Helena Jansson decided the first race in the World Cup Sprint Relay 2017 for Sweden in a close fight with Denmark’s Maja Alm. Alm was later disqualified due to a miss-punch, and Switzerland’s Elena Roos did thus lead Switzerland in to second place 13 seconds behind with Great Britain in third one minute behind.
Sweden ran an excellent relay – and managed to keep the other teams behind all the way until the end. Denmark’s Maja Alm got a perfect chasing position, and it looked like she would manage to catch and pass Jansson until the very end. A combination of a somewhat longer forking towards the end of the race and the chase of Jansson earlier on the...
Photo: Matias Salonen
A very close race on last leg between Helena Jansson, Sweden and Maja Alm, Denmark ended with a 1-second win for Jansson, and with Alm disqualified. Second place went to Switzerland, 13 seconds down and third to Great Britain, 1 minute further down.
Sweden was at the front almost throughout in the varied urban and parkland terrain in the centre of Turku in Finland. They got a very good start on first leg through Karolin Ohlsson who came in together with Sabine Hauswirth SUI, with Cat Taylor GBR 2 seconds behind. Several other teams were in close contention at this stage. On second leg, Emil Svensk kept Sweden in the lead, by 2 seconds over Switzerland and 23 seconds over Great Britain and Denmark 2. Denmark’s first team was 6th, 32 seconds down at this point.
Third leg saw Jonas Leandersson SWE and Martin Hubmann SUI in a close tussle that ended with Sweden again 2 seconds ahead. Denmark with Tue Lassen moved up to third, 15...
[Follow races LIVE on webTV] The 2017 Orienteering World Cup starts in Turku, Finland this week with a Sprint Relay Wednesday May 24th and continues in Lohja with a Sprint race on Thursday, a Middle distance race on Saturday and a Long distance chasing start race on Sunday.
The chasing start on Sunday is based on the Sprint and the Middle distance races. Most of the top athletes are present in Finland at the first World Cup round of the season (see full list of entries at the bottom of this page).
The new World Cup round begins on World Orienteering Day, 24th May with a Sprint Relay in the very centre of the Finnish city Turku. The round continues with a brand-new concept of three individual competitions, designed so that the first to finish in the last of these races is overall winner of Round 1.
28 nations have entered teams for this round, with 123 women and 131 men taking part. Many nations’ teams have come from training camps and selection races in Estonia, preparing for this round and also for the World Championships, now just 5 weeks away.
The Sprint Relay takes place in Turku’s city centre and nearby parks, and the mapped area includes many flights of steps and the steep slope down to the river which has some dense undergrowth and some open rock areas. There will be plenty of pedestrians and spectators, but no cars! Nations can enter up to 3 teams of 2 women and 2 men. The winning team gets a money prize of 1000 Euros.
On Thursday the Sprint...
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Content IOF newsletter May:
How to follow World Cup Round 1
Leho: World Orienteering Day and World Cup – two days to go!
WOC 2017: Time to suit up again
MTBO World Cup 2017: Who will be this year’s winners?
Clare Durand: “I’m the only serious Trail Orienteer within a three hour drive”
Orienteering in focus in seven big European cities
Walking through footmarks of the past with Gytis Juska
Successful event in Malaysia
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The PERAK MyO ASIA CUP 2017 was held recently in Malaysia. The event was very successful and a pre-event for the World Ranking Event, WRE, in Malaysia in October. 250 athletes participated in Sprint and Sprint Relay.
Hong Kong won the Sprint Relay, with Indonesia as second and Malaysia third. Azam Bin Mohd Shidid from Malaysia won the youth men’s class and Ka Ki Leung from Hong Kong was the winner in the women’s youth.
“As I say with the laughter: in basketball there play ten people and thousands of stare. In tennis there are two players and thousands of stare. And in orienteering thousands of run, but there are none of spectators”, laughed winner of the first Soviet Union’s championship Gytis Juska. Vilnius University’s Physics Faculty’s professor was an orienteering athlete more or less all his life.
When we started to discuss about the suitable time for an interview with habilitated Ph. D. lecturer, he mentioned that there is a lack of time in his schedule. All his work is dedicated to University: lectures and so on. Nevertheless, he suggested for me to come to the orienteering competition: “You can always find me here, let’s talk over there”, – professor smiled. This year he gets 75 but still finds time for orienteering in daily routine.
Some of people have reached the finish only the next day
In late 1960’s the first Soviet Union’s orienteering...
To talk about Clare Durand is to talk about resilience. It’s in Lancaster, in the desert north of Los Angeles, in the United States, that we’re going to find her. Clare studied Geography and Computer Science, worked for the government making military maps, worked on movies and television as an assistant director and taught Mathematics. She’s now directing local musical theatre productions, is an active volunteer with the Girl Scouts and is writing a series of children’s spy novels. Enough? It seems not. She’s also building a small business, organising local orienteering races and training. In the midst of this whole bustle, Clare doesn’t neglect her own preparation, as she’s one of the most prominent and committed North American Trail Orienteers.
As a child, Clare Durand was a competitive swimmer. But she stopped swimming at the age of 15 to have more free time.
– I did a single trail-based orienteering...
Between 7th May and 12th November, 2017, Orienteering will be in focus in seven major European cities. Bringing together the efforts and interests of Paris, Antwerp, Bristol, Treviso, Porto, Barcelona and Bilbao, the 4th edition of the City Race Euro Tour puts sport and tourism once more hand in hand.
Paris was the venue chosen for the inaugural presentation of the 2017 City Race Euro Tour. Starting in the French capital on 7th May, the event will take in Belgium (Antwerp, 13th and 14th May), Great Britain (Bristol, 10th and 11th June), Italy (Treviso, 17th and 18th June), Portugal (Porto, 22nd to 24th September) with the finish in Spain (Barcelona, 4th and 5th November and Bilbao, 11th and 12th November). “Think hard, run fast, feel good” stands as the motto of these seven major Orienteering events in seven major European cities. The Tour targets everyone, leading competitors and also beginners.
The idea of creating the Euro City Race Tour was the...
The individual World Cup winners of 2017 will be found from three rounds of keen competition. The World Cup starts in Austria, continues at the European Championships in France and ends with the most highly-awaited moment of the season, the World Championships in Lithuania. Will anyone beat the reigning Champions, Emily Benham and Anton Foliforov?
The first competitions are already taking place in the new season. In April and May, Portugal and Russia staged the first IOF World Ranking Events in this discipline, but countries including Denmark, Hungary, France, Lithuania and Austria were also privileged venues for recent events, attracting many of the greatest names in the world scene in their efforts to prepare for a season hopefully full of success. However the main focus is on the World Cup events, three rounds across Austria, France and Lithuania that promise to bring history, culture and environment alongside challenging and exciting MTB orienteering....
Markus Puusepp grew up in Vöru, a team mate of Sixten Sild who won bronze at the classic distance at WOC in Czechoslovakia in 1991. 15 years later Markus, Timo Sild, son of Sixten, and Mihkel Järveoja won gold at the relay in the Junior World Championship in Druskininkai, Lithuania. That was the first international gold to Estonia in an orienteering discipline.
– Me and the Estonian understood that we were able to be the very best, says Puusepp who is from Vöru, in the south east corner for Estonia.
11 years after the golden relay, it is time for the first WOC in Estonia. The event director of it is Mr. Puusepp. There are just six weeks left until the championships start on 30 June.
– I’m feeling quite good, he smiles. – It’s good to see that things are really happening and it’s not just planning.
Since November 2014, he has been working with WOC almost full time.
The last thing
For many orienteers in Estonia...
The 24th of May is the IOF’s World Orienteering Day, or WOD. World Orienteering Day was a great success in 2016, but this does not automatically mean success in 2017. We, the IOF, National Federations, clubs and our enthusiasts have to work together in order to archive our common goal, 350 000 participants in 2017 and to reach 500 000 participants in 2018.
WOD is a unique opportunity promote our sport globally and locally at the same time. There are already now pre-registered events from 17 countries and territories who are not IOF members. This shows a great potential to increase our membership!
WOD gives a good chance for local orienteering clubs and orienteers to contact schools, local organisations and sport authorities. We need to remember – WOD is not only for the orienteering community. Our aim is to attract young people, and indeed why not also people of all ages, to go orienteering for the first time in their life. All participants of WOD are our...
The day we have all been waiting for is soon upon us. On Wednesday 24 May, the World Cup kicks off in Finland! We will be treated to an exciting Sprint Relay, followed by a Sprint, a Middle Distance and finally a Long Distance to round things off. Make sure you don’t miss any action!
For when you’re on the go
@OWCup2017fin on Twitter – official twitter account for the event, general information and news.
@owcupfinres on Twitter – twitter account for live results and split times etc.
#owcupfin and #OWCup on social media.
Make sure you’re also following the IOF accounts!
With just five days to go, we are on track to achieve a new higher level than 2016. So far, 78 countries and almost 1600 WOD events have registered for this year’s WOD on Wednesday, May 24th. The trend shows that there looks to be more than 80 countries and over 2000 events during the second year’s WOD. Most excitingly, so far, 18 non-IOF Members have registered for at least one WOD event and with the knowledge that several IOF member countries have not yet made their registration, it’s very possible the number of countries can reach to 90.
Right now, it’s “rush hour” at www.worldorienteeeringday.com and preparations to implement WOD 2017 worldwide are in full action.
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Under våren har ett flertal orienteringsarrangörer haft problem med markfrågor och enligt SOFT:s markansvarige Eje Andersson finns många viktiga lärdomar att dra för framtiden: "Frågan om tillgång till mark är avgörande för sporten."
The IOF has made new guidelines for the IOF Eventor profile photo. The ambition is to improve the accreditation process on our major events, to make the athletes profiles look more professional and to have useful material for TV and Media graphics.
Council, Commission members, event advisers and athletes are requested to upload correct photos.
We will send photo update requests to all WOC 2017 entrants that don’t have a photo or a photo that don’t meet the requirements in the new guidelines.
Please read the new guidelines to find out if you need to update your photo.