World Orienteering Championships: Billstam retains title, Hubmann gets full medal set

Posted on | August 4, 2015 | Category: News

Annika Billstam, Sweden and Daniel Hubmann, Switzerland are the 2015 Middle Distance champions. Billstam retains the title she won last year, whilst for Hubmann this was the individual medal he had previously failed to get.

On a course which varied immensely from open runnable forest through some denser patches with clusters of controls to rough open land with significant vegetation, plenty of mistakes were made, and Billstam and Hubmann both won through taking a measured pace at high concentration throughout, only stepping up the speed in the final stages. The finish arena was spectacularly placed in a large meadow just in front of the very imposing Darnaway Castle whose owner, the Earl of Moray, is the patron of the Championships.

The silver medalist in the women’s race was Merja Rantanen, Finland, 50 seconds slower than Annika Billstam, and the bronze went to Emma Johansson, Sweden, who lost her chance of a higher position in making an elementary mistake at the penultimate control. She was 1.18 down on Billstam’s time. For Annika Billstam, sustained success is coming late in her elite-level running career – she is now 39.

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Annika Billstam heads for gold                                                               Photo: Erik Borg

24-year-old Lucas Basset, France took the men’s silver medal, just 3 seconds down on Hubmann. Last year he was 15th in the corresponding race, and he achieved a 4th place at Middle Distance in his final Junior World Championships. But this is clearly his greatest success in his orienteering career so far. Bronze medalist was Olle Boström, Sweden, a further 10 seconds down in a race where the winning time was nearly 1½ minutes slower than the planner’s estimate.

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Men’s medal-winners                                                                               Photo: Erik Borg

Full results are on the WOC website The IOF LiveCenter production can be viewed respectively via the LiveCenter tab in the top right corner of the IOF website home page. Interviews will appear later in the Around the Arena section at the foot of the home page.

Tomorrow is the Relay at the same venue; the Women’s Relay starts at 13.55 British Summer Time.

Leading results


  1. Annika Billstam SWE 35.46
  2. Merja Rantanen FIN 36.36
  3. Emma Johansson SWE 04
  4. Ida Bobach DEN 37.32
  5. Catherine Taylor GBR 37.45
  6. Nadiya Volynska UKR 37.54


  1. Daniel Hubmann SUI 34.23
  2. Lucas Basset FRA 34.26
  3. Olle Boström SWE 34.36
  4. Magne Dæhli NOR 34.49
  5. Fabian Hertner SUI 34.58
  6. Oleksandr Kratov UKR 35.08


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