Anne Margrethe Hausken and Damien Renard had spectacular mistakes running to the wrong controls – making it extra interesting for the viewers to follow the GPS tracking from todays Norwegian Champs middle distance. Both were very much in the fight for the medals when they did bit mistakes. In the end Marianne Andersen and Anders Skarholt took the gold medals after very good races – and excitement all the way to the finish. Replay the action – and see the challenges the runners met below.
Results – W21
1 Andersen,Marianne Konnerud IL 36:28 + 00:00
2 Weltzien,Ingunn Hultgreen Tyrving, IL 36:55 + 00:27
3 Sandstad,Hanne Freidig, SPK 38:07 + 01:39
4 Hagman,Line NTNUI 38:08 + 01:40
5 Bjørgul,Ida Marie Næss Halden SK 38:33 + 02:05
6 Nielsen,Mali NTNUI 38:40 + 02:12
7 Bagstevold,Heid Østlid Kongsberg OL 38:58 + 02:30
8 Moe,Lene Jorunn Nydalens SK 39:35 + 03:07
9 Hausken,Anne Margrethe Halden SK 40:16 + 03:48
10 Moen,Ellen Nydalens SK 40:33 + 04:05
Results – M21
1 Skarholt,Anders Asker SK 40:20 + 00:00
2 Wingstedt,Emil Tobias Halden SK 40:54 + 00:34
3 Lundanes,Olav Halden SK 41:24 + 01:04
4 Weltzien,Audun Tyrving, IL 41:56 + 01:36
5 Skjeset,Lars NTNUI 42:06 + 01:46
6 Hott,Holger Kristiansand OK 42:14 + 01:54
7 Østerbø,Øystein Kvaal Wing OK 42:26 + 02:06
8 Renard,Damien Kristiansand OK 43:24 + 03:04
9 Sørensen,Øystein Ås-UMB Orientering 44:38 + 04:18
10 Pedersen,Jon Halden SK 44:41 + 04:21
1. Linnea Gustavsson OK Hällen 34:17 +00:00
2. Karolina A. Höjsgaard Domnarvets GOIF 34:55 +00:38
3. Signe Søes IFK Lidingös Skid o OK 34:56 +00:39
4. Lina Strand Göteborg-Majorna OK 35:33 +01:16
5. Maria Magnusson Sävedalens AIK 35:41 +01:24
6. Gunilla Svärd IF Thor 36:01 +01:44
7. Camilla Berglund Sävedalens AIK 36:43 +02:26
8. Lina Bäckström Domnarvets GOIF 36:47 +02:30
9. Malin Sand IFK Lidingös Skid o OK 37:12 +02:55
10. Frida Aspnäs OK Kolmården 37:14 +02:57
Results – M21 – Swedish Champs Middle
1. Peter Öberg OK Hällen 33:32 +00:00
2. David Andersson Malungs OK Skogsmårdarna 33:36 +00:04
3. Tomas Stenström OK Linné 35:49 +02:17
4. Marcus Millegård Sävedalens AIK 35:51 +02:19
5. Tobias Noborn IFK Göteborg 35:54 +02:22
6. Jan Troeng OK Linné 36:12 +02:40
7. William Lind Malungs OK Skogsmårdarna 36:41 +03:09
8. David Bejbom Vänersborgs SK 36:45 +03:13
9. Pavlo Ushkvarok Stora Tuna OK 37:10 +03:38
10. Johan Modig OK Pan-Kristianstad 37:20 +03:48
Results – Swiss Champs Sprint men
Herren Elite (2,9 km/52 m Steigung/17 Posten):
1. Daniel Hubmann (Eschlikon) 12:43.
2. Matthias Merz (Beinwil am See) 0:12 zurück.
3. Fabian Hertner (Liestal) 0:28.
4. Marc Lauenstein (Peseux) 0:41.
5. Matthias Müller (Oberwil-Lieli) 0:45.
6. Davis Schneider (Wil SG) 0:46.
From 14:20 CET today live GPS tracking is offered from the Norwegian Champs Middle distance (first start is 13:00 CET for the elite). For the Swedish Champs Middle there is live speaker sound with Per Forsberg (start elite from 12:00 CET) and live results.
For the Swiss Champs Sprint (start elite from 17:45 CET) and the German Champs Relay (start 13:00 CET) there does not seem to be any live results, but results will probably be posted quite soon on the organizers webpages.
Tomorrow there is then Norwegian and Swedish Champs relay, Swiss Champs Long and Belgian Champs Long and more (see links below). There are probably more national championships going on this weekend as well – please post info and link as a comment below if you know about any – or if you know about live results / tracking of any of the above.
[Updated with GPS tracking video] There were some interesting long legs in todays Norwegian Champs Long. Draw your choice first – and take a look at what the best did at the GPS Tracking afterwards. Above you see the most problematic control for the women in todays long distance – control number 7.
The below video shows GPS tracking for a few selected legs in the mens race using the mass-start mode, i.e. you can see who is fastest on each route. It is especially interesting to see the leg to the 10th control where going right seems very fast until Wingstedt gets stuck in the last steep hill.
1 Andersen,Marianne Konnerud IL 1:11:51 + 00:00
2 Bagstevold,Heidi Østlid Kongsberg OL 1:13:03 + 01:12
3 Hausken,Anne Margrethe Halden SK 1:13:29 + 01:38
4 Jahren,Silje Ekroll Raumar OL 1:14:51 + 03:00
5 Weltzien,Ingunn Tyrving, IL 1:15:36 + 03:45
6 Fasting,Mari Mathisen NTNUI 1:15:50 + 03:59
7 Bjørgul,Ida Marie Næss Halden SK 1:16:53 + 05:02
8 Reenaas,Marte Wing OK 1:17:04 + 05:13
9 Nielsen,Mali NTNUI 1:18:03 + 06:12
10 Klechova,Vendula Halden SK 1:18:25 + 06:34
1 Lundanes,Olav Halden SK 1:36:40 + 00:00
2 Østerbø,Øystein Kvaal Wing OK 1:43:26 + 06:46
3 Lucasen,Håvard Ås-UMB Orientering 1:43:58 + 07:18
4 Wingstedt,Emil Tobias Halden SK 1:44:09 + 07:29
5 Pedersen,Jon Halden SK 1:45:42 + 09:02
6 Urset,Gjermund Alfonsson Bul-Tromsø, IL i 1:45:56 + 09:16
7 Ivarsson,Johan Erik Freidig, SPK 1:46:11 + 09:31
8 Hott,Holger Kristiansand OK 1:46:17 + 09:37
9 Skjeset,Lars NTNUI 1:47:10 + 10:30
10 Svensen,Eirik Martens Kristiansand OK 1:48:09 + 11:29
The Norwegian Champs start with the long distance today – expect some interesting long legs in the terrain around Ålen south of Trondheim. If you’ve got some time around 14:30 CET it will probably be interesting to watch the last part of the womens race – and the last part of the mens race from around 15:30 CET. The first start is at 12:12 CET.
This will be the first test of live GPS tracking with the new units the Norwegian Orienteering Federation have bought, using the GPSSeuranta system. Today 30 units are planned to be deployed.
There will also be live results available – the link should be available at the page of the Norwegian Champs soon.
Thierry Gueorgiou, Martin Johansson, the Secretary General of WOC 2009, Matthias Merz, Simone Niggli and hundreds of orienteers have written their opinion about the WOC 2009 relay. The orienteering community also got the possibility to give their opinion through a poll. Now it is time to wrap it all up – and get on with the next races!
Let us start with a quick recap of the facts:
Martin Johansson (Sweden) runs ahead of Thierry Gueorgiou (France) and Anders Norberg (Norway) on the way to the 13th control in the WOC 2009 Relay. Michal Smola (Czech Republic) is some seconds behind in fourth spot.
Johansson gets a stick 10-12 cm into his leg, and cries loudly. Gueorgiou approaches him first, and stops to help. Soon Nordberg also comes along – and then Michal Smola. All three give up their chances for medals in order to help Johansson.
The other teams continue their races, unaware of the drama with Johansson. In the end medals go to Switzerland, Russia and Finland – before that the Swiss team went to the organizers and said that they didn’t feel like winners. No formal complaints were delivered to the organizers by any parties, though.
There were two options for the outcome of the relay: Either let the results stand, or cancel the results, by deeming it ‘unfair’ based on IOF Foot-O Competition Rules 26.13 [“The organiser must void a competition if at any point it becomes clear that circumstances have arisen which make the competition unfair or dangerous for the competitors.”]. It was decided to let the result stand.
How it happened: The Stories from Involved Parties
Here some of the stories from the involved parties about how it happened (Note! Emphasis and translations are done by me). Follow the links to get the full stories:
Martin Johansson: With myself as the only witness so just after the 12th post I speeded up running downhill and suddenly something smashed my right quadriceps and I tried to continue for some steps but I had to stop. Then I saw a big branch sticking out, I sat down and felt on the branch, it was not moving. I almost panicked and assuming it was going to get bloody like in a bad splatter movie. Then I saw Thierry and I yelled at him to help. Anders come some seconds later and after a while also Michael Smola come and he stopped instantly. I remember I told them to continue to run but they all refused. That I’m happy about because during the time they helped me I passed out several times. They removed the branch and stopped the bleeding with the GPS vest and the French sweater and Thierry measured that the branch got 12 cm in. They took me down to the road and Anders run away to get some help from the arena.
Thierry Gueorgiou: At the 12th control, we were three (Martin, Anders and me) within 100 meters gap. After a tough climb, we were running along the slope and we were all increasing the speed. I was running in parallel with Martin some 30 meters higher on the slope when I heard him yelling. I looked at him and thought that he twisted his ankle, or something like this, as he was standing on the ground. At that time, we knew that the situation was critical. My concentration raised 100 times higher than 3 minutes ago when we were running the WOC relay. We decided to take away the branch, hoping that no artery would be damaged. Michal came at that time and immediately decided to stop even if we told him to continue. As far as I remember, I told him something like “Just run, you’ll be World Champion…” [...]
We found quickly some hiker’s couple with a mobile phone. But that was the most stupid situation you can imagine. No one of us manage to remember a number to call in the finish area. Finally, Michal called a friend living in Czech republic who called their national coach, Radek. At the same time, Anders was also running to the finish arena. [Comment from editor: Imagine the bizarre situation when Michal calls his friend who is watching the WOC Relay via the Internet. - It is Michal calling. I am in the forest running the WOC Relay...]
The Secretary General of WOC 2009: I was warned quite early by one of the refreshment guards by phone, that a big accident happened to the Swedish runner on the course. He lost consciousness and needs medical treatment asap. In 5 minutes, I was on site with an ambulance car. Being the first car there was quite a special situation. The situation was much better, than expected – Johansson did not lose his consciousness, but had big pain in his leg. Thierry Gueorgiou was holding his hand strongly and they all were quite relieved, when we arrived. Johansson managed to talk to us and in under 10 minutes, he was inside the ambulance car. The strange thing is, that we had 3 other accidents happening at the same time, but fortunately none of them was like this.
Matthias Merz: Shortly after the finish line I can not believe it. My first thought is that I have left out a control. It is impossible that I should pass that many stron runners without seeing then. But everything is alright. We have won…,
Soon there are rumors. The joy diminishes. What happened? Is somebody in real danger? More teams run into the finish and fight for positions. The atmosphere is strange. Nobody knows anything, and a few rumors going around. The joy is gone. For me it is very important that the situation is understood properly. I had no idea about the accident, and saw nobody. Of course I had stopped and helped – I would have been more happy with that than to win!
Reactions from the involved parties about the result
Many of the involved parties have expressed their opinion of the matter. Below some of the opinions are collected (emphasis are again mine):
Martin Johansson: A time like this you get remained that still sports is just a game. I’m enormously thankful and happy that those who for some minutes where my worst competitors and I’m theirs decided to abort the hunt for gold and in a moment changed to help me with determination and efficiency. Anders, Michal, Thierry, THANKS for the high moral and sportsmanship you all showed in your acting’s! Unfortunately I can’t give them any medals but they have my greatest respect as sportsmen and humans. I hope many more agrees with that.
Thierry Gueorgiou: Of course, I will never blame Martin. I have much respect for him and spending a night at his parent’s place this winter was a good memory. Our medals are now at somebody else’s home, but I am use to deal with this frustration. What makes me most sad is that the great performance from Philippe and François weren’t reward. I would have appreciated to see the result list canceled. Organizers and IOF did some kind of compromise during the ceremony, while not putting the medal around competitor’s neck, but then what’s the meaning of those medals now? Half-value or no value at all? To be honest, I don’t really care and get bored about all those discussions, I am not doing orienteering for the medal ceremonies; I am doing that mostly for emotions. And, thanks to Martin, I got more adrenalin that day than in any other WOC races. I guess I’ll remember that day a long time.
The Secretary General of WOC 2009: When I got back to the finish (~ 1 km), my humanic side insisted, that their is no possibility to have the race results as they are. In the meantime I knew, that the situation is not that easy.
The Organising Committee immediately started talks about what to do with the situation. The IOF Sports Director came to us immediately, telling that the IOF’s view is that this is a very sad situation, but a result is a result, and it should be kept. It was quite clear, that we only have two very simple options:
1. Cancel the results, as it was ‘unfair’ in a way (based on IOF Foot-O Competition Rules 26.13.).
2. Keep the results as they are and give recognition to the teams involved. We knew, that whichever decision we take, there will be a lot of people, who are clearly against the decision.
First, we asked the three teams’ officials involved in the rescuing mission, but they didn’t give any clear answer. Then we asked the three teams, who eventually got onto the podium because of the situation. Two of these teams were hesitant about what to do (they wanted to talk to their runners first), the third one was clearly in favour of keeping the results (his competitors were not happy of the medal they earned this way, though). So we got no clear input from the teams. As time was passing quite fast, and the Organising Committee itself was divided in the question, we decided to have a vote. The vote resulted in a tie, and thus the Chairman’s vote was decisive – and it was to keep the results as they are.
I informed all the teams involved about the decision, and we agreed with those, who happened to be on the podium, that they will not cheer, not stand up on the podium and will receive their medals in their hands. At that time, they seemed to have all agreed on the situation. Two of the three teams involved in the rescue mission were a bit upset though, when they heard about the decision. They wanted to hand in a protest (referring to section 26.13. in the IOF Competition Rules), but after some talks, they decided not to hand in the protest.
Once again, I must say, that it was a very strange situation, where any solution would be far from ideal. We tried to follow the rules as much as possible, but still the communication now is more negative, than it was in the arena.
A lot of team leaders came over to me (Sweden included), that we made the right decision. Cruel as it is, but I’m quite convinced, that had it been the other way round, we would have received much more criticism overall.
We, the WOC2009 Organising Committee still think, that this decision – although still not a good solution – was better than the other one.
Matthias Merz: We discussed a long time what to do. In the end we decided that we should go to the organizers and tell them that we didn’t feel as winner. The organizers though, wanted to let the competition result stand. For myself, it would have been best if the race was canceled. I would not be able to be happy about this kind of gold medal anyway. We did not deserve it. From this relay, the
exemplary act should be remembered – the result is not important.
The French Orienteering Federation: The FFCO does not understand the stand taken by the IOF on the events that took place during the last stretch of the Relay at the World Championships.
Indeed, what happened cannot be considered as a race fact, on the one hand because it epitomizes the fair play spirit that should be shared by all orienteers in the world, on the other hand because it influenced dramatically the final result of the race. This is why the FFCO thinks the right decision to make would have been not to constitute any prize list for the Relay 2009.This decision would have been the only one worthy of the three athletes who were the first ones to give up on the ranking to rescue another contender. Besides, in doing so, the IOF would have sent a strong message in placing fair play and ethics above results. Instead of doing so, the IOF has not made any decision, but paid tribute to the heroes of the day in a speech delivered during the award ceremony. They might have been expecting the winners to give up on their title and all that comes with it. But this did not happen. In the minutes following the event, numerous discussions took place between the team managers, the organizers and the IOF. Several ideas came up, one of them being to replay the Relay, later on in the year, on the occasion of the World Cup Final in Switzerland. It was suggested the Norwegian team and the French team managers should lodge a complaint but the rules did not allow it, in this case. Moreover, it appeared that this responsibility fell not on the contending nations but on the ruling body of International Orienteering. The IOF should have displayed political courage under such exceptional circumstances.
On that very day, the French Team managers handed out a written statement to the IOF President to express their views on the matter.The French Federation thinks the Relay should not be re-run later on (which would cause the race to be erased from history). The race should be remembered for the outstanding attitude displayed by the three athletes who embodied the orienteering ethical values thoroughly. The race and the orienteering values will be best remembered if the results are overruled and therefore no result appears on the 2009 Relay Prize List.
The Norwegian Orienteering Federation:- When the organizers did not cancel the relay, the IOF should have canceled, says the president of the Norwegian Orienteerding Federation Elin Drange. The Norwegian Federation also discussed with team manager Petter Thoresen if Norway formally should deliver a complaint. - Unfortunately not all countries agreed with us that the relay should have been canceled. 39 countries were participating, and there were many different opinions about the incident. Therefore it had been unfortunate it only Norway, Sweden, Czech Republic and France would have done this, Drange explains. [...] - We will not do anything more formally. We do not in any way wish that the medals are delivered back, Drange explains.
The orienteering community’s opinion
A poll was set up at World of O to see the orienteering community’s opinion. [Note! Now updated with final poll results compared to the original published article.]
The matter has also been discussed in a lot of different forums on the Internet. Below some of them are listed:
So what was the right decision in the case of the WOC 2009 Relay? All agree that Gueorgiou, Nordberg and Smola did the right (and natural) thing by stopping and helping Johansson. But should the race have been canceled or not? No matter which decision would have been chosen, many would have deemed it the wrong decision. The organizers had to decide from two options – none of which felt like the right decision.
Now the relay has two different sets of winners: On the one side Gueorgiou, Nordberg and Smola – on the other side the Swiss Team who came first to the finish. None of them feel like winners, though. The incident will be discussed for still many weeks, months and years to come – and just as nobody feels like winners in the relay, there is no decision which really feels like the correct decision.
So – let us get on with orienteering!
Last leg – 5th control: The real decisive moment
Most of the focus inn all the pages that have been written about the WOC Relay has (naturally) been on what happened to Martin Johansson between the 12th and 13th control. However, as some commentators point out, the decisive moment in both relays was actually at the 5th control of the last leg with control code 112 (see map extract with tracking for all men/women overlayed above) – so let us take a look at that before finishing the discussion about the WOC 2009 Relay.
First the mens relay. When approaching the 5th control, Thierry Gueorgiou of France was in the lead with around 30 seconds based on the GPS Tracking (see video above). - [...] it would have been nicer if I would have seen the same thing than the mapmaker here. I was standing for more than 2 minutes with no idea where to look for the control – first time I got such feeling in a WOC race,Thierry Gueorgiou writes at his website about this incident. Johansson got a lead of nearly 90 seconds after this control – a lead which Gueorgiou and Nordberg just managed to catch up ahead of control number 12 (partly due to a big mistake by Johansson at control number 10).
In Orienteering there are always a lot of “what if’s” – and this one at the WOC 2009 Relay is one of the big ones: – What if the problematic 5th control had not been so hidden in an area where it was difficult to relate the map to the terrain for many of the runners? Would Gueorgiou have been ahead of Johansson at the 12th control? Nobody knows ; however, the 5th control was surely a very decisive moment in the relay.
Enter the womens race. Again the same control. Simone Niggli and Minna Kauppi approach the control together – about 30 seconds ahead of Helena Jansson and two minutes ahead of Marianne Andersen and Dana Brozkova. Leaving the control, there is a mass start with four of them – the only one who is left out of the fun is Niggli who after the control is 2 minutes behind the other four teams, loosing a total of 4:30 at the 5th control.
Simone Niggli writes at her webpage: - From above I run with compass down the hill, and I found that it was very difficult to see the edge of the green area. [...] I run down in high spiris, but I could not find the control. Minna also started to search for the control, and because I knew that I was close to the control, I scoured the area. Soon the chasers came along, Sweden, Norway and the Czech Republic. They also wandered around, and soon I didn’t know what to do. It was no help running to the path as it was straight and would not be able to help. I also tried it with the single tree which was really close to the control, but also nothing. Suddenly I saw that the others started running determinedly uphill. I followed them a few steps – but soon understood that they were on the way to the next control. Shit – back again, and after further costly seconds I suddenly saw the control behind a green bush in a hole. A small consolation after the race were the reaction of the other runners and those who had subsequently gone to look at the control. A not 100% fair control, but unfortunately that didn’t help a lot…
I was out checking the control after the race, and actually searched for between 5 and 10 minutes before finding it – all the time searching within 30-40 meters radius. In the end I gave up, and stumbled over the control just when I was leaving as I was sure the organizers had removed the control. Well hidden in the green – but approximately in the right place according to the map. The area was full of paths going back and forth – lots of runners had obviously been searching here. The control was probably in the correct place, but extremely difficult to see…
For many both runners and spectators the Relay is the climax of the World Orienteering Championships. The 2008 edition of the WOC Relay was one of the most exciting in the orienteering history – especially the mens class. This year the French team is surely ready to get the medal they lost last year. The Swiss, however, have proven extremely strong so far in the championships. And what can the Scandinavian countries do in this Hungarian terrain? The Finnish men have yet to show their full potential – and the Norwegian team is still without a medal.
In the womens class, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Switzerland are the biggest favourites. Australia might however also be in on the medal fight – so might Russia and Czech Republic. And can China manage to improve their 7th place from 2008?
There are three legs in both the mens and womens classes. The men have a shorter leg first (6.0 km, 36 minutes), and then two legs of around 8.7-8.7 km (53 minutes). The women also start with a shorter leg (4.9 km, 32 minutes) – the last two legs being 6.9 (43 minutes) and 7.2 (45 minutes) respectively.
Another useful resource is the World of O Runners WOC history page – giving you all the best WOC results for each discipline sorted by country. Who is the best placed Latvian in the Long distance ever? Of course you knew: Ants Grende in 1993. (Note! As you see in the comments, a Latvian runner was better placed in 1989, but she was then running for Russia). We will also try to update these pages during the championships.
#WOC2009 @ Twitter
Follow the action in at the World Orienteering Champs through Twitter. Below the latest Tweets for #WOC2009 are shown in the LiveBlog. Your tweets including the hash-tag #woc2009 will also show up below. There is also a mobile version of the LiveBlog here.
The first two days are the most important ones for many of the smaller orienteering nations – then we have qualifications in Middle and Long distance. The first final is the Middle final at Wednesday – whereas the Long final is the last competition in this World Orienteering Champs at Sunday August 23rd.
Sunday 16.08: Middle Qualification, 10:00-12:00 CET
The terrain for all competitions except for the long final and the sprint is described as non-typical karst with a small number of negative features and many point objects. The terrain is quite hilly, and the competitions will be physically though. For the sprint, the terrain is describes as semi-urban with many paths and some erosion features. The long distance final is the most special terrain ? with many negative features and quite stony.
GPS Tracking, Live results and Live tracking
There will be live GPS Tracking form the middle final, long final and relay. Note that GPS-tracking is a pay-service, and you will have to buy a code before you can view the tracking. Tracking is available through www.smartway.hu.
In addition to GPS Tracking, there will be live results, the organizers provide live text commentary, and maps will be presented in RouteGadget after the competitions.
Sunday July 18th at 08:00 CET the mixed Relay in the World Games starts. There will again be LiveBlog, Live video streaming, GPS tracking and online results – so expect a nice Saturday morning from the World Games. The same map as for the middle distance will be used – that is it will be a relay with sprint character. Still we saw quite a few mistakes in the middle distance – so there may be decisive mistakes in the relay as well. [See bottom of the page for LiveBlog]
3 Czech Republic
5 Great Britain
13 Chinese Taipei
15 New Zealand
Stories about World Games to check out
2009-07-18 15:48:00: International O-Federation:‘The World Games: Follow the relay online!’ The World Games orienteering events end with mixed relay on Sunday. The event will be broadcast live online from 08:00 CET (GMT +2:00). In addition, live results and tracking will be available from the IOF homepage. To access the live video, results and tracking, please click on The World Games logo in the right-hand menu on the IOF front page. …
2009-07-18 06:33:00: Australia National Team:‘Hanny Wins Gold’ A golden day for Hanny Allston and Australia in Kaohsiung today.A dominating performance by Hanny, gave Australia its second ever gold medal at the World Games orienteering event after Grant Bluetts gold in 2001.It was a much cooler day which greeted us today, with a nice breeze making conditions much nicer than Friday.Hanny had a smooth run and stuck to her race plan, which involved taking safe r …
2009-07-18 09:31:00: Swiss Orienteering:‘World Games: Erstes Mitteldistanz-Gold fÃ¼r Ã¼berragenden Daniel Hubmann’ Im zweiten Lauf der World Games in Kaohsiung (Taiwan) trumpfte Daniel Hubmann auf und gewann das Mitteldistanz-Rennen mit über einer halben Minute Vorsprung auf den Russen Dmitry Tsvetkov (RUS). Matthias Müller lag nach halber Distanz in Führung, beging jedoch im Schlussteil zwei grobe Fehler und rutschte auf den 9. Rang ab. Andreas Rüedlinger wurde… …
2009-07-18 16:51:00: Ultimate Orienteering:‘A sweet revenge for both Allston and Hubmann – World Games 2009′ 4.7 k and 5.6 k long courses on 1:5000 scale map drawn according to the ISSOM standard is a unique, but definitely no less exciting combination for the World class middle distance. No one could match the speed and precision of Daniel Hubmann and Hanny Allston today in this unusual middle (or shall we call it a lengthened sprint?) distance at Chengcing lake. Both second yesterday, one so close, the …
2009-07-18 06:13:00: International O-Federation:‘The World Games: -I'm getting to be more a navigator than a competitor’ Hanny Allston won The World Games middle distance by the impressive margin of 76.4 seconds. The Australian showed remarkable strength at Chengcing Lake. She has taken new steps forward since she became a World Champion. …
2009-07-18 07:38:00: International O-Federation:‘The World Games: -I got the gold I wanted’ There was no doubt today about who was going to win among the men. Daniel Hubmann was 33.2 seconds faster than second-best Dmitriy Tsvetkov, and the Swiss got the individual gold that has been his big ambition. …
2009-07-18 12:32:00: International O-Federation:‘The World Games: Hanny is definitely back’ If there was any question yesterday about whether Hanny Allston is back in the game for real, today the answer is clear. The Australian sprint world champion from 2006 is on top again. She won The World Games middle distance with an impressive winning margin of over one minute. …
2009-07-18 12:40:00: International O-Federation:‘The World Games: Daniel Hubmann's revenge’ Yesterday he lost the victory by one second, but today he left nothing to chance. Daniel Hubmann was the clear winner of the middle distance at The World Games; a race where the audience saw a lot of mistakes made by the top runners. The Russians Dmitriy Tsvetkov and Andrey Khramov finished second and third. …
2009-07-18 13:40:00: International O-Federation:‘The World Games: Photos from middle distance’ The World Games are held under the auspices of the International World Games Association and under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee. …
2009-07-18 16:00:00: Øystein Kvaal Østerbø:‘World Games Middle distance’ Today the World Games Middle distance was held from the Cheng Ching Lake in Kaohsiung. I did a quite good performance and came on the 6th place, 1.48 behind Daniel Hubmann who won the race. Results, splits and GPS trackingIn the Women’s class Elise Egseth was running well most of her race, but lost the bronze medal when she missed the second last control with one minute. Hanny Allston won ahea …
2009-07-18 16:00:00: British O-Federation:‘Sarah Rollins in top 10 again at World Games’ The highlight of todays World Games was Sarah Rollins 9th place in the womens race. …
2009-07-18 09:43:00: OPN.no:‘Allston og Hubmann vant i World Games’ Hanny Allston og Daniel Hubmann vant mellomdistansen da World Games fortsatte med mellomdistanse lÃ¸rdag formiddag. …
2009-07-18 12:00:00: Danish O-Federation:‘En fjerdeplads til Signe SÃ¸es pÃ¥ World Games’ - med placeringer som nummer 4,10, 16 og 17 var det igen idag en god holdprÃ¦station. …
2009-07-18 09:31:00: Swiss Orienteering:‘World Games: Erstes Mitteldistanz-Gold fÃ¼r Daniel Hubmann’ Im zweiten Lauf der World Games trumpfte Daniel Hubmann auf und gewann das Mitteldistanz-Rennen mit über einer halben Minute Vorsprung auf Dmitry Tsvetkov (RUS). Matthias Müller büsste nach der besten ersten Zwischenzeit auf der zweiten Hälfte Zeit ein und wurde Neunter, Andreas Rüedlinger 14. …
2009-07-18 12:00:00: Norwegian O-Federation:‘6. og 7.plasser i World Games’ Det ble litt stang ut i dag sier Landslagsjef Petter Thoresen etter 6.plass til Øystein Kvaal Østerbø og 7.plass til Elise Egseth på mellomdistansen i World Games. Dagens vinnere ble Daniel Hubman, Sveits og Johanna Allston, Australia. …
2009-07-18 12:00:00: Finnish O-Federation:‘Kaupille keskimatkan hopeaa World Gamesissa’ Tero FÃ¶hr miehissÃ¤ neljÃ¤s. …
2009-07-18 12:00:00: LiU Orienteering:‘ Bronze to Linnea at the World Game ‘ During the middle-distance in the World Games in Taiwan LiUs Linnea Gustafsson reached her greatest international success so far… …
2009-07-18 12:00:00: Australian O-Federation:‘Hanny Allston World Games Champion!!’ Hanny Allston wins World Games Middle Distance in Taiwan. …
2009-07-18 12:00:00: Maptalk.co.nz:‘World Games Orienteering Middle distance’ Ross Morrison was once again the best-performed of the New Zealand team at the World Games, but only just. Morrison finished his strong run in the hot conditions in 18th place, just 50 seconds out of a top ten finish, while teammate Darren Ashmore, National Middle distance champion, was also impressive in 21st place, some 40 seconds behind Morrison. Superior legspeed from the World number one fro …
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2009-07-18 06:13:00: International O-Federation:‘The World Games: Hanny is definitely back’ If there was any question yesterday about whether Hanny is back, today the answer is clear. The Australian sprint world champion from 2006 is on top again. She won The World Games middle distance with an impressive winning margin of over one minute. …
2009-07-18 07:38:00: International O-Federation:‘The World Games: Daniel Hubmann's revenge’ Yesterday he lost the victory by one second, but today he left nothing to chance. Daniel Hubmann was the clear winner of the middle distance at The World Games; a race where the audience saw a lot of mistakes made by the top men. The Russians Dmitriy Tsvetkov and Andrey Khramov finished second and third. …
2009-07-18 10:00:00: World of O:‘World Games Middle: Map and results’ Comeback for Allston – Revenge for Hubmann. Hanny Allston has done a real comeback here at the World Games with Gold medal at the middle distance today and Silver medal at the sprint yesterday. Hubmann was beaten by less than a second yesterday – today he took revenge and run away from everybody – including Khramov. The middle distance was actually a long sprint course – and thus the typical spri …
2009-07-18 08:09:00: Swiss Orienteering:‘World Games: Schweizerinnen in der Mitteldistanz im Mittelfeld’ Im Mitteldistanzrennen der World Games in Kaohsiung (Taiwan) vermochten die Schweizerinnen nicht an den Sprint anzuknüpfen. Angela Wild wurde 13., Rahel Friederich belegte Rang 18. …
2009-07-18 03:01:00: International O-Federation:‘The World Games: Follow middle distance live’ There is more to come after the exciting sprint: the middle distance race takes place today at the Chengcing Lake. The event will be broadcast live online from 06:30 CET (GMT +2:00). To access the live video, results and tracking, please click on The World Games logo in the right-hand menu on the IOF front page. Please note that the video works best with Internet Explorer. To use Mozilla …
2009-07-18 00:20:00: World of O:‘World Games Middle: Live from 06:30 CET’ Saturday July 18th at 06:30 CET the Orienteering in World Games 2009 Middle distance starts – we start the LiveBlog at 07:30 CET – when Minna Kauppi heads into the forest. There is Live video streaming, GPS tracking and online results – so expect a nice Saturday morning from the World Games.The LiveBlog will again mainly be focused on discussion of the event for the viewers. Event information Fi …
2009-07-17 21:58:00: Kondis.no:‘Bronse til til Elise Egseth i World Games’ Elise Egseth (bildet) løp fredag inn til bronse på sprinten i orientering i World Games, som arrangeres på Taiwan. World Games er OL for ikke olympiske idretter. I herreklassen ble Øystein Kvaal Østerbø best av våre med 4. plass. Vant gjorde Minna Kauppi, Finland og Andrey Khramov, Russland. World Games fortsetter med mellomdistanse lørdag og avsluttes med miksstafett søndag. …
2009-07-17 22:00:00: Ultimate Orienteering:‘Kauppi and Khramov take the first World Gamesâ€™ gold medals’ Much has been already said about the World Games â€“ the â€˜Olympic Gamesâ€™ for non-Olympic sports.Â Yesterday, the World Games 2009 were officially opened with an impressive, more than 3 hours long, opening ceremony held in a newly built 40â€™000 spectator stadium in Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei. Today, the first orienteering event was held in the territory of Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts. The fi …
Map men middle
The map below (two parts) is a screenshot from the TracTrac GPS LiveTracking from the mens middle distance. The same map will be used for the relay.
Below you find the LiveBlog. As there is both Live video streaming and TracTrac available, the LiveBlog will mainly be focused on discussion of the event for the viewers.
The interactive startlist below (including runner profiles & pics) along with the LiveBlog (see top of WorldofO.com frontpage) gives you all the information you need to know when the Junior World Orienteering Champs starts with the Sprint at 15:00 CET today. We will be presenting the favourites for the JWOC sprint at 14:00 CET – after the Fantasy JWOC team registration closes.
More than 170 runners in Men’s class
We expect a very tight race with more than 170 runners starting in the mens race. The start in the mens class stretches over nearly 2 hours, with one runner leaving the start every minute.
Already at start number 12, we have one of the outsiders – the Finnish super-talent Olli Markus Taivainen (picture above) – World Champion in Ski orienteering in the senior class over the Middle distance in Japan this year – with several JWOC gold medals in Ski orienteering and also several good orienteering results. Taivainen may set a very good time early in the race.
Looking towards the other end of the mens start list, we have got Jerker Lysell with the second last startnumber with start time 17:50. Lysell won the NOC sprint in Salo, Finland last month, and should therefore absolutely be considered among the favourites. In between we have a lot of good runners – over the Sprint distance anything can happen! Favourites will be presented at 14:00 CET.
123 Women fighting for victory
In the womens class, expect Norwegian Elen Katrine Skjerve to set a good time as the third starter. Skjerve injured her hand during trainings in Italy last week, but is reported to be in OK conditions again. Skjerve has a 7th place from the middle distance in NOC middle in Salo, Finland – and even though Sprint is not her favourite discipline, expect her to set a good time for the others to fight against.
Swedish Beata Falk (picture above) – starting as number 14 – is the next runner to look out for. At the end of the start list, Natalia Vinogradova (8th JWOC Sprint 2008) and Marika Teini (4th NOC Sprint 2009) might be the last ones to look out for.
The sprint is organized in the small town Mezzano in Trentino, Italy at about 700 meters altitude. Thus, there will be no altitude problems for the runners at the sprint – as might be the case for the Long distance Tuesday. Above you see one of the training maps from the official trainings. Below you see Mezzano embedded from Google Maps.
Below the startlists for JWOC Sprint are given. Click a runner to get up a popup window with the runner profile including results and pictures from World of O Runners. In the popup window, you can click “Next” to see information about the next runner in the startlist who has a runner profile. As of today results from NOC 2009 and EYOC 2008 are also included in World of O Runners. All runners who have been Top 20 in an individual JWOC/NOC race or Top 10 in an EYOC race are shown in bold.
Note! Some runners are not linkable/bold even if they exist in World of O Runners due to different spelling.
World Cup, O-festivalen: Daniel Hubmann has 1.26 to catch on Peter Öberg and Carl Waaler Kaas, but is still the favourite of the WoO Fantasy World Cup managers in the mens class when the World Cup continues with a long distance chasing start at O-festivalen in Oslo today. For the women, Kauppi is the big favourite. There will again be possibilities to follow this exciting race with live webTV, live GPS tracking and live results.
Fight against Kauppi
Kauppi is the favourite among the women, but she will still have to fight hard for the victory. Marianne Andersen starts only 47 seconds behind – and with a tough long distance course in terrain similar to Marianne Andersens home terrain, Kauppi will not have an easy task. Simone Niggli in fourth position – 2:16 behind Kauppi – is also very interested in showing that she is really back in the top. The Swedish girls Helena Jansson and Emma Johansson will also be part of the fight for the victory.
Kauppi,Minna Finland 14:30:00
Andersen,Marianne Norway 14:30:47
Jansson,Helena Sweden 14:31:58
Niggli,Simone Switzerland 14:32:16
Johansson,Emma Sweden 14:32:38
Holmström,Bodil Finland 14:32:44
Hubmann is the favourite among the Fantasy World Cup managers after his impressing last leg legs for Kristiansand at Jukola and 10Mila. Will the Swiss runner be the best in a fight man against man in the tough Norwegian terrain as well? Mattias Merz is another Swiss runner who has shown impressive results in similar fights earlier – starting 1:37 behind. However, Peter Öberg, Carl Waaler Kaas and Anders Nordberg who are the first starters will have to be counted among the very big favourites. And don’t forget Thierry Guergiou – who really wants to get his revenge after several for him disappointing performances this season.
Öberg,Peter Sweden 15:00:00
Kaas,Carl Waaler Norway 15:00:00
Nordberg,Anders Norway 15:00:21
Wingstedt,Emil Sweden 15:00:38
Gueorgiou,Thierry France 15:00:43
Andersson,David Sweden 15:01:09
Föhr,Tero Finland 15:01:16
Johansson,Martin Sweden 15:01:26
Hubmann,Daniel Switzerland 15:01:26
Adamski,Phillippe France 15:01:27
Merz,Matthias Switzerland 15:01:37
Renard,Damien France 15:02:05
Follow the race live
Use the following possibilites to follow the race live
After a dramatic race, Carl Waaler Kaas and Peter Öberg and shared the victory in todays World Cup Middle distance in the mens class. Minna Kauppi was again the best woman – winning ahead of Marianne Andersen.
Tricky Norwegian terrain
The terrain north of Oslo proved to be tricky – many of the top runners having problems on the way. Notably, both Thierry Gueorgiou and Daniel Hubmann made several mistakes, finishing 5th and 8th respectively. Below you see the routechoices (from GPS track of GPSseuranta) of Carl Waaler Kaas and Peter Öberg. You find GPS tracks of all the top runners at the GPSseuranta page.
1 Öberg, Peter Sweden 35:31
1 Waaler Kaas, Carl Norway 35:31
3 Nordberg, Anders Norway 35:52
4 Wingstedt, Emil Sweden 36:09
5 Gueorgiou, Thierry France 36:14
6 Andersson, David Sweden 36:40
7 Föhr, Tero Finland 36:47
8 Johansson, Martin Sweden 36:57
8 Hubmann, Daniel Switzerland 36:57
10 Adamski, Phillippe France 36:58
1 Kauppi, Minna Finland 34:34
2 Andersen, Marianne Norway 35:21
3 Jansson, Helena Sweden 36:32
4 Niggli, Simone Switzerland 36:50
5 Johansson, Emma Sweden 37:12
6 Holmström, Bodil Finland 37:18
7 Sundberg, Karoliina Finland 38:02
8 Fasting, Mari Norway 38:11
9 Lindeqvist, Katri Finland 38:29
10 Jurenikova, Eva Czech Rep. 39:24
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