Striving for medals at The World Games

Posted on | July 24, 2017 | Category: News, Newsletter

The World Games, the highest profile event for sports not in the Olympic Games, are now under way in Wroclaw, Poland. Three orienteering races are in the programme: a Sprint, a Middle Distance and a Sprint Relay. Follow the competitions at LIVE Orienteering.

A detailed selection process allows for 26 nations to be represented, with 4 or 5 athletes per team from most of these nations. Many World Championships medal winners will be competing, striving hard for one of the prestigious World Games medals.

Maja Alm on top form

The women’s list is headed by Maja Alm, Denmark, Sprint World Champion this year and the previous two, who has also had good success in 5,000 m races recently. She is undoubtedly the fastest runner in the field, but orienteering-wise she will be pushed hard by the likes of Helena Jansson, Sweden, the Russians Galina Vinogradova and Natalia Gemperle and the Ukraine athlete Nadiya Volynska. Other top women taking part include Marika Teini (Finland) and Sabina Hauswirth (Switzerland).

Success this time for Yannick Michiels?

The men’s field includes previous Sprint World Champions Jerker Lysell, Sweden (2016) and the Dane Søren Bobach (2014), but both will find Matthias Kyburz, Switzerland a very tough opponent in both Sprint and Middle races. The other Swiss team member, Fabian Hertner, can also be expected to be amongst the leaders. In the Sprint, Yannick Michiels, Belgium is surely due for a real success. Frederik Tranchand, France (Sprint) and Oleksandr Kratov, Ukraine and Martin Regborn, Sweden (Middle) are three more to watch out for.

Several countries will fancy their chances in the Sprint Relay, but Sweden have a strong and experienced team and may well start as favourites. Switzerland could well be their closest challengers.

Varied terrain – including a zoo

The Sprint is on flat and mainly urban terrain; the Middle race is in quite hilly deciduous forest with undergrowth and poor visibility in parts, and with interesting contour detail and route choice possibilities as it is moraine terrain. The Sprint Relay will have part of the course inside Wroclaw Zoo.

Individual race start lists are in reverse order of current positions in the IOF World Rankings. You can follow the races live on LIVE Orienteering and Bulletin 4, giving full competition details, can be downloaded from IOF Eventor, where start lists will also be posted.

The World Games Orienteering schedule

Tuesday 25 July: Sprint: women start 11.00 CET, men 12.00

Wednesday 26 July: Middle Distance: women start 9.30, men 11.30

Thursday 27 July: Sprint Relay, start 9.00

Follow the competitions at LIVE Orienteering with live streaming, GPS and results.

The World Games is a multi-sport event staged every four years by the International World Games Association under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee. The 10th edition of The World Games is being held in Wroclaw, Poland, 20–30 July 2017. Over 3,000 athletes from 31 sports and over 110 countries are taking part in the Games. The Games are also being shown 24/7 on the Olympic Channel.

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