World Orienteering Championships: Swiss Sunday

Posted on | August 25, 2009 | Category: News

It was double gold for Switzerland in the long distance final on the last day of the World Orienteering Championships: both Simone Niggli and Daniel Hubmann produced superb performances to take the titles.

First it was Simone Niggli, who clearly had this title as the chief goal of her week, as this is the format she has excelled in since her first long distance gold medal in 2001 in Finland. She led throughout, and finished 1:51 ahead of Marianne Andersen, Norway, silver medallist for the 5th time in World Championships. The bronze medal went to Minna Kauppi (FIN), 2:10 slower than Niggli.

Hubmann was not tired yet

Daniel Hubmann retained the title he won in the Czech Republic last year. He took part in all distances at these World Championships, but was still able to run faster than anyone else on the last day. He won the 17.5 km course with 750 m climb in a time of 1:36:31, with Thierry Gueorgiou, France in second place almost 2 minutes down. The bronze medal went to Mikhail Mamleev, Italy who finished in 1:40:40.

– It was a perfect race. I had such a good feeling and the not so good leg on the relay also motivated me more for the race today, Daniel Hubmann said.

The race took place on a much cooler day than recently after a night of steady rain, which of course pleased the runners, in a hilly and detailed area close to the border with Slovakia.

So ended the 2009 World Championships. Next year’s Championships are in Trondheim, Norway, 7-15 August.

Leading results

Women
1) Simone Niggli SUI 1:17:26
2) Marianne Andersen NOR 1:19:17
3) Minna Kauppi FIN 1:19:36
4) Dana Brozkova CZE 1:19:47
5) Linnea Gustafsson SWE 1:20:48
6) Anne Margrethe Hausken NOR 1:21:50

Men
1) Daniel Hubmann SUI 1:36:31
2) Thierry Gueorgiou FRA 1:38:26
3) Mikhail Mamleev ITA 1:40:40
4) Mats Haldin FIN 1:41:57
5) Dmitry Tsvetkov RUS 1:42:27
6) Emil Wingstedt SWE 1:42:39

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