Repeat win for Simona; Joey won with ‘wrong’ route choice

Posted on | July 10, 2016 | Category: Arena, News

The Swiss winners have almost the same summary of the race: a very good one. And of course it was – they both became world champions! Simona Aebersold didn’t know of any mistakes. Joey Hadorn soon heard about one decision he lost some seconds on, but also he had to take the biggest jump on to the podium.

“I started a bit safe to the first two controls to get really into the navigation”, Joey says.

“It was a very hard race and I really felt tired in my legs for the last third of the race”, Simona says.

Joey was afterwards told that he hadn’t taken a good route choice on the long leg. “I ran right. I didn’t see the choice to the left. For me it looked like it was not possible to pass there all the way and I just focused on my choice”.

Not the same as last year

For the women’s winner it ended like one year ago. “The feelings after the race are a bit the same. I am very happy, but I need some time to get used to it”, the 18-year-old tells.

In some ways they were two completely different races. “One year ago I was a first-year junior and was taking part to gain experience. There were no expectations. This year much more was expected of me. I felt more pressure. On the other hand the victory last year gave me confidence – and especially for big races”, she says.

women best six JWOC Sprint 20-7-17

Women top six                                                                      Photos: Erik Borg

A sport in generations

Joey Hadorn also took part in Rauland in Norway. Then he ended thirteenth on the Sprint in his first JWOC. “This year’s Championship has been a goal since it was decided in 2013 that it would be in Switzerland. A medal has been a dream!”

– Why are you doing well?

“I have a hard head and I’m good in focusing on just what to do”.

The champion is from the club OL Norska. He lives in Thun, where WOC was in 1981, and he is from a real orienteering family. “My grandfather Bänz was central in starting the club. My dad Daniel does a lot of work in the club nowadays”.

– And now you’re getting the results for the club!

The winner’s answer is a smile.

In fourth place was Simon Dubach, who is also from OL Norska.

best men JWOC Sprint 20-7-16

Top six men – four of them Swiss!

For the home nation there were marvellous results, with five among the 11 best in the men’s class and three among the top ten in the women’s race.

More to achieve

For both winners, the Sprint was their very best last year. The forest running didn’t end so well. This year they are looking forward to revenges. The mountain terrain in Norway with a lot of marshes was different from what they are used to. Here they know what to do.

“To be among the ten best or get a diploma would be great”, Joey tells.

“I have hope for doing well in the forest disciplines too”, says Simona. The 18-year-old athlete is from Brück, close to Bern. “It’s in the opposite part of Switzerland. It’s about four hours’ driving to Scuol”, the Sprint phantom tells – the gap to silver winner Anna Dvorianskaia was 52 seconds on the 3.3 kilometre long course with 17 controls. The men had 3.7 kilometres with 20 controls.

A town sprint

The finish was just outside the Event Centre in Scuol, which is in the Engadin district in the north-east part of Switzerland. The first Final race in JWOC was in an urban area with grassy public parks. The modern part of the town has shopping streets and a thermal bath area. The old part has narrow streets and houses close to the streets.

On Monday the Long Distance race will be held in the Engadin valley. Athletes from 39 nations are taking part in JWOC, 148 women and 174 men.


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