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17/07/2012 || World Orienteering Championships, men’s Middle final: first-ever gold for Latvia ||News||

Edgars Bertuks made history in Latvian orienteering with a first-ever World Championship gold medal today.

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17/07/2012 || World Orienteering Championships, women’s Middle final: victory for Minna Kauppi ||News||

A dramatic women’s Middle distance final ended with victory for Minna Kauppi, Finland by 32 seconds over the new young star from Sweden, Tove Alexandersson. Tatiana Riabkina, Russia took the bronze medal, 54 seconds slower than Alexandersson.

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16/07/2012 || Thierry Gueorgiou: “I felt so happy this morning” ||Arena||

Thierry Gueorgiou is back in business and in good physical form. After not taking part in competitions since the middle of May he is back just in time.  “I felt so happy this morning”, Thierry smiles. “It was so fantastic that I can run again”.  – for how long has everything been OK?  “For just […]

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16/07/2012 || Kristina the jumper ||Arena||

At the second-last control in the Middle qualification, the runners arrived in very different ways. Kristina Rybakovaite was one who jumped into the control. “I often jump over things in the forest”, the Lithuanian smiles.  She also had good control of the map and achieved a good ninth position in her qualification group today. Like […]

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16/07/2012 || 29 nations have Middle distance qualifiers ||Arena||

There will be 29 nations represented in the Middle distance Final, of which only 4 have six runners qualified. They are Finland, Norway, Switzerland and Sweden. Four more nations have all but one of their runners through: Austria, Denmark, Latvia and Lithuania. China, Croatia, Germany, New Zealand and Slovakia have a runner qualified for the […]

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16/07/2012 || World Orienteering Championships, Middle qualification: Gueorgiou clearly back in form! ||News||

Thierry Gueorgiou lost no time in demonstrating his ability to defend the Middle distance crown yet again, winning his heat by a whole 53 seconds over no less than yesterday’s heat winner and European Champion at Middle and Long distance, Olav Lundanes, Norway.

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16/07/2012 || World Orienteering Championships, Middle qualification: Alexandersson wins heat ||News||

The Middle distance qualification races were held today on a warm and sunny day on typical Jura terrain – quite stony and steep, with some thick vegetation too to slow the competitors. In all, a quite different technical and physical challenge to that they encountered in the Long qualification yesterday.

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16/07/2012 || 27 nations in Long distance final ||Arena||

27 nations will be represented in the Long distance final on Thursday. Five of these – CZE, NOR, RUS, SUI and SWE – have the maximum number of runners through the qualification and in the Final; in the case of Sweden, this means 7 runners rather than 6 because the defending women’s champion, Annika Billstam, […]

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16/07/2012 || Now 46 starters in women’s Long distance final ||Arena||

There will be 46 starters in the Long distance women’s final on Thursday. This is because in the qualification race yesterday Tatyana Riabkina, Russia, was given the map for heat A, although she was listed on the start list of heat B. Tatyana won the race in heat A, and it has been decided that […]

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16/07/2012 || World Orienteering Championships being staged in Sports Capital of the World ||News||

The Opening Ceremony of the World Championships took place after the Sprint Final and before the Sprint prize-giving, an arrangement that ensured that all the athletes could be present (no quarantine restrictions). Athletes were led in parade by a jazz band and each country’s team was headed by a local girl or boy who had competed in a youth championships in that part of Lausanne earlier in the day.

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