The orienteering world is getting bigger

Posted on | July 11, 2007 | Category: News

Runners from 23 nations qualified for the final of the middle distance at JWOC in Australia. New nations are making progress.

The big orienteering nations have again demonstrated their strength, of course, but the most interesting thing in today’s qualification in the middle distance was that so many nations managed to get runners among the 20 best in the heats, and therefore will be represented in the final tomorrow.

It was also good to see that some runners from the not so big nations did very well. One good example of that is Nicholas Simonin from Ireland, who was fourth in his heat. He was only 80 seconds behind the Norwegian Olav Lundanes, who had a good race.

A lot of nations managed to get runners to the final: 20 different nations in the women’s class and 22 nations in the men’s.

The 23 nations are Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, CzechRepublic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and USA. Only five nations didn’t get runners in the final – Belarus, Canada, China, Hong Kong and Japan.

View the photos – one runner from each of the participating 28 nations!

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Jessica Davies, AUS

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Stephanie Killman, AUT

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Johan Goubau, BLR

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Ilian Tonchev, BUL

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Fraser Ross, CAN

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Liang Jianlong, CHN

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Adam Chromy, CZE

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Rico Mogensen, DEN

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Daniel Portal Gordillo, ESP

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Tiimoa Sild, EST

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Aapo Summanen, FIN

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Gaelle Barlet, FRA

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Tessa Hill, GBR

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Marie Winkler, GER

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U Hang Leung, HKG

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Zsolt Lenkei, HUN, and Juste Raimbault, FRA

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Nicholas Simonin, IRL

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Nicole Scalet, ITA

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Yuki Shirakata, JPN

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Anatolijis Tarasova, LAT

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Vilius Aleliunas, LTU

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Tineke Berthelsen, NZL

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Olav Lundanes, NOR

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Petr Nurmukhametov, RUS

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Mihal Krajic, SVK

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Martin Hubmann, SUI

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Jenny Lönnkvist, SWE

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Holly Kuestner, USA

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