World Military Orienteering Championships 2016 summary

Posted on | November 25, 2016 | Category: News

Switzerland and Russia were the dominant nations at the World Military Orienteering Championships held in Brazil. Especially Matthias Kyburz finished an already incredible season, claiming four out of four victories.

For the second time in five years, the CISM World Military Orienteering Championships took place in Brazil. From 19-22 November, military personnel from 25 different countries competed in three distances; Middle, Long and Relay.

A Middle distance comprised of a mixture of dense thick forest and white open forest opened the championships.  Natalia Efimova from Russia won the women’s class ahead of Sarina Jenzer in second and Yulia Novikova coming third. The men’s podium was only represented by Swiss and Russian runners as well, with Matthias Kyburz first, Leonid Novikov second and Martin Hubmann in third position.

Middle results.

The long distance had same venue just extended a bit for the longer courses. As the with terrain, the podium for the Long distance had some repeats from the Middle, although with space for others than the Swiss and Russians. Sarina Jenzer achieved a two-minute win over Ursula Kadan, with the Middle distance winner Natalia Efimova placing third. Matthias Kyburz claimed another victory in front of Frederic Tranchand and Timo Sild.

Matthias Kyburz and Sarina Jenzer after the double Swiss victory at the Middle distance. Photo:

After the Middle and Long, a ‘Team competition’ was decided by adding together each nation’s four best results for both distances in the men’s and the three best for the women’s. That calculation resulted in victory for the Swiss men and the Russian women.

Long and Team results.

The championships finished with a relay in urban surroundings. Again, the Swiss men and Russian women were superior with clear wins. In the women’s class, Poland placed second followed by Lithuania. In the men’s, Poland also fought for the medals but had to settle for bronze after Russia had made it into second position.

Relay results.

As in previous years, the starting field for the CISM World Military Orienteering Championships included some quite strong runners, as the names mentioned in the recap of the results indicates.

The Brazilians participating on home ground could not frighten the very best but they performed well, with the women’s relay team placing seventh and Leticia Saltori placing ninth at the women’s Long distance as particular highlights.

Finland will be the host of the next CISM World Military Orienteering Championships, which will be the 50th edition of the championships. The city Hamina will be center for the jubilee event that will take place 10-16 June 2017.

Find more information and maps from CISM World Military Orienteering Championships 2016 here.

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