9 days to The World Games: “Anything can happen in the relay!”

Posted on | July 24, 2013 | Category: News

In 9 days The World Games orienteering events kick off in Cali, Colombia. We have asked the world top orienteers what their goal is at The Games – and who they think will be the winner of sprint, middle, and mixed sprint relay. Throughout this week we will publish the runners’ answers to these questions:

1) What is your goal at The World Games in Colombia?

2) Who do you think are the biggest favourites (or your biggest competitors) to win gold medal in your class?

3) Who do you think will win the Mixed Sprint Relay?

This time we get answers from:

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Gernot Kerschbaumer, Austria. World Military Champion in 2011 in Brazil.

1) I hope I can take the upwind from the World Champs with me. A place in the first third in the individual races would be fine for me.

2) If the middle distance is just a longer sprint competition, we will have the same top favourites in both competitions: Beside the Swiss guys, Lysell, Fraser, Tranchand and Rasmus T. Hansen.

3) I’m really looking forward to that competition. According to the paper, Switzerland or Sweden will be on top, but you never know…

Amélie Chataing

Amélie Chataing, France. 7th on Middle Distance at the World Championships 2013, member of the IOF Athletes’ Commission.

1) I haven’t been competing at all in sprint this year at international level, so I don’t know exactly what i can expect from myself in term of results in Cali. So I would say the typical sentence, that my goal is to do my best at every race.

2) I think it will be a tough competition, the Swedish girls (Tove and Annika) seem to be very strong but several other good runners can take the gold too.

3) This will be a rather open course, many countries have 4 really good sprinters. I would say that Switzerland, Sweden and Denmark are the favourites, but I also hope that France won’t be too far behind.


Kiril Nikolov, Bulgaria. European Championships silver medallist in Sprint in 2012

1) My goal is a medal. I was really disappointed in my WOC sprint, and I think this will be a good motive for a good run :)

2) Orienteering is a sport where is all about you and your performance! But speaking of competition I think it will be really hard! Almost all the big names in the orienteering world are there and specially the sprinters. In such a terrain and map where you don’t have so much information, you can’t really say what will happen and who will win, but we are about to see soon :)

3) Swiss are on top of my favorite list, but we have seen many things in orienteering during relays. So anything can happen :)


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