Leonid Novikov and Simone Niggli have been awarded with “The Orienteering Achievement of 2013″ titles in the mens and womens class, respectively! Niggli – who finished her international career after this season – won the award for the 5th time with nearly 50% of the votes. Among the men, Leonid Novikov got nearly twice the amount of votes of number two – World Games surprise Vilius Aleliunas from Lithuania.
The vote has been decided by the big international readership of WorldofO.com – nearly 4500 unique votes from around 60 different countries have been delivered – making these results very representative for the worldwide orienteering community. Big thanks go to all voters and to the event sponsors Five+Five days 2014, EONTours, Sun-o, Cerkno Cup, Bergen Sprint Camp, Lipica Open, North American Champs 2014, 3 days of trenches, Riga Orienteering Week and 3rd Mediterranean Champs.
In the Men’s class Leonid Novikov won with 20.3% of the votes ahead of Vilius Aleliunas with 11.4%, Matthias Kyburz with 10.9% and the Ukrainian WOC relay team with 10.2%. In the Womens’s class Simone Niggli won with an impressive 45.7% of the votes ahead of the Austrian World Games relay team with 18.5%, Tove Alexandersson with 9.6% and Nadiya Volynska with 9.3%. The fascinating stories behind each nomination can be read at the poll page for men and women, respectively.
Jan Kocbach / World of O