The International Orienteering Federation (IOF) is the international governing body of the sport of orienteering. The IOF governs four orienteering disciplines: foot orienteering, mountain bike orienteering, ski orienteering, and trail orienteering.
Orienteering in China is growing, and with it the need for high quality maps. From July 8th to 13th, 2019, a Mapping clinic was held in Longjiashan National Forest Park in Longli County, Guizhou Province, China.
The mapping clinic was hosted by the International Orienteering Federation together with China Radio and Orienteering Sports Association and attracted 30 mapmakers from 14 provinces. Luděk Krtička and Robert Ditz from the IOF Map Commission had prepared a 4-day intensive programme, full of theoretical lectures as well as practical fieldwork. The goal was to transfer knowledge and experience to Chinese mappers, in order for them to be able to produce high quality maps according to the latest standards.
The content of the course was designed for the needs of Chinese mappers. Before the course began, the China Radio and Orienteering Association had conducted an extensive survey of the participants through questionnaires. The lecture topics varied from methods of mapping and digitalisation, through understanding map specifications, to basemap creation in OCAD using Lidar data. The fieldwork activities dealt with precise mapping and discussions about classification of objects and vegetation. With its amazing urban terrains, China has great potential, especially in sprint orienteering. In October this year, the first ever Orienteering World Cup round will be held in Guangzhou in southern China.
The participants were eager learners, saying “There is no end to learning, and the improvement of drawing technology is endless. We need to constantly learn and practice, practice and practice. We hope that more international high-level drawing classes can be offered in China.”
This year’s World Masters Orienteering Championships concluded today with the Long Distance, more than 3,300 athletes enjoying a fine day in complex forest by the Latvian coast.
With a wonderfully scenic route to the start, it was a beautiful day in the Latvian terrain.
Seven women and six men became both Middle and Long distance champions, and one of those, Kurt Dose from Denmark in M90, is Sprint champion as well. Two women and four men retained their Long distance titles from last year. These are Asta Sjoeberg, Bernice Antonsson, Håkan Eriksson, Sigurd Dæhli, Helmut Conrad and Peo Bengtsson.
Some names appear at the head of WMOC results lists again and again! Three athletes who recorded emphatic victories in this year’s Long race are Alida Abola, Latvia and Sigurd Dæhli, Norway, who both won by more than 7 minutes, and Peo Bengtsson, Sweden who had a 6-minute margin.
Tightest result of the day was in W60, where Elisabeth Fries won by just 1 second. For full results visit the World Masters Orienteering Championships 2019 website: https://www.wmoc2019.lv/
The Norwegian Kasper Fosser again showed his class with a win by 1.09 in today’s Middle Final. Isa Envall, Sweden won the women’s race by a convincing margin.
Isa Envall set the marker point for the women’s race from a position half-way through the start list, and towards the end in particular there were several runners who seemed as though they might chase her time down. Closest was Fiona Bunn, Great Britain, who took the silver medal with a time 0.54 slower than Envall’s. Tereza Janosikova, Czech Republic, winner of two silver medals in JWOC in the last two years, was in bronze medal position today.
Kasper Fosser dominated the men’s race much as he did in the Long distance. His closest challenger was Frenchman Guilhem Elias, who ended 1.09 down. Norway ended with two medals today, bronze going to Lukas Liland.
The courses in Gjern Bakker were both technically and physically challenging with many steep slopes, and with the start and a spectator control in the arena, plus the big screen, there was lots to keep spectators on their toes. Tomorrow JWOC ends with the Relay in Thorsø Bakker, a forested area with much variety and some intricate detail.
Galina Vinogradova RUS, Yvonne Gunell FIN, Alida Abola LAT, Svajunas Ambrazas LTU, Håkan Eriksson SWE – all once well-known elite athletes at the top of the tree, now winning their classes at the World Masters.
This year’s World Masters Orienteering Championships are being held in Latvia, and many athletes who have run in World Championships in the past have found their way to Riga and its surroundings. The entry of more than 3,500 has just completed the forest Qualification and the Middle Final, with just the Long Final to come on Friday.
Four athletes retained their titles from last year. Sirra Toivonen FIN (W50), Asta Sjöberg SWE (W80), Signe Nyman SWE (W90) and Håkan Eriksson SWE all fall into that category, with Eriksson enjoying an emphatic win in M55.
The first Final, the Sprint in central Riga, was badly affected by a gate being left locked in a passage shown on the map as open, a critical route choice option on a large number of courses. The Jury decided that all these had to be voided. The Sprint Champions for the courses not affected are listed below.
WMOC 2019 Middle distance champions
35 Natalia Efimova RUS & Dmitry Mikhalkin BLR
40 Galina Vinogradova RUS & Janis Krumins LAT
45 Yvonne Gunell FIN & Mantas Rimkus LTU
50 Sirra Toivonen FIN & Svajunas Ambrazas LTU
55 Laila Hoglund SWE & Håkan Eriksson SWE
60 Kane Andersson SWE & Sixten Westlund SWE
65 Alida Abola LAT & Clas Fries SWE
70 Kari Timenes Laugen NOR & Mykola Bozhko UKR
75 Katharina Mo Berge NOR & Raimo Karvonen FIN
80 Asta Sjöberg SWE & Gunnar Østerbø NOR
85 Bernice Antonsson SWE & Georg Reischi GER
90 Signe Nyman SWE & Kurt Dose DEN
W75 Torid Kvaal NOR
80 Birgitta Thunell SWE & Eric Bucher SUI
85 Verena Harzenmoser SUI & Martin Hutzli SUI (retained title)
There will be athletes from 24 nations in the A-finals tomorrow, following today’s qualification races in Denmark. Heat winners include Kasper Fosser, Norway and Aston Key, Australia, champions in Long and Sprint respectively.
Kasper Fosser, Norway running in the Long distance race Photo: Malin Fuhr
The six heats, from which the top twenty in each heat qualify for the A-final, took place on the hills of Gjern Bakker on a fine summer morning. Each nation can have 6 women and 6 men in the competition, and best nation was Sweden with 11 qualifiers, followed by Denmark and Switzerland with 10. Finland and Norway had 9, and the Czech Republic and France 8. At the other end of the scale, Slovakia and Ukraine have 1 qualifying athlete and Australia, Canada, Germany, Spain and USA have 2.
Unluckiest athlete was Dominika Mero, Hungary who missed qualifying by just 1 second. Two Danes missed qualification by less than 10 seconds.
The Middle distance finals take place tomorrow, also in Gjern Bakker and using the same arena.
It is gold medals for both Ida Haapala, Finland and Veronika Kalinina, Russia in the Long distance race, following a jury meeting yesterday and the absence of any further protest by the deadline. The back-up timing system recorded the same time, 53:46, for both athletes. Grace Molloy, Great Britain takes the bronze medal, her second of the championships.
Ida Haapala, Finland on her way to joint victory Photo: Malin Fuhr
The race developed steadily and a fast time was posted half-way through by Russian Veronika Kalinina, one which was eventually chased down by Haapala in a thrilling finish. Kalinina’s SIAC card failed during the race and did not record at the finish; she did the right thing in hand-punching the remaining controls after the failure.
Today is a rest day, and competition resumes tomorrow with the Middle Qualification.
1= Ida Haapala FIN and Veronika Kalinina RUS 53:46
Defending champion Kasper Fosser, Norway retained his title in the JWOC Long race in Denmark today in emphatic fashion. Despite a mistake one-third of the way through the course, he won by more than three minutes.
The race was dominated by a near master-class performance from Fosser, whose closest challengers in the end proved to be Elias Jonsson, Norway and the Sprint champion Aston Key, Australia, who took the silver and bronze medals respectively.
The women’s race has been the subject of a protest, and the outcome will be published later.
The courses started out over relatively fast terrain, but then they met the steep slopes of Velling-Snabegård with its many big spurs and reentrants, which was the scene for the biggest part of the course. It was easy to get onto the wrong spur, a fate which met quite a few runners, agonising for their coaches and country-mates when displayed in GPS on the big screen in the arena. Strength was important today as well as good navigation. The arena and forest were the same as was used for the Long in JWOC in 1995, with a bit of new terrain added near the start.
Tomorrow is a rest day, and competition resumes on Wednesday with the Middle Qualification.
Today’s Sprint was a success story for Aston Key, Australia and the Swiss athlete Eline Gemperle, in two very fast and tight races in Aarhus, Denmark. Gemperle’s winning margin was 3 seconds, whilst Key ended with a convincing lead of 13 seconds.
The race was held in a complex area of flats and houses, with some height differences. Especially in the arena, which was superb for spectators who had a superb sloping grass viewing area above the finish, with the spectator passage also clearly viewable beyond it. Race times were very fast from the start, but times at the spectator point kept being bettered, so there was excitement all the way with a lively and knowledgeable commentary and pictures from the course on the big screen.
In the women’s race Isa Envall, Sweden held the lead for a long time but eventually had to settle for fifth, the third of three from Sweden in the top six. Fiona Bunn, Great Britain held on to the fastest arena passage time to the end, but a mistake in the second half pushed her down to ninth. Silver medallist in both 2018 and 2017, the Czech athlete Tereza Janosikova, was in sixth place this year.
Men’s race medal winners Photos: Malin Fuhr
The men’s race was in the end dominated by the Australian Aston Key, who apart from a slow start had a faultless run. Just as in the women’s race, there were three Swedes in the top six with one getting the silver medal. The pace was set by the very first runner, Tino Polsini from Switzerland who clocked just over 13 minutes, but he ended 22nd whilst being only 44 seconds behind the winner!
Tomorrow the tempo changes, the Long distance taking place in a tough and hilly forest, used also for the Junior World Championships back in 1995. Follow the action live on www.jwoc2019.dk.
With 17 779 participants at 59 locations, Romania increased their participation with more than 1400% compared to last year. With an average of 291 participants per WOD event, and with 1437 at the biggest event, Romania is showing how effective World Orienteering Day is to promote orienteering into the target group, youngsters between 10-16 years old. 92% of participants in Romania were of this age group, compared to 72% worldwide.
One of the main reasons behind the success is Botos Ioan Sorin, a very committed orienteering leader from the city of Târgu Mureș in Transylvania in central Romania.
Botos Ioan Sorin says: “We have 20 schools in my town for classes between 5-14 years and there are a lot of kids. I followed the “KISS” principle, Keep It Short and Simple, for all school this time. My idea is to take orienteering step-by-step and to make it understandable for all kids. I used the gymnasium and implemented the orienteering activity indoors. For 5 hours in the morning I was at the school to carry out the WOD event, and during the afternoon I got help from the teacher in Physical Education. I organised the activity with 9 controls, maybe 18 and sometimes 27 for 3 relays at the same time, and the students enjoyed it very much”.
“I’m completely convinced that this model can help us next year to reach at least 25 000 participants from my club and with 20 clubs from Romania doing the same, we will have 500 000 participants from Romania”, concludes Botos Ioan Sorin enthusiastically.
The final result of World Orienteering Day 2019 is: