World Trail Orienteering Championships: Happy winners

Posted on | August 25, 2009 | Category: News

Lennart Wahlgren won the paralympic class gold at the World Trail Orienteering Championships in Hungary, and became the first athlete to have two individual gold medals from WTOC. However, he might be challenged already next year: open class winner Vitaliy Kirichenko says that he will be prepared to win again in Trondheim. The gold medal from Hungary was Kirichenko’s first individual medal.

Difficult second day

The Swedish winner of the paralympic class is very happy.
-It’s nice to win again. I’m the first that has got two titles, he smiles.

Wahlgren made only two mistakes the first day, but the second of the two days counting together he had nine mistakes among the 20 controls.

-I didn’t think at all that I could win again. The second day was really tricky. The controls were close to each other and there wasn’t too much to read on the map either. So it was difficult to find the right one among them, says Wahlgren.

He started with orienteering in 1971 and with trail orienteering in 1998.


Lennart Wahlgren from Sweden is the first ever to win two golds in WTOC.

Vitaliy heads for more

It was really a great day for Ukraine in trail orienteering on Saturday, with both victory in the team competition and in the open class. But this is only the beginning.

-I really want to win again in Trondheim next year, smiles Vitaliy Kirichenko. He was on the eight place after the first day, but managed to do an incredible second race. He was very concentrated during the race and really wanted not only to do well but win it all.
-But it’s hard to describe how I feel now. I haven’t had any time to think yet, he smiles.

Vitaliy is 38 years old and lives in Odessa. He started with orienteering 28 years ago and with trail orienteering four years ago. His first major event was the European Championship in Latvia last year. He smiles and says that the results from there are not worth remembering.

Ukraine won even the team competition and the whole team celebrated it happily. One of the athletes in the team was only fourteen years old. He took also a very good seventh place individually.


World Champion Vitaliy Kirichenko aims for more success next year.

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