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Norway and Sweden claim first gold medals in the relay

Norway won the men’s relay

On the first leg the runners were mostly in one big group, with two attempts to break away from the rest. First the French baroudeur Matthieu Perrin managed to get a small gap, but lost it because of a wrong exit direction from the 5th control. The second try was by Finland’s Akseli Ruohola, which almost succeeded if not for Norway’s Kasper Fosser, who caught up with the Finn and together they came to the changeover with a lead of half a minute to the chasers.


On the second leg Norway’s Elias Jonsson drew away from all rivals. Finland’s Aleksi Sorsa fell behind Jonsson and was caught by the chasing group because of an unsuccesful route choice to the the first control. After that while Norway moved slowly further away from other countries, the big group broke apart and saw some changes among the main contenders for the medals. By the changeover Norway’s lead was one and a half minutes in front of Finland’s second team (Topi Syrjäläinen) and Russia’s Kirill Komarov.

On the last leg most of the teams had their strongest runners. Norway’s Audun Heimdal kept his cool and good speed and brought Norway to finish as world champion. The battle for the second and third places was exciting. In addition to Finland’s second team (Ollipekka Heikkilä) and Russia (Mikhail Kuleshov), Norway’s second team (Einar Melsom) and Finland’s first team (Olli Ojanaho) also joined the fight. At the runthrough even Norway’s double victory seemed possible, but a big mistake to the 8th control by Melsom erased those hopes. Among the other three boys chasing Heimdal, Ojanaho was the strongest and finished second with the best leg time of the day, Kuleshov, who tried to beat Ojanaho by choosing different route choices on the last loop, was left third.

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Sweden’s first gold

The big group broke apart already on the first loop of the first leg with three of the big favourites – Switzerland, Sweden and Norway – being the runaways. On the second loop of the first leg the leading trio split into two: Norway’s Victoria Haestad Bjornstad ran away from Sweden’s Lisa Jonsson Nordin and Switzerland’s Valerie Aebischer and at the finish changed over with a whole 2 min lead to the Swede and the Swiss.

On the second leg Norway’s Ingrid Lundanes managed to keep the lead, although it shrank down to 1.17 at the changeover. Behind the Norwegian it was a bit more hectic. By the end of the first loop France (Florence Hanauer) and Denmark (Agnes Kracht) had caught up with Sweden (Sanna Fast) and Switzerland (Sofie Bachmann), but during the last loop Fast and Bachmann regained their positions and at the changeover the top three was again in the same order: Norway first, Sweden second (+1.17) and Switzerland third (+1.58).

On the third leg Norway’s (Marie Olaussen) lead shrank away very quickly and already at the 2nd control Sweden’s Linnea Golsater had taken the lead. By the 5th control also Switzerland’s Simona Aebersold passed the Norwegian and started to chase Golsater. On the last loop Golsater did better orienteering and Aebersold was unable to catch her. Sweden got their first gold medal of this year’s JWOC, Switzerland had to content with the silver (+1.37) and Norway, although being in the lead during most of the race, got bronze (+5.01).



Photos from relay and prize giving ceremony

Photos (by Marjo Lalli) from relay and prize giving ceremony are here:

Phots from long distance

Photos (by Marjo Lalli) from long distance

Medal statistics and team results


team results

Long distance gold medals to the usual suspects Aebersold and Ojanaho

Olli Ojanaho’s medal hopes were hanging by a thread

Olli Ojanaho (FIN) (1:05.11) won his third consecutive gold medal at the JWOC today Friday before Simon Imark (SWE) (1:05.54, +0.43) and Simon Hector (SWE) (1:06.07, +0.56).

Ojanaho had to fight for his gold medal this time. He started with a small mistake to the first control into which he later on added another 1-minute mistake on the way to the 7th control. Result of these two mistakes he was almost 2 minutes behind the leaders at the 30-minute mark, but from there onwards he was crushing the field. Ojanaho stayed true to his tactics and ran very close to the line even on the longest leg of the course, clocking the second best time on that one. Then he went on to win the last five legs, leaving the two Swedes closely, but clearly behind himself.

Both Simons started well, but slowly got more tired than Ojanaho in the end and despite a good battle had to acknowledge the superiority of Ojanaho once again.

Simona Aebersold proved the world champion wrong

Simona Aebersold (SUI) (56.03) is a triple world champion at 2017 JWOC after the long distance race on today Friday. Vera Klemettinen (FIN) (59.17, +3.14) took the silver medal and Sofie Bachmann (SUI) (1:02.52, +6.49) the bronze medal.

Aebersold was from another planet today as she won half of the 16 legs on the girls’ course and lost only 55 seconds to the ideal time. In addition she defeated the target time by 3 minutes which was the estimated winning time by the course setter and former world champion Jani Lakanen.

Klemettinen was not far away from Aebersold in the first part of the course but made a worse route choice on the long leg and consecutively continued with more mistakes during the latter part of the race. Regardless of this, she was a clear second today. Bachmann showed how important it is to keep fighting on a long distance: she was as far as 37th at the second control and rose into a medal position during the last 10 minutes of the race.

Sprint and prize giving seremony photos

Photos (by Marjo Lalli) from sprint race can be found here:

Photos from prize giving seremony are here:

The gold medals again for Aebersold and Ojanaho

A historic win for Simona Aebersold

Simona Aebersold (SUI) (14.02) became a double junior world champion today by winning the sprint in front of Tereza Janosikova (CZE) (14.09, +0.07) and Linnea Golsater (14.21, +0.19).

Aebersold showed once again how good an all-round orienteer she is by defending her JWOC sprint gold from the two previous years. In her opinion today’s course was not typical for Tampere, but this seemed to suit her well: just like at middle distance, she was in the lead from the beginning to the finish. Aebersold is now the first person ever to win JWOC sprint gold three years in a row.

Janosikova kept the competition interesting by being the only one who had a shot at winning, all the time losing less than 10s to Aebersold. In the end she lost with only seven seconds, but this is the nature of sprint: even the smallest mistakes and hesitations prove to be decisive. She praised the course setter, who managed to make a diverse course that had changing characteristics as well as required intense orienteering throughout the competition.

Golsater got a bronze medal today in addition to her silver medal from the middle distance. She said that she hasn’t done any specific preparation for the sprint, running only three sprint races before the JWOC. It shows that specialisation in the junior classes is perhaps not yet as clear cut as in the elite classes. Both Janosikova and Golsater did mention that the terrain and course were a bit surprising and homework did not pay off that much – today the best were the ones who adapted quickly to unexpected circumstances.


1) Simona Aebersold Swizerland, 14:02

2) Tereza Janosikova, Czech Republic, 14:09

3) Linnea Golsater, Sweden, 14:21

4) Anna Dvorianskaia, Russia, 14:36

5) Valerie Aebischer Swizerland, 14:44

6) Anu Tuomisto, Finland, 14:45


Olli Ojanaho was the only one to break the 14 min barrier

Olli Ojanaho (FIN) (13.59) won his second JWOC gold medal today, ahead of Tommy Hayes (NZL) (14.07, +0.08) and Joey Hadorn (SUI) (14.09, +0.10).

Ojanaho had troubles finding the start point from the map during the first moments of the race, which caused a rough beginning, but even so he never fell out of the medal positions. In the second half of the competition his orienteering became much smoother and by pushing his limits, Ojanaho turned his 10s loss at the first radio into a clear victory at the finish: there was no question, Olli Ojanaho was again the strongest!


Hayes was perhaps a less-known name before today’s competition, but his impressive run announced an arrival of yet another strong sprinter from New Zealand. Hayes’ split at the first radio remained the best throughout the race and he only let the big favourite Ojanaho pass him in the second part of the race. There are no secrets behind Hayes’ success, it is easier to prepare for sprints in New Zealand than for forest distances and coupled with many track-sessions he has steadily raised his sprint orienteering to the world’s top junior level. That is not to say that forest distances are less important for Hayes, after a disappointing middle distance he is looking forward to the long distance and to the relay with his teammates.

Hadorn, on the other hand, was a strong favourite before today’s race, and he did not disappoint. As a quite an early starter, his time remained at the top of the results list for a very long time. Hadorn was mainly satisified with his race, but found faults in the execution of some longer legs. All in all with sprint being such a tight competition, he was happy with the bronze medal.


1) Olli Ojanaho, Finland, 13:59

2) Tommy Hayes, New-Zealand, 14:07

3) Joey Hadorn, Swizerland, 14:09

4) Tuomas Heikkila, Finland, 14:15

5) Alexander Chepeli, Great Britain, 14:16

6) Ricardo Esteves Ferreira, Portugal, 14:17

Middle final photos

Photos from Middle distance final can be found here:

Seminar of orienteering coaching

On Wednesday 12th there will be seminar of orienteering coaching organized after the JWOC prize giving ceremony. Seminar starts at 7pm and will be held in Ratina Stadium facilities. There is free entry into the seminar and doors will be open for all. Language of the seminar is Finnish. Please find further details of the seminar below.Seminar of orienteering coaching

Ojanaho and Aebersold – the clear winners on the middle distance

Finnish favourite managed to handle the pressure

Olli Ojanaho (FIN) won the gold medal at JWOC middle distance today with a big gap to the second place Audun Heimdal (NOR) (+1.21) and third place Simon Imark (SWE) (2.03).

Ojanaho said that he was a bit nervous at the beginning of the race, but managed to do a technically good first part of the course. After the runthrough he caught up with few runners, which resulted in some loss of focus and two small mistakes to the 15th and 16th control. Still, Ojanaho was physically above the others and despite those minor mistakes in an otherwise solid and stable run, celebrated as a clear winner.


Heimdal felt that the terrain was somewhat similar to Norway and together with good mapping suited him well. Surprisingly the most difficult leg was the last one: it looked easy on the map, one just had to follow a small track down a hill straight to the last control. But, as we all know, orienteering is not over until the last control! Like many others Heimdal had pretty much put the map already into his pocket and started to follow a wrong track made by previous runners, but corrected his mistake quickly and finished at a very fine second place.

Imark started good by going very straight to the first three controls, which killed medal chances for many favourites, but then had problems to the 4th, 6th and 8th control. Nevertheless, he did not let his mistakes bother him too much, managed to refocus and with a strong second part of the race could finish as a very happy bronze medalist.

  1. Olli Ojanaho, Finland, 23.47
  2. Audun Heimdal, Norway, 25.08
  3. Simon Imark, Sweden, 25.50
  4. Mathieu Perrin, France, 25.51
  5. Anton Forsberg, Sweden, 26.18
  6. Isac von Krusenstierna, Sweden, 26.19


Simona Aebersold made it look easy

Simona Aebersold (SUI) won the JWOC middle distance gold with the time of 23.15. Second was Linnea Golsater (SWE) (24.29, +1.14) and third Veera Klemettinen (FIN) (25.03, +1.48).


Aebersold made an impressive solo run and kept her orienteering under control during the whole race. She had hardly a weak moment during the race and her win was very formidable. Golsater was the only one in the first part of the course, who could match Aebersold’s speed, but a poor execution of the long leg cost her half a minute and a chance to fight for the gold until the end. The home crowd was happy to see Veera Klemettinen take the bronze medal after a tough fight between many girls, which found its resolve only with the very last controls.

  1. Simona Aebersold, Switzerland, 23.15
  2. Linnea Golsater, Sweden, 24.29
  3. Veera Klemettinen, Finland, 25.03
  4. Victoria Haestad Bjornstad, Norway, 25.14
  5. Sofie Bachmann, Switzerland, 25.39
  6. Sanna Fast, Sweden, 25.47