27/07/2014 || Split feelings for the first ever Italian medal ||Arena||

Italy has won a medal at JWOC for the first time ever. But Riccardo Scalet has split feelings after the historic race in Bulgaria. The 18-year-old Italian ran quite slowly to the first control to get good contact with the map in this difficult terrain with so many details. It was a good tactic, and […]


26/07/2014 || Kirmula: not exactly sixth the third time! ||Arena||

Photo: Erik Borg Miika Kirmula finished sixth in both Sprint and Long, and he expected the same on Middle Distance when he was finishing. The Finn lost half a minute on one control, and about 10–15 seconds on three others. “I didn’t think about winning since I had made the mistakes, but the three smallest […]


26/07/2014 || Tommer: careful navigation the key to success ||Arena||

Photo: Erik Borg Sina Tommer was thinking that a place among the fifteen best would be possible. After the last individual race at JWOC she is a world champion. “Mistakes? I wouldn’t say so”. – Not a second? “Well a second here and there, maybe”, smiles the Swiss. She started as number six of the […]


26/07/2014 || Hagström: happy to share gold with hotel friend ||Arena||

Photo: Erik Borg How do you think Sara Hagström thinks about her second and shared gold at JWOC Italy? Does the Swede wish she had been faster in the last metres? First Hägström won the Sprint. Then she was just three seconds from gold on the Long Distance. The last individual distance ended with gold […]


26/07/2014 || JWOC Middle Distance Final: three gold medal winners! ||News||

A technically challenging Middle Distance Final in the Junior World Championships in Bulgaria ended today with two women gold medallists: Sina Tommer, Switzerland and Sara Hagström, Sweden recorded exactly the same time for the 3.1 km course. The men’s title went to Miika Kirmula, Finland.


25/07/2014 || JWOC Middle A-Final: twenty-five nations represented ||News||

Twenty nations in the women’s final; twenty-four in the men’s, twenty-five overall. Those are the statistics after the qualification races today. Only three nations have a full complement of women or men through: Denmark and Sweden in the women’s and Finland in the men’s.


25/07/2014 || Seven weeks navigating in Europe ||Arena||

Michael Laraia (left), Isabel Bryant and Ethan Childs are navigating around Europe this summer. Photo: Erik Borg For weeks, some very keen juniors from the USA have been travelling in Europe to experience terrain and controls in different countries. Now they are ready for the final races: the Middle Distance Final and the Relay at JWOC […]


25/07/2014 || Home cheering but not home terrain ||Arena||

The A-finalists from Bulgaria: Martina Dzhulieva, Stefan Mikhaylov (left), Martin Ponev and Apostol Atanasov are ready for good runs in the last individual race of JWOC. Photo: Erik Borg When the Bulgarians arrive at the arena they really feel that they are in their own country, but in the forest it isn’t just like that. “We […]


25/07/2014 || Challenging courses in JWOC Middle Qualification ||News||

It was back in action today for runners in the Junior World Orienteering Championships, with up to six women and six men from each nation taking part in the Middle Distance qualification races. There were 3 women’s and 3 men’s heats, with the top 20 from each heat going through to tomorrow’s final.


24/07/2014 || Johansson – learning from the world’s best ||Arena||

Anton Johansson is very often training with, and learning from, a medallist in the two last World Championships. His father is also a former star. On the Long Distance at JWOC, the young Swede himself wrote his name in the history books of orienteering. For Johansson it was in some ways “finally the gold”. Last […]


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