Military World Championships: double gold for Matthias Kyburz

Posted on | August 27, 2014 | Category: News

Matthias Kyburz, Switzerland has won both of the two individual races in the Military World Championships being held in Austria this week. Two Russians, Yulia Novikova and Natalia Efimova, won the gold medals in the women’s races.

The 47th Military World Championships, organized by the Austrian military under the auspices of the Conseil International du Sport Militaire (CISM), are being held at Güssing, 150 km south of Vienna. 264 competitors from 29 nations are taking part in the event which consists of Middle and Long Distance individual races and a relay. Quite a number of elite orienteers are military personnel, so many well-known names appear in the start lists. The races count towards IOF World Ranking points.

In both Middle and Long races there have been 80 women and 184 men taking part. The Middle race produced Yulia Novikova and Matthias Kyburz as champions, the former winning by 18 seconds from the Lithuanian Sandra Pauzaite and the latter by 40 seconds from local hero Gernot Kerschbaumer, who was Long Distance champion in 2011 in Brazil.

Natalia Efimova won the Long Distance race by 1.02 with Annika Rihma, Estonia taking the silver medal. Fabian Hertner, Switzerland was silver medallist in the men’s race, 1.32 slower than Kyburz, with Russian Andrey Khramov in bronze medal position. The Swiss team excelled themselves, taking 5 of the top 6 places.

The championships end on Friday with the relay competition.

For more details and full results go to

Medallists, Middle Distance


  1. Yulia Novikova RUS 26:34
  2. Sandra Pauzaite LTU 26:52
  3. Galina Vinogradova RUS 28:15


  1. Matthias Kyburz SUI 27:19
  2. Gernot Kerschbaumer AUT 27:59
  3. Fabian Hertner SUI 28:14

Long Distance


  1. Natalia Efimova RUS 50:06
  2. Annika Rihma EST 51:08
  3. Yulia Novikova RUS 52:28


  1. Matthias Kyburz SUI 1:04:35
  2. Fabian Hertner SUI 1:06:07
  3. Andrey Khramov RUS 1:07:13
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