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World Orienteering Championships 2017 at the weekend!

WOC Sprint: Alm and Hubmann took the golds

Maja Alm took her third WOC Sprint medal in a row – an incredibly impressive performance! Daniel Hubmann won the World Orienteering Championships 6 years ago in Chambery – and was very happy to be on top again.

Maja Alm won a very clear victory – 37 seconds ahead of silver medalist Natalia Gemperle (Russia) – with another Russian, Galina Vinogradova, in third, only 1.7 seconds behind Gemperle.

In the men’s class, it was a day for the veterans. Frederic Tranchand, the bronze medalist from WOC Sprint in Trondheim in 2010, took the silver medal only 2.9 seconds behind Hubmann. Jerker Lysell finished third – only 5.2 seconds behind Hubmann.

Men
4 000 m, 45 starting competitors

Place

Name

Organisation

Time

Diff

Km time

1

Daniel Hubmann

SUI

14:30

 

3:37

2

Frederic Tranchand

FRA

14:33

+0:02

3:38

3

Jerker Lysell

SWE

14:35

+0:05

3:38

13

Peter Hodkinson

GBR

15:20

+0:50

3:50

14

Chris Smithard

GBR

15:21

+0:50

3:50

Full results of the Men’s Sprint Final here

Women
3 400 m, 46 starting competitors

Place

Name

Organisation

Time

Diff

Km time

1

Maja Alm

DEN

13:55

 

4:05

2

Natalia Gemperle

RUS

14:32

+0:37

4:16

3

Galina Vinogradova

RUS

14:34

+0:38

4:17

28

Megan Carter Davies

GBR

16:17

+2:21

4:47

30

Jo Shepherd

GBR

16:23

+2:28

4:49

35

Alice Leake

GBR

16:48

+2:52

4:56

Full results of the Women’s Sprint Final here

Sweden won the Sprint Relay

Sweden won the Sprint Relay ahead of Denmark and Switzerland after a strong team performance. Jonas Leandersson opened up a big gap at the third leg after big mistakes by Great Britain and Switzerland, and Helena Jansson could easily run Sweden to the Gold medal.

The big drama happened on the third leg. Four teams were close together when going into the tricky forest area around control 14 and 15 towards the end of the – Great Britain, Sweden, Switzerland and the Czech Republic – with Denmark nearly 1:40 minutes behind. Mistakes of more than 1:30 for Switzerland’s Martin Hubmann and Great Britain’s Kris Jones made it possible for Jonas Leandersson to open a big gap to the biggest contenders.

The Czech Republic finished the 3rd leg 40 seconds back in 2nd place – but down to Russia, Denmark, Great Britain and Switzerland, the gap was between 1:40 and 2 minutes. Seemingly a safe lead for Sweden’s anchor Helena Jansson.  Denmark’s anchor Maja Alm managed to close the gap down to 40 seconds, but the gap was too big – Jansson could celebrate Sweden’s first gold medal in Sprint Relay with her teammates Lina Strand, Jerker Lysell and Jonas Leandersson.

Relay
33 starting competitors

Place

Name

Leg time

Leg place

Leg diff

Time

Co place

 

Diff

 

1

Sweden

     

1:03:35

       
 

1. Lina Strand

15:53

4

+0:07

15:53

4

     
 

2. Jerker Lysell

16:26

4

+0:29

32:19

5

+1

   
 

3. Jonas Leandersson

15:32

1

 

47:51

1

-4

   
 

4. Helena Jansson

15:44

3

+1:16

1:03:35

1

0

   

2

Denmark

     

1:04:05

       
 

1. Cecilie Friberg Klysner

15:49

2

+0:03

15:49

2

     
 

2. Andreas Hougaard Boesen

18:01

18

+2:04

33:50

9

+7

   
 

3. Tue Lassen

15:47

2

+0:15

49:37

4

-5

   
 

4. Maja Alm

14:28

1

 

1:04:05

2

-2

   

3

Switzerland

     

1:04:29

       
 

1. Elena Roos

15:46

1

 

15:46

1

     
 

2. Florian Howald

16:24

3

+0:27

32:10

1

0

   
 

3. Martin Hubmann

17:33

10

+2:01

49:43

5

+4

   
 

4. Sabine Hauswirth

14:46

2

+0:18

1:04:29

3

-2

   

4

Czech Republic

     

1:04:51

       
 

1. Jana Knapova

16:18

8

+0:32

16:18

8

     
 

2. Milos Nykodym

15:57

1

 

32:15

3

-5

   
 

3. Vojtech Kral

16:16

5

+0:44

48:31

2

-1

   
 

4. Denisa Kosova

16:20

7

+1:52

1:04:51

4

+2

   

5

Russian Federation

     

1:05:21

       
 

1. Svetlana Mironova

16:32

9

+0:46

16:32

9

     
 

2. Dmitry Tsvetkov

16:50

8

+0:53

33:22

8

-1

   
 

3. Andrey Khramov

16:14

3

+0:42

49:36

3

-5

   
 

4. Galina Vinogradova

15:45

4

+1:17

1:05:21

5

+2

   

6

Great Britain

     

1:06:01

       
 

1. Catherine Taylor

15:58

6

+0:12

15:58

6

     
 

2. Ralph Street

16:15

2

+0:18

32:13

2

-4

   
 

3. Kristian Jones

17:34

11

+2:02

49:47

6

+4

   
 

4. Tessa Strain

16:14

6

+1:46

1:06:01

6

0

   

Full results here 

Today is a rest day at the World Orienteering Championships with the Medal Ceremony for the Sprint and Sprint Relay taking place later today at 19:15-20:30 (BST 17:15- 18:30).

The World Orienteering Championships continues tomorrow with the Long distance race.

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