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World Orienteering Championships 2017

Tartu - Estonia

Friday 30 June 2017 – Friday 7 July 2017

The countdown is now on with just days to go before the 2017 World Orienteering Championships starts in Estonia on Friday with the Sprint Qualification.

50 nations from all over the world are set to participate in Nokian Tyres World Orienteering Championships in Tartu, Estonia.  All continents are represented and there are some exciting orienteering countries in the list: Brazil and Chile from South America, Egypt from Africa, Hong Kong and China from Asia and Moldova and Serbia from Europe.

Our Great Britain elite athletes are busy getting ready to travel to the World Orienteering Championships! 

We wish them all the very best with their final preparations.

The World Orienteering Championships starts with the first race of the Sprint Qualification at 13:00 – 15:00 this Friday (30 June) in Estonia.

The Sprint Qualification and Final will be held in the centre of the University town Tartu. The terrain is a mix of old town and modern parts of the town with mostly paved ground and a hilly park with soft ground and numerous paths.

Those athletes successfully qualifying in the Sprint Qualification will go on to compete in the Sprint Final which will take place on Saturday 1 July 2017 in the University Town Tartu.

The Women’s Sprint Final is scheduled to take place from 14:30 – 15:45

The Men’s Sprint Final is scheduled to take place from 15:45 – 17:00.


Meet the Great Britain Team who will be competing in the Individual Sprint race at the 2017 World Orienteering Championships on Friday this week.

Individual Sprint



Kristian Jones

Current IOF World Ranking Details:
13 (Sprint) 230 (Forest)

Best Results:
WOC 2016: 4th Sprint, 4th Forest Relay
Euromeeting 2012: 4th Sprint
JEC 2010: GOLD Sprint
JWOC 2010: SILVER Sprint
EYOC 2008: GOLD Sprint

Kristian Jones Profile

Megan Carter-Davies

Mark Saunders

Current IOF World Ranking Details:
52 (Sprint) 82 (Forest)

Best Results:
2016 WUOC: GOLD Mixed Sprint Relay

Megan Carter-Davies Profile

Peter Hodkinson

Alice Leake

Current IOF World Ranking Details:
33 (Sprint) 89 (Forest)

Best Results:
World Championships 2016: 4th Mixed Sprint Relay
World Universities Championships 2016: GOLD 
Mixed Sprint Relay

Peter Hodkinson Profile

Current IOF World Ranking Details:
41 (Sprint) 220 (Forest)

Best Results:
World Championships 2016: 22nd Sprint

Alice Leake Profile

Chris Smithard

Jo Shepherd

Graham Gristwood

Current IOF World Ranking Details:
49 (Sprint) 157 (Forest)

Best Results:
World Cup 2013 - Norway Sprint - 4th,
British Sprint Champion 2012

Chris Smithard Profile

Eva Jurenikova

Current IOF World Ranking Details:
59 (Forest) 85 (Sprint)

Best Results:
JK overall 2016 GOLD
World Cup Poland 2016 Middle 26th
European Champs 2016 Middle 29th
European Champs 2016 Long 30th

Jo Shepherd Profile

Reserves individual:

Jonathan Crickmore

Jonathan Crickmore Profile

Get set for a week full of world class orienteering!

The official Opening Ceremony for the World Championships is being held in the Tartu Town Hall Square from 18:30 – 19:15 after the Sprint Qualification races have taken place.

The World Orienteering Championships week starts on June 30, 2017, with the Sprint Qualification and concludes on July 7 with the Relay. The week includes five medal races: Sprint, Sprint Relay, Long Distance, Middle Distance and the traditional Relay.

Keep up-to-date with any changes to the race timings during the World Championships here.

You can enjoy the excitement of the LIVE action from the Sprint Qualification and Final Sprint races this Friday and Saturday here.

British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity to wish the Sprint GB athletes all the very best with their training preparations prior to the race on Friday.