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Yesterday saw the first event of the modified Junior World Orienteering Championships programme in Portugal, the Individual Sprint.

Junior World Orienteering Championships
Aguiar da Beira, Portugal
11-16 July 2022

After two years of no Junior International Competition, a team of twelve GB athletes lined up in Portugal.

GB Peter Molloy in his last year as a Junior was the highest placed GB athlete in 12th place, with GB Flurry Grierson one place behind, it was Imogen GB Howard who had the strongest run in the women's and finished in 22nd place.

Unfortunately, this will be the last of the Individual races as the programme has had to be modified due to the extreme risk of forest fires with the Middle and Long-distance races being postponed.

However, since then the local organisers have worked closely together with the International Orienteering Federation (IOF) to create an alternative race programme with a Sprint Relay being held on Wednesday 13 July as an official medal race, first-ever Sprint Relay at a Junior World Orienteering Championships.

Furthermore, the IOF council has allowed each nation to participate with two teams in the Sprint Relay and both will take place at Arena Carapito where the Individual Sprints were held yesterday (Monday 11 July).

The existing ban on forest activities is scheduled to expire on Friday (15 July), and if it is not extended one of the forest races will be held on Saturday 16 July.

Peter Molloy


Isobel Howard


Flurry Grierson


Imogen Pieters


Matthew Gooch


Pippa Carcas


Oliver Tonge


Rachel Duckworth


Jim Bailey


Rachel Brown


Sam Griffin


Iris MacMillan


GB Team

Missed the action?  Check it out here.

GB Jim Bailey
GB Pippa Carcas

Overall Women's Final Results

Plac Name Organisation Time Diff
1 Elisa Mattila FIN Finland 14:57  
2 Lilly Graber SUI Switzerland 15:10 +0:13
3 Anna Karlova CZE Czechia 15:16 +0:19
4 Pia Young Vik NOR Norway 15:20 +0:23
4 Hanne Hilo FIN Finland 15:20 +0:23
6 Tifenn Moulet FRA France 15:22 +0:25

Overall Men's Final Results

Plac Name Organisation Time Diff
1 Axel Elmblad SWE Sweden 13:45  
2 Tobias Alstad NOR Norway 14:11 +0:26
3 Mikkel Holt NOR Norway 14:13 +0:28
3 Ilian Angeli ITA Italy 14:13 +0:28
3 Basile Basset FRA France 14:13 +0:28
6 Pablo Ferrando ESP Spain 14:23 +0:38

The modified programme is as follows:

Wednesday 13 July – Sprint Relay

Friday 15 July – Urban Sprint Relay (not an official Junior World Orienteering Championships race).

Further reporting from the Junior World Championships in Portugal

Today saw the Mixed Sprint Relay take place in the modified Junior World Orienteering Championships programme - read the full report here.

The final day of competition at the Junior World Orienteering Championships read the full report here.