11 days to The World Games – who will be the big winner in Cali?

Posted on | July 22, 2013 | Category: News

In 11 days The World Games orienteering events kick off in Cali, Colombia. We have asked the world top orienteers what their goal is at The Games – and who they think will be the winner of sprint, middle, and mixed sprint relay. Throughout this week we will publish the runners’ answers to these questions:

1) What is your goal at The World Games in Colombia?

2) Who do you think are the biggest favourites (or your biggest competitors) to win gold medal in your class?

3) Who do you think will win the Mixed Sprint Relay?

 

The first ones to answer are:

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Scott Fraser, Great Britain. Silver medallist at this year’s World Orienteering Championships sprint.

1)  I am going into The World Games with an ‘all in’ attitude and of course going for a medal.  I am still having problems with my toe so we’ll see if i can run the full programme in Columbia but I may have to skip the middle distance.    [Suspected broken toe in April – 2months out. WOC was first race of season]

2) I would say Mattias Kyburz is the favourite.  However, I think Jerker Lysell and Daniel Hubmann will be guys to watch out for.

3) There are so many good sprint teams out there so I think the mixed relay will be one of the most open, close and exciting race of the year.  I think GB have a very strong team and it’s about time we brought a gold back to the UK!!!

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Alison Crocker, USA. The best-ever American at World Orienteering Championships – and at World Ski Orienteering Championships.

1) My goal at The World Games is to come in the top 10 in the sprint and middle races. A lot of the top women are there, so this will be tough, but I think a good goal! 

2) Probably Tove Alexandersson is the biggest favourite, I bet with Minna Kauppi putting in a strong challenge after probably not the WOC races she was hoping for. Annika Billstam and the two Danish women, Ida Bobach and Maja Alm I also expect to be very strong!!

3) Ooh, very tough question. Looking at who each country is bringing, the Swiss and Swedes are sure to be up there, but it looks like Great Britain are really bringing their sprint A-team with Scott Fraser, Murray Strain, Tessa Hill (all top 10 in WOC sprint) and Cat Taylor (who chose not to run sprint in favor of the long, but definitely has the legs for it!).  

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Øystein Kvaal Østerbø, Norway. Norwegian sprint specialist with two 4th places at World Orienteering Championships sprint, and a 2nd place at this year’s Nordic Orienteering Tour knock-out sprint. Bronze in The World Games mixed relay in 2009.

1) My goal is to win a medal, both individual and in the relay. The World Games is one of the highlights this season, and something I have been looking forward to a long time.

2) The Swiss men are natural favorites. Matthias Kyburz has been the best runner in the World the last year, and Daniel Hubmann is back in shape after his injury. But it’s a lot of runners who can get a top position with a clean race.

3) I think the Mixed Sprint Relay is very open this year, and that both Switzerland, Great Britain, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway have a good chance to win. Also some other good teams have the chance to win a medal.

 

The World Games orienteering events in Cali, Colombia, begin on Friday 2 August with sprint. The whole programme can be found here: http://orienteering.org/events/?event_id=276

 

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