54 +0:00
2. Hertner Fabian 42:14 +0:20
3. Lundanes Olav 42:53 +0:59
4. Hubmann Daniel 42:59 +1:05
5. Nikolov Kiril 43:58 +2:04
6. Kyburz Matthias 44:31 +2:37
7. Tranchand Frederic 44:40 +2:46
8. Rollier Baptiste 44:47 +2:53
9. Johansson Fredrik 44:54 +3:00
10. Dahlgren Filip 45:17 +3:23
11. Kerschbaumer Gernot 45:21 +3:27
MEN: 13-14

Another short leg with small time differences.

MEN: 13-14 (Legtimes)

1. Zinca Ionut Alin (12th) 0:48 +0:00
2. Tambasov Yury (38th) 0:48 +0:00
3. Hertner Fabian (4th) 0:50 +0:02
4. Lundanes Olav (3rd) 0:50 +0:02
5. Hubmann Daniel (2nd) 0:50 +0:02
6. Salin Andrey (60th) 0:50 +0:02
7. Nikolov Kiril (9th) 0:51 +0:03
8. Kyburz Matthias (5th) 0:51 +0:03
9. Rollier Baptiste (7th) 0:51 +0:03
10. Gonon Francois (13th) 0:51 +0:03
11. Gueorgiou Thierry (1st) 0:52 +0:04
12. Johansson Fredrik (6th) 0:52 +0:04
19. Kerschbaumer Gernot (8th) 0:54 +0:06
39. Dahlgren Filip (10th) 0:59 +0:11
MEN: 13-14 (Total times)

1. Gueorgiou Thierry 42:46 +0:00
2. Hertner Fabian 43:04 +0:18
3. Lundanes Olav 43:43 +0:57
4. Hubmann Daniel 43:49 +1:03
5. Nikolov Kiril 44:49 +2:03
6. Kyburz Matthias 45:22 +2:36
7. Tranchand Frederic 45:33 +2:47
8. Rollier Baptiste 45:38 +2:52
9. Johansson Fredrik 45:46 +3:00
10. Kerschbaumer Gernot 46:15 +3:29
11. Dahlgren Filip 46:16 +3:30
MEN: 14-15

The third and last real long leg in the course was the leg from 14 to 15. The fastest route here is going left on the route – the two fastest on the leg Dahlgren (8:42) and Losch (8:59) both ran left. Lundanes and Hubmann lose 19/22 seconds respectivtely by going right. Gueorgiou also runs right, but loses even more time; 31 seconds to Dahlgren. It is not possible to see from Gueorgiou’s inaccurate GPS at this point what the reason for the time loss is.

The last option is to go straight. Adamski executes direct well and is the fastest of the one chosing this route. He loses 45 seconds to Dahlgren. Hertner also runs direct, but loses control towards the end of the leg – losing even more time (1:11). With this he goes from 2nd to 4th place at this point in the race.

Kyburz loses direction on the middle of the leg, and loses a lot of time (1:44).

MEN: 14-15 (Legtimes)

1. Dahlgren Filip (10th) 8:42 +0:00
2. Loesch Soeren (30th) 8:59 +0:17
3. Lundanes Olav (3rd) 9:01 +0:19
4. Hubmann Daniel (2nd) 9:04 +0:22
5. Nikolov Kiril (9th) 9:11 +0:29
6. Sild Timo (37th) 9:12 +0:30
7. Gueorgiou Thierry (1st) 9:13 +0:31
8. Ikonen Pasi (18th) 9:22 +0:40
9. Tsvetkov Dmitriy (15th) 9:25 +0:43
10. Gonon Francois (13th) 9:25 +0:43
17. Rollier Baptiste (7th) 9:29 +0:47
18. Johansson Fredrik (6th) 9:32 +0:50
19. Kerschbaumer Gernot (8th) 9:32 +0:50
29. Hertner Fabian (4th) 9:53 +1:11
39. Kyburz Matthias (5th) 10:26 +1:44
MEN: 14-15 (Total times)

1. Gueorgiou Thierry 51:59 +0:00
2. Lundanes Olav 52:44 +0:45
3. Hubmann Daniel 52:53 +0:54
4. Hertner Fabian 52:57 +0:58
5. Nikolov Kiril 54:00 +2:01
6. Dahlgren Filip 54:58 +2:59
7. Rollier Baptiste 55:07 +3:08
8. Johansson Fredrik 55:18 +3:19
9. Tsvetkov Dmitriy 55:46 +3:47
10. Kerschbaumer Gernot 55:47 +3:48
11. Kyburz Matthias 55:48 +3:49
MEN: 15-16

Another short leg with small differences among the top runners.

MEN: 15-16 (Legtimes)

1. Siren Mikko (26th) 1:12 +0:00
2. Lundanes Olav (3rd) 1:15 +0:03
3. Ikonen Pasi (18th) 1:15 +0:03
4. Sild Lauri (31st) 1:15 +0:03
5. Panchenko Artem (35th) 1:16 +0:04
6. Dallavalle Roberto (44th) 1:16 +0:04
7. Michiels Yannick (42nd) 1:16 +0:04
8. Hubmann Daniel (2nd) 1:17 +0:05
9. Gueorgiou Thierry (1st) 1:18 +0:06
10. Dahlgren Filip (10th) 1:18 +0:06
14. Nikolov Kiril (9th) 1:20 +0:08
17. Kerschbaumer Gernot (8th) 1:21 +0:09
24. Johansson Fredrik (6th) 1:24 +0:12
25. Kyburz Matthias (5th) 1:24 +0:12
29. Rollier Baptiste (7th) 1:25 +0:13
36. Hertner Fabian (4th) 1:27 +0:15
MEN: 15-16 (Total times)

1. Gueorgiou Thierry 53:17 +0:00
2. Lundanes Olav 53:59 +0:42
3. Hubmann Daniel 54:10 +0:53
4. Hertner Fabian 54:24 +1:07
5. Nikolov Kiril 55:20 +2:03
6. Dahlgren Filip 56:16 +2:59
7. Rollier Baptiste 56:32 +3:15
8. Johansson Fredrik 56:42 +3:25
9. Kerschbaumer Gernot 57:08 +3:51
10. Kyburz Matthias 57:12 +3:55
MEN: 16-17

Another short leg – Gueorgiou loses 18 seconds to the fastest split time – 10 seconds to Hubmann who is now getting closer.

MEN: 16-17 (Legtimes)

1. Djurhuus Rasmus (81th) 1:21 +0:00
2. Omdal Hans Gunnar (16th) 1:28 +0:07
3. Hubmann Daniel (2nd) 1:29 +0:08
4. Hertner Fabian (4th) 1:29 +0:08
5. Kerschbaumer Gernot (8th) 1:29 +0:08
6. Dahlgren Filip (10th) 1:30 +0:09
7. Ikonen Pasi (18th) 1:30 +0:09
8. Lundanes Olav (3rd) 1:31 +0:10
9. Rollier Baptiste (7th) 1:31 +0:10
10. Petrzela Jan (22nd) 1:32 +0:11
11. Johansson Fredrik (6th) 1:33 +0:12
28. Gueorgiou Thierry (1st) 1:39 +0:18
29. Nikolov Kiril (9th) 1:39 +0:18
36. Kyburz Matthias (5th) 1:43 +0:22
MEN: 16-17 (Total times)

1. Gueorgiou Thierry 54:56 +0:00
2. Lundanes Olav 55:30 +0:34
3. Hubmann Daniel 55:39 +0:43
4. Hertner Fabian 55:53 +0:57
5. Nikolov Kiril 56:59 +2:03
6. Dahlgren Filip 57:46 +2:50
7. Rollier Baptiste 58:03 +3:07
8. Johansson Fredrik 58:15 +3:19
9. Kerschbaumer Gernot 58:37 +3:41
10. Kyburz Matthias 58:55 +3:59
MEN: 17-18

Another short leg with small differences among the top runners.

MEN: 17-18 (Legtimes)

1. Lundanes Olav (3rd) 2:15 +0:00
2. Hubmann Daniel (2nd) 2:15 +0:00
3. Nikolov Kiril (9th) 2:15 +0:00
4. Siren Mikko (26th) 2:15 +0:00
5. Gueorgiou Thierry (1st) 2:16 +0:01
6. Kyburz Matthias (5th) 2:21 +0:06
7. Ikonen Pasi (18th) 2:22 +0:07
8. Petrzela Jan (22nd) 2:24 +0:09
9. Hertner Fabian (4th) 2:25 +0:10
10. Zinca Ionut Alin (12th) 2:25 +0:10
11. Kerschbaumer Gernot (8th) 2:26 +0:11
15. Johansson Fredrik (6th) 2:29 +0:14
17. Rollier Baptiste (7th) 2:30 +0:15
34. Dahlgren Filip (10th) 2:35 +0:20
MEN: 17-18 (Total times)

1. Gueorgiou Thierry 57:12 +0:00
2. Lundanes Olav 57:45 +0:33
3. Hubmann Daniel 57:54 +0:42
4. Hertner Fabian 58:18 +1:06
5. Nikolov Kiril 59:14 +2:02
6. Dahlgren Filip 60:21 +3:09
7. Rollier Baptiste 60:33 +3:21
8. Johansson Fredrik 60:44 +3:32
9. Kerschbaumer Gernot 61:03 +3:51
10. Kyburz Matthias 61:16 +4:04
MEN: Phi Loop

MEN: After Phi-Loop (Total times)

1. Gueorgiou Thierry 68:47 +0:00
2. Lundanes Olav 69:26 +0:39
3. Hubmann Daniel 69:38 +0:51
4. Hertner Fabian 71:51 +3:04
5. Nikolov Kiril 72:38 +3:51
6. Johansson Fredrik 72:41 +3:54
7. Rollier Baptiste 72:48 +4:01
8. Dahlgren Filip 73:13 +4:26
9. Kyburz Matthias 73:41 +4:54
10. Kerschbaumer Gernot 73:47 +5:00
MEN: 24-25

A leg taking the runners down towards the arena passage – no big differences among the top runners – and no route choices.

MEN: 24-25 (Legtimes)

1. Hubmann Daniel (2nd) 4:18 +0:00
2. Kyburz Matthias (5th) 4:19 +0:01
3. Hertner Fabian (4th) 4:20 +0:02
4. Siren Mikko (26th) 4:22 +0:04
5. Dahlgren Filip (10th) 4:23 +0:05
6. Ikonen Pasi (18th) 4:25 +0:07
7. Rollier Baptiste (7th) 4:27 +0:09
8. Gueorgiou Thierry (1st) 4:28 +0:10
9. Johansson Fredrik (6th) 4:28 +0:10
10. Zinca Ionut Alin (12th) 4:28 +0:10
11. Lundanes Olav (3rd) 4:29 +0:11
12. Kerschbaumer Gernot (8th) 4:30 +0:12
15. Nikolov Kiril (9th) 4:34 +0:16
MEN: 24-25 (Total times)

1. Gueorgiou Thierry 73:15 +0:00
2. Lundanes Olav 73:55 +0:40
3. Hubmann Daniel 73:56 +0:41
4. Hertner Fabian 76:11 +2:56
5. Johansson Fredrik 77:09 +3:54
6. Nikolov Kiril 77:12 +3:57
7. Rollier Baptiste 77:15 +4:00
8. Dahlgren Filip 77:36 +4:21
9. Kyburz Matthias 78:00 +4:45
10. Kerschbaumer Gernot 78:17 +5:02
MEN: 25-26

Another leg with easy orienteering towards the arena passage. Hubmann is 4 seconds faster than Lundanes here – passing Lundanes in the current standings and moving into silver position. Lundanes never gets past Hubmann again in the race.

MEN: 25-26 (Legtimes)

1. Kyburz Matthias (5th) 2:37 +0:00
2. Hubmann Daniel (2nd) 2:40 +0:03
3. Hertner Fabian (4th) 2:41 +0:04
4. Zinca Ionut Alin (12th) 2:42 +0:05
5. Gueorgiou Thierry (1st) 2:43 +0:06
6. Tranchand Frederic (14th) 2:43 +0:06
7. Lundanes Olav (3rd) 2:44 +0:07
8. Rollier Baptiste (7th) 2:44 +0:07
9. Dahlgren Filip (10th) 2:45 +0:08
10. Adamski Philippe (19th) 2:46 +0:09
17. Johansson Fredrik (6th) 2:51 +0:14
18. Kerschbaumer Gernot (8th) 2:51 +0:14
34. Nikolov Kiril (9th) 3:07 +0:30
MEN: 25-26 (Total times)

1. Gueorgiou Thierry 75:58 +0:00
2. Hubmann Daniel 76:36 +0:38
3. Lundanes Olav 76:39 +0:41
4. Hertner Fabian 78:52 +2:54
5. Rollier Baptiste 79:59 +4:01
6. Johansson Fredrik 80:00 +4:02
7. Nikolov Kiril 80:19 +4:21
8. Dahlgren Filip 80:21 +4:23
9. Kyburz Matthias 80:37 +4:39
10. Kerschbaumer Gernot 81:08 +5:10
MEN: 26-27

The leg to the spectator control. Lundanes actually lost 13 seconds on this easy leg; going from +40 seconds to +53 seconds. Again we see that it is the execution of quite easy legs which decide the race and not the longer route choice legs present in the course.

MEN: 26-27 (Legtimes)

1. Kyburz Matthias (5th) 1:02 +0:00
2. Zinca Ionut Alin (12th) 1:02 +0:00
3. Gueorgiou Thierry (1st) 1:03 +0:01
4. Hubmann Daniel (2nd) 1:03 +0:01
5. Rollier Baptiste (7th) 1:03 +0:01
6. Hertner Fabian (4th) 1:05 +0:03
7. Kerschbaumer Gernot (8th) 1:05 +0:03
8. Schgaguler Klaus (23rd) 1:05 +0:03
9. Bobach Christian (25th) 1:05 +0:03
10. Scherbakov Denys (36th) 1:05 +0:03
18. Lundanes Olav (3rd) 1:15 +0:13
34. Johansson Fredrik (6th) 1:24 +0:22
36. Dahlgren Filip (10th) 1:25 +0:23
59. Nikolov Kiril (9th) 1:43 +0:41
MEN: 26-27 (Total times)

1. Gueorgiou Thierry 77:01 +0:00
2. Hubmann Daniel 77:39 +0:38
3. Lundanes Olav 77:54 +0:53
4. Hertner Fabian 79:57 +2:56
5. Rollier Baptiste 81:02 +4:01
6. Johansson Fredrik 81:24 +4:23
7. Kyburz Matthias 81:39 +4:38
8. Dahlgren Filip 81:46 +4:45
9. Nikolov Kiril 82:02 +5:01
10. Kerschbaumer Gernot 82:13 +5:12
MEN: 27-28

Gueorgiou got some extra energy from the arena passage. Running with Zinca in tow, he wins the 1 kilometer long leg which includes a tough climb with 16 seconds ahead of Dæhlie. Hubmann loses 38 seconds – taking the same route as Gueorgiou. Lundanes takes a more straight route over a hill – losing signigicant time (1:06) and in practice the fight for gold and silver.

Several other top finishers also lose more than 45 seconds to Gueorgiou here – this is one of the strongest legs of Guoergiou in all of the course.

MEN: 27-28 (Legtimes)

1. Gueorgiou Thierry (1st) 7:29 +0:00
2. Zinca Ionut Alin (12th) 7:33 +0:04
3. Daehli Magne (11th) 7:45 +0:16
4. Johansson Fredrik (6th) 7:47 +0:18
5. Hertner Fabian (4th) 7:48 +0:19
6. Gonon Francois (13th) 8:01 +0:32
7. Kyburz Matthias (5th) 8:05 +0:36
8. Hubmann Daniel (2nd) 8:07 +0:38
9. Nikolov Kiril (9th) 8:15 +0:46
10. Kerschbaumer Gernot (8th) 8:17 +0:48
13. Dahlgren Filip (10th) 8:21 +0:52
19. Rollier Baptiste (7th) 8:30 +1:01
23. Lundanes Olav (3rd) 8:35 +1:06
MEN: 27-28 (Total times)

1. Gueorgiou Thierry 84:30 +0:00
2. Hubmann Daniel 85:46 +1:16
3. Lundanes Olav 86:29 +1:59
4. Hertner Fabian 87:45 +3:15
5. Johansson Fredrik 89:11 +4:41
6. Rollier Baptiste 89:32 +5:02
7. Kyburz Matthias 89:44 +5:14
8. Dahlgren Filip 90:07 +5:37
9. Nikolov Kiril 90:17 +5:47
10. Kerschbaumer Gernot 90:30 +6:00
MEN: 28-29

A short leg where Gueorgiou runs very fast.

MEN: 28-29 (Legtimes)

1. Zinca Ionut Alin (12th) 1:25 +0:00
2. Gueorgiou Thierry (1st) 1:26 +0:01
3. Lundanes Olav (3rd) 1:29 +0:04
4. Daehli Magne (11th) 1:30 +0:05
5. Hubmann Daniel (2nd) 1:32 +0:07
6. Hertner Fabian (4th) 1:32 +0:07
7. Kyburz Matthias (5th) 1:32 +0:07
8. Loesch Soeren (30th) 1:34 +0:09
9. Johansson Fredrik (6th) 1:39 +0:14
10. Tsvetkov Dmitriy (15th) 1:39 +0:14
17. Nikolov Kiril (9th) 1:47 +0:22
19. Kerschbaumer Gernot (8th) 1:48 +0:23
28. Rollier Baptiste (7th) 1:53 +0:28
53. Dahlgren Filip (10th) 2:13 +0:48
MEN: 28-29 (Total times)

1. Gueorgiou Thierry 85:56 +0:00
2. Hubmann Daniel 87:18 +1:22
3. Lundanes Olav 87:58 +2:02
4. Hertner Fabian 89:17 +3:21
5. Johansson Fredrik 90:50 +4:54
6. Kyburz Matthias 91:16 +5:20
7. Rollier Baptiste 91:25 +5:29
8. Nikolov Kiril 92:04 +6:08
9. Kerschbaumer Gernot 92:18 +6:22
10. Dahlgren Filip 92:20 +6:24
MEN: 29-30

Leg to the TV-control – the only leg on the last loop where Gueorgiou really loses time; here he loses 13 seconds to Mikko Siren who is fastest on the leg. 10 seconds to Lundanes and 9 seconds to Hubmann.

Gueorgiou is still in a clear lead, though – 1:13 ahead of Hubmann.

MEN: 29-30 (Legtimes)

1. Siren Mikko (26th) 1:59 +0:00
2. Kerschbaumer Gernot (8th) 2:00 +0:01
3. Lundanes Olav (3rd) 2:02 +0:03
4. Kyburz Matthias (5th) 2:02 +0:03
5. Hubmann Daniel (2nd) 2:03 +0:04
6. Dahlgren Filip (10th) 2:05 +0:06
7. Daehli Magne (11th) 2:06 +0:07
8. Zinca Ionut Alin (12th) 2:08 +0:09
9. Johansson Fredrik (6th) 2:09 +0:10
10. Loesch Soeren (30th) 2:09 +0:10
15. Gueorgiou Thierry (1st) 2:12 +0:13
17. Nikolov Kiril (9th) 2:13 +0:14
37. Hertner Fabian (4th) 2:24 +0:25
44. Rollier Baptiste (7th) 2:28 +0:29
MEN: 29-30 (Total times)

1. Gueorgiou Thierry 88:08 +0:00
2. Hubmann Daniel 89:21 +1:13
3. Lundanes Olav 90:00 +1:52
4. Hertner Fabian 91:41 +3:33
5. Johansson Fredrik 92:59 +4:51
6. Kyburz Matthias 93:18 +5:10
7. Rollier Baptiste 93:53 +5:45
8. Nikolov Kiril 94:17 +6:09
9. Kerschbaumer Gernot 94:18 +6:10
10. Dahlgren Filip 94:25 +6:17
MEN: 30-31

The leg after the TV control. Many runners stopped to read the map at the TV-control – it was not the most complex though. Gueorgiou has started his finish sprint and wins the leg ahead of strong finished Kyburz. Hubmann loses 5 seconds – Lundanes 14 seconds.

MEN: 30-31 (Legtimes)

1. Gueorgiou Thierry (1st) 2:54 +0:00
2. Kyburz Matthias (5th) 2:55 +0:01
3. Zinca Ionut Alin (12th) 2:56 +0:02
4. Hertner Fabian (4th) 2:58 +0:04
5. Hubmann Daniel (2nd) 2:59 +0:05
6. Daehli Magne (11th) 2:59 +0:05
7. Lundanes Olav (3rd) 3:08 +0:14
8. Kerschbaumer Gernot (8th) 3:08 +0:14
9. Johansson Fredrik (6th) 3:09 +0:15
10. Mihailovs Kalvis (21st) 3:10 +0:16
11. Nikolov Kiril (9th) 3:11 +0:17
12. Rollier Baptiste (7th) 3:12 +0:18
23. Dahlgren Filip (10th) 3:26 +0:32
MEN: 30-31 (Total times)

1. Gueorgiou Thierry 91:02 +0:00
2. Hubmann Daniel 92:20 +1:18
3. Lundanes Olav 93:08 +2:06
4. Hertner Fabian 94:39 +3:37
5. Johansson Fredrik 96:08 +5:06
6. Kyburz Matthias 96:13 +5:11
7. Rollier Baptiste 97:05 +6:03
8. Kerschbaumer Gernot 97:26 +6:24
9. Nikolov Kiril 97:28 +6:26
10. Dahlgren Filip 97:51 +6:49
MEN: 31-32

The next part of Gueorgiou’s finish sprint: 2 seconds faster than Hubmann – 10 faster than Lundanes.

MEN: 31-32 (Legtimes)

1. Gueorgiou Thierry (1st) 1:19 +0:00
2. Hubmann Daniel (2nd) 1:21 +0:02
3. Zinca Ionut Alin (12th) 1:21 +0:02
4. Kyburz Matthias (5th) 1:25 +0:06
5. Siren Mikko (26th) 1:26 +0:07
6. Simonin Nicolas (40th) 1:26 +0:07
7. Lundanes Olav (3rd) 1:29 +0:10
8. Mihailovs Kalvis (21st) 1:29 +0:10
9. Mamleev Mikhail (27th) 1:29 +0:10
10. Dahlgren Filip (10th) 1:30 +0:11
11. Hertner Fabian (4th) 1:32 +0:13
15. Johansson Fredrik (6th) 1:33 +0:14
21. Nikolov Kiril (9th) 1:35 +0:16
24. Rollier Baptiste (7th) 1:36 +0:17
29. Kerschbaumer Gernot (8th) 1:38 +0:19
MEN: 31-32 (Total times)

1. Gueorgiou Thierry 92:21 +0:00
2. Hubmann Daniel 93:41 +1:20
3. Lundanes Olav 94:37 +2:16
4. Hertner Fabian 96:11 +3:50
5. Kyburz Matthias 97:38 +5:17
6. Johansson Fredrik 97:41 +5:20
7. Rollier Baptiste 98:41 +6:20
8. Nikolov Kiril 99:03 +6:42
9. Kerschbaumer Gernot 99:04 +6:43
10. Dahlgren Filip 99:21 +7:00
MEN: 32-33

From the last control to the finish – again Gueorgiou is fastest. This proves that Gueorgiou was really the strongest long distance runner today. Both Hubmann and Lundanes lose 7(!) seconds!

MEN: 32-33 (Legtimes)

1. Gueorgiou Thierry (1st) 2:01 +0:00
2. Daehli Magne (11th) 2:02 +0:01
3. Lysell Jerker (32nd) 2:03 +0:02
4. Hertner Fabian (4th) 2:04 +0:03
5. Mihailovs Kalvis (21st) 2:06 +0:05
6. Siren Mikko (26th) 2:06 +0:05
7. Dallavalle Roberto (44th) 2:06 +0:05
8. Zinca Ionut Alin (12th) 2:07 +0:06
9. Hubmann Daniel (2nd) 2:08 +0:07
10. Lundanes Olav (3rd) 2:08 +0:07
12. Kyburz Matthias (5th) 2:09 +0:08
15. Johansson Fredrik (6th) 2:11 +0:10
19. Rollier Baptiste (7th) 2:12 +0:11
21. Kerschbaumer Gernot (8th) 2:13 +0:12
48. Nikolov Kiril (9th) 2:30 +0:29
49. Dahlgren Filip (10th) 2:30 +0:29
MEN: 32-33 (Total times)

1. Gueorgiou Thierry 94:22 +0:00
2. Hubmann Daniel 95:49 +1:27
3. Lundanes Olav 96:45 +2:23
4. Hertner Fabian 98:15 +3:53
5. Kyburz Matthias 99:47 +5:25
6. Johansson Fredrik 99:52 +5:30
7. Rollier Baptiste 100:53 +6:31
8. Kerschbaumer Gernot 101:17 +6:55
9. Nikolov Kiril 101:33 +7:11
10. Dahlgren Filip 101:51 +7:29

Favourite preview: Who will win WOC Long 2014?

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 08 Jul 2014@20:50

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[Start from 12:00 CET - last start at 15:12 CET] Thierry Gueorgiou, Daniel Hubmann, Olav Lundanes, Judith Wyder and Tove Alexandersson are the big favourites in the WOC long distance in Lavarone, Italy tomorrow. Read on to get the full background on the favourites – and see who the outsiders are.

This is the first forest race in this year’s World Championships – and as there is no qualification race, one will get no pre-warning as to the shape of the runners as one is used to from previous championships. The courses are long and tough – the men’s course being 16.36 km with 820 meters climb (estimated winning time on the high end; 97 minutes) and the women’s course being 11.0 km with 495 meters climb (estimated winning time 77 minutes).

How to follow the race

Live TV and live GPS tracking is provided through the new IOF live center portal (buy the WOC week pass or single passes here).  There will also be live results and live speaker sound (for free). Links:

Reigning champions: Thierry Gueorgiou and Simone Niggli

Reigning champions on the long distance from Vuokatti in 2013 are Thierry Gueorgiou and Simone Niggli. Back in Switzerland in 2012 Olav Lundanes and Simone Niggli took gold. Both Thierry Gueorgiou and Olav Lundanes are on the start line in WOC 2014 in Lavarone, Italy. Niggli on the other hand has retired after winning eight gold medals in WOC long distance since 2001 – the only other woman who has won WOC long earlier who is on the start list in Lavarone this year, is Annika Billstam (Sweden) – World Champion long distance 2011.

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(Note! Wrong flag for Emma Johansson in 7th place – should be Sweden!)

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Men: Gueorgiou, Hubmann or Lundanes?

The three biggest favourites in this race are probably Thierry Gueorgiou (France), Daniel Hubmann(Switzerland) and Olav Lundanes (Norway) – World Champions long distance from 2011/2013, 2008/2009 and 2010/2012 – respectively. Main outsiders are Fredrik Johansson (Sweden) who won bronze behind Hubmann and Lundanes at the European Championships in Portugal this spring, Jani Lakanen (Finland) – the World Champion long from 2006 who won silver in Vuokatti last year and Edgars Bertuks (Latvia) who has two bronze medals in a row in WOC long distance.

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Gueorgiou has several times said that he has run his last long distance race, as long distance is “boring” – but the reigning World Champion is yet another time at the start line in a World Championships long distance. Gueorgiou showed very impressive shape at this year’s Jukola relay – simply smashing the rest of the field on the last leg. After 84 minutes of running Fredrik Johansson was closest (at +2:53) with Olav Lundanes (+5:55) being the next on the list. Hubmann was more than 10 minutes behind – but was not fighting for victory.

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Hubmann is back at his very best this season after several years with injury problems making it necessary for him to reduce his amount of training. At the European Champs in Portugal Hubmann ran a great race at the long distance when he won the gold medal and Hubmann again showed on the sprint in Venice Saturday that his shape is perfect.

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Olav Lundanes broke off the 2013 season in early spring due to health problems, and has slowly built up to a shape which is good enough to fight for gold. At the European Champs in Portugal he won silver – the terrain in Lavarone should fit the strong Norwegian a lot better.

Both Hubmann, Lundanes and Gueorgiou have earlier shown that they have the physical and mental ability to get all the way to the top

Other outsiders: Valentin Novikov (Russia; has often had problems towards the end of the races – but should definitely be in the fight), Baptiste Rollier (Switzerland; often thought about as a middle distance specialist, but has a 4th place from WOC 2011 long distance and was on the way to something big on the World Cup long distance in Spain this spring which was cancelled due to removed controls).

Dark horses: Pasi Ikonen, Magne Dæhlie, Filip Dahlgren, Fabian Hertner, Matthias Kyburz, Dmitriy Tsvetkov, Francois Gonon.

Women: Alexandersson, Wyder, Billstam …?

With the two big favourites from last year – Simone Niggli and Minna Kauppi – not on the start line, the long distance is more open than it has been for years.  The two big favourites this year are Swiss Judith Wyder and Swedish Tove Alexandersson.

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Wyder was the Queen of EOC 2014 in Portugal – nearly taking over where Simone Niggli left off – the long distance giving her one of the gold medals in Portugal. Wyder has also showed excellent shape so far in WOC 2014 winning two gold medals in to tries.

Alexandersson has the highest speed in the field, and if she runs a mistake-free race nobody should be able to beat here. At the World Cup long distance in Kongsberg earlier this year she did just that – and won a clear victory. In the World Cup long distance in Spain ahead of EOC she was down in 17th place and EOC long distance only brought her a 16th place. Also, Alexandersson has been reported to have stomach problems ahead of the long distance – but is still going to start.

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Outsiders: In addition to these two main favourites, we have several strong outsiders. Annika Billstam – the World Champion long distance from 2011 has not been running much on international level this year, but has been preparing specifically for this championships. Another strong outsider is Ida Bobach. Although middle is her strongest discipline, the Danish WOC-silver medalist over middle distance from 2011 in France showed very good long distance shape in the World Cup in Kongsberg this spring – finishing second behind Tove Alexandersson. Also look out for the third Swede on the starting line – Lena Eliasson. Eliasson is in great shape – and if she manages to keep cool through all of the race she will be a clear medal candidate. The terrain should fit Eliasson quite well.

Other outsiders are the EOC medalists Cat Taylor and Svetlana Miranova. Both are stronger in the terrain type met at EOC in Portugal – but they may very well mix into the fight for medals also in Lavarone.

Dark horses: Mari Fasting, Eva Jurenikova, Sofia Haajanen, Emma Klingenberg, Anastasiya Tikhonova.

WOC 2014: All You Need to Know!

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 04 Jul 2014@12:00

StampaThe World Orienteering Championships starts on Saturday July 5th at 09:00 CET with sprint qualification in Burano – an island outside Venice. The first medals are fought for in the sprint final in Venice in the afternoon – with start from 15:20 CET.

The championships continue with Mixed sprint relay in Trento on Monday, Long distance in Lavarone on Wednesday, Middle distance in Asiago on Friday and finally a forest relay in Asiago on Sunday. Note that this is the first year without qualification races in long and middle. Even though the number of races is reduced, several runners have decided that it is too much to run all races – the long distance typically being the race which is skipped by some.

The first medals are fought for in the sprint final in Venice

Live services: How to follow the competitions

For spectators – either in the arena or at home through the Internet – the World Championships in Italy should be excellent. Live TV and live GPS tracking is provided from all races (except for the sprint qualification) through the new IOF live center portal – you should buy a week pass for Euro 16.70 if you plan to watch more than a few races (buy the WOC week pass or single passes here).  There will also be live results and live speaker sound (for free). In addition to the live TV being available through the IOF live portal, WOC will also be broadcast live in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Czech Republic, France and Switzerland. Highlights will be available in the US, New Zealand and Australia and Italy.

Links:

live in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Czech Republic, France and Switzerland. Highlights will be available in the US, New Zealand and Australia and, of course, Ital
WOC 2014 Detailed program

All times are given in CET.

  • Saturday July 5th 09:00: Sprint qualification / 15:20: Sprint final (until 17:25)
  • Monday July 7th 17:25: Mixed sprint relay
  • Wednesday July 9th 1200: Long final  (until 16:55)
  • Friday July 11th 12:00: Middle final  (until 16:55)
  • Saturday July 12th 13:00: Relay (until 16:20)

Startlists are typically available after the teamleader meeting the evening before the event – expect to see them around 20:00 CET.  From the sprint qualification, 15 runners go on to the finals in each heat.

Useful links
WOC Teams – sorted by country

Note that all teams have received login information to update the athlete data / profile miniature picture. If you are a competitor and have not received a link, please contact your team leader.

Argentina Australia Austria
Azerbaijan Belgium Belarus
Bulgaria Canada Chile
China Colombia Croatia
Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark
Ecuador Spain Estonia
Finland France Great Britain
Germany Hong Kong Hungary
Ireland Israel Italy
Japan South Korea Latvia
Lithuania Moldova Macedonia
Montenegro Netherlands Norway
New Zealand Poland Portugal
DPR Korea Romania South Africa
Russia Slovenia Serbia
Switzerland Slovakia Sweden
Chinese Taipei Turkey Ukraine
Uruguay United States
Terrain

Two different terrain types will be featured in forest parts of WOC 2014. The long distance terrain is hilly with quite good runnability – featuring many route choice possibilities.  The middle/relay terrain is more technical and partly also stony with the runnability being quite bad at places.  The sprint parts of the championships will be in very interesting and picturesque areas. The highlight is of course Venice with its canals. See below for old maps and more details about each discipline.

WOC Long

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Reigning champions are Thierry Gueorgiou and Simone Niggli.

WOC Sprint

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Reigning champions are Mårten Boström and Simone Niggli.

WOC Middle

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Reigning champions are Leonid Novikov and Minna Kauppi.

WOC Relay

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Reigning champions are Russia and Norway.

The terrain for the relay is the same as for the middle distance.

Mixed sprint relay

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The mixed sprint relay is new on the WOC program.

Future JWOC: Sprint relay, long distance qualification or …?

Posted by Jan Kocbach, 18 Jun 2014@5:00

What will the future Junior World Orienteering Championships (JWOC) look like? The future JWOC program could become a carbon copy of the World Orienteering Championships (WOC) program: Introducing a mixed sprint relay and introducing a quota system for the forest races. Or it may stay exactly like it is today.

Probably the final solution will be somewhere in between. Aron Less (Hungary), member of the IOF Foot-O Commission, will head a project group which is responsible for looking into a new program. The project group is formed of former JWOC participants (current elite athletes), junior and senior coaches, past and future JWOC organisers, and other experts.

Read on for an interview with Aron Less on why JWOC is evaluated – and what the IOF hopes to achieve.

Q: There are many conservative people within the orienteering community who say that “JWOC is perfect as it is today”. In your opinion, what are the most important reasons for changing JWOC?

I remember that when the sprint was introduced into the program in 2006, a lot of people were skeptical about it

JWOC did not change much in the last 20 years. I remember that when the sprint was introduced into the program in 2006, a lot of people were skeptical about it. As it turned out, the event was a huge success. In everyday life, I also share the quote “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, but one has to understand, that it’s the changes that drive the world forward. Just look at the recent introduction of sprint relay: Most orienteers were against its introduction into the WOC-program, as the concept was not tested. When they tried it out – some real head-to-head racing at overspeed – they become addicted.

The project is not necessarily looking to change something concerning JWOC. The expectations of a high-level sports event are different to what they used to be 10 or 20 years ago. We have to comply as do other sports, making sure of keeping the core values of orienteering. I fully agree that currently JWOC is a good product, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be improved.

Q: The JWOC long distance race is in today’s program open for all JWOC attendants – without any qualification or quotas. Some find it charming that the competition lasts for more than 7(!) hours – but this obviously has challenges for the organizers and it may impact the fairness of the competition (tracks, weather etc.). Is this a real problem – and what are the possible options for the long distance?

The current format of the JWOC long distance has a long history of unfair races with changing condition

The current format of the JWOC long distance has a long history of unfair races with changing conditions. In 2009 (Italy) and 2012 (Slovakia) the thunderstorms made it difficult for some of the juniors to fulfil their dreams. The JWOC long distance will also be up in the mountains in 2015 and 2016, where there is also a risk, that considerable tracks will appear for the later starters. A 7-hour race can also become rather boring after a while. It’s not the Tour de France, where you know, that most of the action will happen in the final hour. The JWOC long distance can certainly be developed to be more spectator friendly. Also for some of the competitors, the goal is more like “surviving” the course, not the result itself.

Q: Have you got any ideas as to how to develop the long distance in JWOC?

Juniors would be able to qualify to the Long “A”-final through the middle distance competition

One possibility is to have a qualification race (or races). This need not be a stand alone race, but juniors would be able to qualify to the Long “A”-final through the middle distance competition. The Long A-final would be run by 60 runners from the Middle A-Final, the 15 best from the Middle B-Final and the 5 best from the Middle C-Final – 80 runners in total. Places 16-60 in the Middle B-Final plus places 6-20 from Middle C-final would run the Long B-final. With 80 runners in the A-Final, the competition takes about 4 hours (with 2 minutes starting interval) which is reasonable for runners, teams, spectators and media. Starting order with start groups (early, middle, late), to avoid the same starting order as in middle distance.

Another possibility is to develop some kind of quota system as is used for WOC. Every nation would have have a guaranteed starting place in the Long “A”-final, plus additional national quota could be secured from past JWOCs and from previous races during the week.

Finally one intersting idea could be to introduce a mixed sprint relay for the day after the long distance, which could mean that some competitors would opt to miss the long distance in order to focus on the sprint relay and get a better result there.

Q: Do you think the JWOC program can have more races than it has today – or are we at the maximum?

It would be nice to have more diversity in the events, but will it compromise the starting fields too much?

I believe that running 5 races with maximum focus in one event is probably the limit for a competitor. If a new event would be introduced (even if it as short a a sprint relay), there is a possibiliy that people will start to miss some of the races and begin to specialize at such an early age. It would be nice to have more diversity in the events, but will it compromise the starting fields too much? Are the organisers ready to put in one more event into an already heavy schedule? These are some of the questions we are looking into and would really appreciate the views of current and recent JWOC competitors, coaches and anyone else interested!

Q: TV seems to be a very important issue when considering the WOC program – and last year some of the JWOC races were broadcast in Czech Television. Do you think “TV-friendliness” is something which must be taken into account for JWOC?

TV costs a hell of a lot of money

TV costs a hell of a lot of money. TV also needs special expertise, special course planning, etc. – if you want to make it really worth the money. You need a lot of sponsorship for TV – or very good connections to the local TV-company like Finland and Czech Repubic has. Some of the current JWOC events are not at all TV-friendly: long and sprint are impossible to cover. I believe that for now, we have to treat TV as a nice extra service.

Q: You were the IOF Senior Event Adviser of the successful JWOC in Czech Republic in 2013. Did you see special issues there which you think need to be “fixed”?

I was really lucky with the organisers in Hradec Králové as they had a very high ambition level and had the sufficient manpower to carry out their plans. The program was pretty tough and the rest day was much needed for both competitors and organisers,

Also the preparations for the Bulgarian JWOC in Borovets in late July are on track, so I’m confident that we are about to witness another fantastic experience!

Top photo: Junior World Champion Miri Thrane Ødum. Photo JWOC 2013.

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