Sunday, July 31, 2016

WUOC 2016: Jones and Kosová got the Sprint titles

Kristian Mark Jones and Denisa Kosová were the big winners of the Sprint race that opened the competitive program of the FISU World University Orienteering Championships 2016, held this morning in Lillafüred, Hungary.

For the third time ever, the World University Orienteering Championships take place in Hungary. The City of Miskolc and the Miskolc University are the hosts of an event that brings together 266 athletes from 34 different countries. The event extends over the next five days and the program is distributed by the competitions of Sprint, Long Distance, Sprint Relay, Middle Distance and classical Relay.

The Sprint race opened the Championships and took place this morning in the beautiful green region of Lillafüred, 15 km west of Miskolc. In the Men class, the British Kris Jones did a great race, leading the course since the very beginning and finishing with the time of 13:49. Thus, he confirmed the good performances on the recent European Orienteering Championships, where he was the 15th placed in the Sprint final. Jonas Egger and Florian Schneider, both from Switzerland, were second and third, respectively, with more 33 and 42 seconds than Jones. Áron Bakó was the best Hungarian athlete in the 16th position with the time of 15:36.

In the Women Elite class, the winner was the Czech Denisa Kosová with the time of 16:28. She came from the EOC in her home country with an excellent 24th place in the final, but the favourite was the Russian Anna Dvorinskaya - 8th placed in the EOC and silver medalist in the Junior World Orienteering Championships. However, Dvorinskaya couldn't get better than the 2nd place in today's race, ex-æquo with the Finnish Maija Sianoja, 9 seconds after the winner. After her wonderful 4th place in the JWOC Sprint, the Hungarian Virág Weiler was below the expectations, finishing in the 13th position, with more 1:09 than Kosová.


Men (112) 3,6 km 120 m 23 C
1. Kris Jones (Great Britain) 13:49 (+ 00:00)
2. Jonas Egger (Switzerland) 14:22 (+ 00:33)
3. Florian Schneider (Switzerland) 14:31 (+ 00:42)
4. Jan Petržela (Czech Republic) 14:54 (+ 01:05)
4. Miloš Nykodým (Czech Republic) 14:54 (+ 01:05)
6. William Jonathan Gardner (Great Britain) 15:02 (+ 01:13)

Women (84) 3,3 km 115 m 21 C
1. Denisa Kosová (Czech Republic) 16:28 (+ 00:00)
2. Maija Sianoja (Finland) 16:37 (+ 00:09)
2. Anna Dvorinskaia (Russia) 16:37 (+ 00:09)
4. Laura Ramstein (Austria) 16:44 (+ 00:16)
5. Bettina Aebi (Switzerland) 16:54 (+ 00:26)
6. Ingjerd Myhre (Norway) 17:06 (+ 00:38)

Complete results and further information at

[Photo: WUOC 2016 /]

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IOF and O-Ringen in cooperation for a strong orienteering World Cup

The International Orienteering Federation (IOF) and O-Ringen have reached an agreement aimed at making O-Ringen a permanent part of the future World Cup in orienteering. The agreement is initially for the 2018 World Cup season, but also includes a letter of intent making O-Ringen a key partner in the World Cup consortium which the IOF is establishing.

To build the World Cup brand and consortium the IOF will cooperate with partners who believe in the value of a strong World Cup, are used to putting on high-quality events and are willing to participate both in the required longer-term investments and the returns which the World Cup can provide. Core values include providing athletes with a series of high quality competitions, improving athlete service and financial incentives and providing a consistent live media product across the entire series of events.

“The IOF recognizes that the orienteering World Cup needs to be strengthened”, says Tom Hollowell, IOF CEO. Through the creation of a commercial World Cup consortium the goal is to achieve consistent quality across the entire World Cup series of events, and add to the attractiveness of the World Cup for athletes, the media and the orienteering fan base. We are very pleased that O-Ringen has agreed to join this endeavor. O-Ringen is obviously one of the strongest global orienteering events and is a natural partner as we strengthen the World Cup.


“A lot of the world’s elite runners return to O-Ringen every year and we want to offer them competitive races, and give both them and the big audience at O-Ringen a world-class experience. The World Cup status in combination with our development of the Elite Tour at O-Ringen will achieve this”, says Henrik Boström O-Ringen AB CEO, adding: “Being able to take this step together with the IOF at O-Ringen Höga Kusten 2018 will both add competence and strengthen the Elite competitions.”

The 2018 World Cup will consist of three rounds. The first round will be held in Switzerland in combination with the European Orienteering Championships May 5-13, 2018. The second round will be O-Ringen Höga Kusten July 21-27 and the third and final round will be held in Østfold, Norway, preliminarily at the end of September 2018. The final round in Norway will be a pre-WOC event to the World Orienteering Championships to be held there in 2019. From 2019 and onwards the intention is that the World Cup will be held with 3 fixed rounds, one of them being O-Ringen.

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[Press release from the International Orienteering Federation 2016-07-27]

Emily Benham: “I'm really in the shape of my life”

After the gold medal achieved in the Sprint and the silver in the Middle Distance, Emily Benham went to back up on the top of the podium by winning the “queen race” of the World MTB Orienteering Championships 2016. Second victory in the Championships, second world title in her career and a great joy to return to listen (and sing) “God Save the Queen”.

The Prize Giving Ceremony was approaching and Emily Benham was taking place. The victory in the Long Distance was the most important result of her career so far and she couldn't be more pleased: “It's just incredible, I'm really in the shape of my life at the moment. I was so angry after Wednesday, because I did so many things that I shouldn't have done, and today I just said to myself that I wouldn't let that happen again, so the other athletes didn't really have a chance today”, she said.

Talking about her race, Emily couldn't be more direct: “Yeah, I was really ready for it before the start and was ready to give all I've got. But I made one big mistake of two and a half minutes to the control no. 5 and after that I was just fighting and fighting to recover the time lost.” And it was, indeed, a constant struggle, tremendous, immensely hard, through a constant up and down and under quite high temperatures. Her words are very eloquent: “A very tough race, yes. I was giving everything and was completely exhausted when I finished.”

Now we have the Relay as the Championships' “grand finale” . Claire Dallimore has been doing some nice races, so as Natalie Creswick and another historical moment can happen: “Yeah, I think we really have some strong chances in the Relay. I believe we have a shot at being in the top 6. We just have to work together as a team and maybe things will go our way.”

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Anton Foliforov: “I'm very happy for being alive”

The ultimate goal of any athlete is to win a world title. But to win three gold medals, corresponding to the set of all individual competitions, in a single edition of the World Championships, is beyond the dream. It's something incredible, only available to athletes from another galaxy. In a hot afternoon, Anton Foliforov proved that such achievement is possible, collecting, in three consecutive races, the gold medals of Sprint, Middle Distance and Long Distance. And he made history, becoming the first athlete ever to achieve such results in fourteen editions of the World MTB Orienteering Championships.

After a hard Long Distance, Foliforov ended his race exhausted. Or, as he said, “completely empty”. Physically and mentally. The words were almost spelled out but he didn't fail to answer a couple of questions: “I still can't think very clearly about the meaning of this victory and, after this long Long Distance, I'm very happy that I am alive (laughs).”

Considering the race as “very tough in a very hot afternoon”, Anton recognizes that “my brain didn't work as it should and I made some mistakes, including a big one of about two minutes to the 7th control. After that, I had to get focused and tried not to rush myself, to avoid making more mistakes. From that moment on, I ran more slowly but I ran well”. The athlete recalls the final part of his race: “In the last climb, the muscles began to sag and I had no strength to pedal. I tried to manage the effort and save the last reserves of energy for the final moments. Now, that the race is over, I'm really pleased with my victory.”

Portugal is a kind of talisman for Anton Foliforov. It was here that he achieved his first World title, in 2010, and where he returned to collect three individual titles six years later, making a total of nine gold medals in his career, so far. Hence his last words are addressed to Portugal and, in particular, to the Portuguese Davide Machado for the bronze medal achieved: “Davide is a very strong athlete and this race was for athletes like him. It's amazing that he has achieved this result and this is also a prize for Portugal, who hosts the organization of the World Championships.”

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

WMTBOC 2016: Moments (10)

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WMTBOC 2016: Moments (9)

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WMTBOC 2016: Czech Republic and Finland won the Relay

It was in a festive atmosphere that the World MTB Orienteering Championships WMTBOC 2016 came to the end. In Mealhada, with its Urban Park as the epicenter of all emotions, Finland and the Czech Republic got the Relay titles in the Elite classes.

The city of Mealhada hosted the last final of the World MTB Orienteering Championships WMTBOC 2016. For an always exciting Relay, lined up a total of 90 teams, fighting for the Elite and Junior world titles and also for the European Youth titles.

In the Men Elite class, the first note of emotion was given by the Portuguese team, thanks to another excellent performance of Davide Machado, in the lead at the end of the first leg. The Finnish Jussi Laurila was fastest in the second leg, now with the Czech Republic at close three seconds. Less than a minute to the lead, France followed in the third position. With an amazing performance in the final leg, Krystof Bogar was able to increase the advantage of the Czech Republic over its most direct rivals, setting it at the end in 1:51 on Russia, second placed. The victory of the Czech team, with a time of 2:05:44, means the recover of the world title that escaped them since 2013. The third place went to France, with 2:07:39, while Austria, World Champion in 2015, concluded in the 6th position, just one second behind Lithuania, after an exciting sprint in which Jonas Maiselis and Andreas Waldmann were the protagonists.

Hara's day

Avenging the relative failures of the first days – in which two falls kept her away from the gold -, the Finnish Marika Hara had finally the opportunity to celebrate a world title in these Championships. Austria started better than the other teams, with Michaela Gigon to make the fastest time in the first leg, but soon Finland and Russia took the race's control, starting for the decisive leg with a difference of two seconds from each other, with the slight advantage belonging to Finland. During her course, Marika Hara was able to keep the advantage over her most direct opponent, Svetlana Poverina, concluding the race in 1:59:39 against 2:00:01 from the Russian athlete and thus revalidating the world title, which happens for the fourth time in the last five editions of the World Championships. With Martina Tichovska in the final leg, the Czech Republic finished third, 1:39 after the Finnish team.

Kubinova collects fourth gold medal

In the Junior World MTB Orienteering Championships, the Czech Veronika Kubinova has been highlighted again, after winning everything there was to win. Today, in the Relay race, she received the testimony for the final leg with a 33-second disadvantage on Svetlana Poveriba, Russia, finishing with a lead of 59 seconds after another extraordinary race. With this result, Kubinova equals the French Cédric Beill's achievement that, in 2013, won all the world titles in the Men Junior class. As for the M20 class, it was possible to watch an intense struggle between Finland and the Czech Republic, with the final advantage belonging to the Finns by a margin of 28 seconds. France, who defended here its world title, couldn't do better than the 5th place, although Florian Pinsard have recorded the best time in the last leg, winning three places in the final standings. With this result, Finland reaches a title that was escaping since 2009. The Finns were also highlighted in the European Youth Championships, with Eerik Nurminen beating the Russian Pavel Radyvanyuk in the M17 class by the narrow margin of two seconds. In the W17 class, the victory went to France, with a lead of 3:43 over Russia.


1. Czech Republic (Vojtech Stransky, Vojtech Ludvik, Krystof Bogar) 2:05:44 (+ 00:00)
2. Russia (Valeriy Gluhov, Ruslan Gritsan, Anton Foliforov) 2:07:35 (+ 01:51)
3. France (Yoann Garde, Baptiste Fuchs, Cedric Beill) 2:07:39 (+ 01:55)
4. Finland (Andre Haga, Jussi Laurila, Pekka Niemi) 2:08:26 (+ 02:42)
5. Lithuania (Regimantas Kavaliuskas, Sarunas Dmukauskas, Jonas Maiselis) 2:10:40 (+ 04:56)
6. Austria (Kevin Haselsberger, Bernard Schachinger, Andreas Waldmann) 2:10:41 (+ 04:57)

1. Finland (Ingrid Stengard, Antonia Haga, Marika Hara) 1:59:39 (+ 00:00)
2. Russia (Ekaterina Kolomina, Olga Vinogradova Shipilova, Svetlana Poverina) 2:00:01 (+ 00:22)
3. Czech Republic (Renata Paulickova, Marie Brezinova, Martina Tichovska) 2:01:18 (+ 01:39)
4. Denmark (Cæcilie Christoffersen, Nina Hoffmann, Camila Soegaard) 2:02:02 (+ 02:23)
5. Switzerland (Ursina Jaeggi, Christine Schaffner, Maja Rothweiler) 2:04:41 (+ 05:02)
6. Lithuania (Ramune Arlauskiene, Gabriele Andrasiuniene, Algirda Zaliauskaite) 2:07:48 (+ 08:09)

1. Finland (Sakari Puolakanaho, Petrus Hanhijarvi, Sauli Pietikaïnen) 1:29:29 (+ 00:00)
2. Czech Republic (Jan Hasek, Matyas Ludvik, Martin Kanta) 1:29:57 (+ 00:28)
3. Russia (Yuri Balev, Alexander Kulgaviy, Leonid Tsvetkov) 1:31:41 (+ 02:12)

1. Czech Republic (Vilma Kralova, Andrea Kamenikova, Veronika Kubinova) 1:39:02 (+ 00:00)
2. Russia (Alena Fedoseeva, Alexandra Dimova, Olga Mikhaylova) 1:40:01 (+ 00:59)
3. Lithuania (Viktorija Michnovic, Patricija Babrauskaite, Egle Rubazeviciute) 1:48:11 (+ 09:09)

1. Finland (Juha Lilja, Teemu Kaksonen, Eerik Nurminen) 1:28:32 (+ 00:00)
2. Russia (Valery Rodin, Danil Buzovkin, Pavel Radyvanyuk) 1:28:34 (+ 00:02)
3. Sweden (Joel Ernsysson, Axel Eriksson, Gustav Jonsson) 1:35:42 (+ 07:10)

1. France (Marine Denoual, Lisa Tilly, Lucie Rudkiewicz) 1:29:31 (+ 00:00)
2. Russia (Lidiya Yakushina, Anastasia Cherednikova, Marina Oparina) 1:33:14 (+ 03:43)
3. Sweden (Erica Olsson, Elin Haall, Emmy Albinsson) 1:37:55 (+ 08:24)

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Friday, July 29, 2016

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WMTBOC 2016: Foliforov gets third gold in a row

In a hot afternoon, Anton Foliforov and Emily Benham showed up at their highest level. They were the big winners of the last individual final of the World MTB Orienteering Championships WMTBOC 2016, a tough Long Distance that had in Davide Machado's bronze medal a historic moment for Portuguese orienteering.

Entering the final days of the World MTB Orienteering Championships WMTBOC 2016, the city of Águeda hosted the last individual final of the competitive program. With distances of, approximately, 40 km for the Men elite class and 30 km for the Women, the Long Distance was extremely tough from a physical point of view, with climbing quite above the five hundred meters and with temperatures around 35º Celsius.

In the Men Elite class, the Russian Anton Foliforov confirmed the favouritism, reaching his third gold medal in a row and becoming the first athlete to achieve all the individual titles in the same edition of the World Championships. Foliforov, who fulfilled his course in 1:41:10, beating the Czech Krystof Bogar by a narrow margin of 32 seconds, returned to the competition this year after a three years long pause. The third place went to Davide Machado, 44 seconds after the winner, offering Portuguese Orienteering the first medal in its history in Elite competitions.

Third gold for Kubinova

In the Women Elite, the victory smiled at the British Emily Benham for the second time in these Championships, after her gold medal in the Sprint race last Monday. Showing excellent shape, Emily Benham finished her course in 1:29:10, leaving the French Gaëlle Barlet in the second position, with a difference of 38 seconds. Performing greatly, the Swiss Maja Rothweiller got the third place with 2:25 more than the winner, reaching a well-deserved first individual medal since her debut, in Ben Shemen, Israel, in 2009.

In the youngest age groups, the focus is on the win of the Czech Veronika Kubinova in the W20 class. The three individual titles in the same competition - something never achieved before in the Women Junior class - confirm her as the big name of the Junior World MTB Orienteering Championships 2016. Like in the two previous finals, Kubinova got a comfortable victory in 1:16:28, leaving the second place to the French Constance Devillers by a margin of over seven (!) minutes. In the Men Junior class, Leonid Tsevtkov was the strongest, winning with a time of 1:27:40 and offering Russia a gold medal in the Long Distance that has missing for the last eight years. Winner of the gold medal in the Middle Distance of last Wednesday, the French Samson Deriaz was placed second, 1:44 after the winner. In the European Youth Championships, the Czech Republic placed two athletes at the top of the podium. After getting the gold in the Sprint and the Silver in the Middle Distance, Jan Hasek was again the fastest in the Long Distance with a time of 1:16:28, while in the W17 class, victory was Vilma Kralova's with 1:02:57.


1. Anton Foliforov (Russia) 1:41:10 (+ 00:00)
2. Krystof Bogar (Czech Republic) 1:41:42 (+ 00:32)
3. Davide Machado (Portugal) 1:41:54 (+ 00:44)
4. Ruslan Gritsan (Russia) 1:42:57 (+ 01:47)
5. Baptiste Fuchs (France) 1:43:05 (+ 01:55)
6. Luca Dallavalle (Italy) 1:44:52 (+ 03:42)

1. Emily Benham (Great Britain) 1:29:10 (+ 00:00)
2. Gaëlle Barlet (France) 1:29:48 (+ 00:38)
3. Maja Rothweiler (Switzerland) 1:31:35 (+ 02:25)
4. Ingrid Stengard (Finland) 1:32:16 (+ 03:06)
5. Renata Paulickova (Czech Republic) 1:33:21 (+ 04:11)
6. Stanislava Fajtova (Slovakia) 1:33:45 (+ 04:35)

1. Leonid Tsvetkov (Russia) 1:27:40 (+ 00:00)
2. Samson Deriaz (France) 1:29:24 (+ 01:44)
3. Sauli Pietikäinen (Finland) 1:30:35 (+ 02:55)

1. Veronika Kubinova (Czech Republic) 1:16:28 (+ 00:00)
2. Constance Devillers (France) 1:23:39 (+ 07:11)
3. Viktorija Michnovic (Lithuania) 1:24:47 (+ 08:19)

1. Jan Hasek (Czech Republic) 1:03:51 (+ 00:00)
2. Eerik Nurminen (Finland) 1:07:17 (+ 03:26)
3. Danil Buzovkin (Russia) 1:07:51 (+ 04:00)

1. Vilma Kralova (Czech Republic) 1:02:57 (+ 0:00)
2. Mathilde Sipos (France) 1:04:47 (+ 01:50)
3. Mia Raichon (France) 1:07:18 (+ 04:21)

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WMTBOC 2016: Relay preview

The Relay competition ends a week full of emotions. Thus finish, in a festive atmosphere, the World MTB Orienteering Championships that brought to Portugal four hundred athletes from 23 different countries.

With a scenery defined by extensive vineyards, which give a well-deserved place of honour in the Bairrada Wine Demarcated Region, the county of Mealhada county is sought for its varied tourism offer, able to satisfy all audiences. In addition to its gastronomy - which has gained a new momentum with the launch of the project "Water, Bread, Wine, Piglet - 4 Wonders of Mealhada Table", Mealhada has an offer of excellence in areas such as hydrotherapy, health and welfare, the sports, oenology and, of course, Carnival, one of the most acclaimed and crowded of Portugal.

Finishing the WMTBOC-week, there will be a true high-speed relay. The area above the centre of Mealhada allows a very high running speed. However, there will also be tricky legs, which require precise navigation in terms of speed and distance. The final part of the race will challenge the athletes once more, asking for top performances, as it will be highly technical, very physical, and of course, requiring tactical intuition.

Program Overview

Saturday, 30th July (Mealhada)

07:30 – 15:00 - Opening hours of the Event Office at the Relay arena in Mealhada
09:00 - Mass start first leg Relay (EYMTBOC, JWMTBOC)
09:15 - Finish quarantine for EYMTBOC and JWMTBOC activated
10:45 - Mass start for remaining athletes (EYMTBOC, JWMTBOC)
10:45 - Start quarantine activated (WMTBOC)
10:55 - Finish quarantine finished
11:00 - Mass start first leg Relay (WMTBOC)
13:00 - Mass start for remaining athletes (WMTBOC)
13:30 - Mass Start first leg unofficial Open Relay
15:00 - Prize giving ceremony for Relay
19:00 - Closing ceremony and Party MTBO’16 at Cantanhede

Course Details

Length (km)
Climb (m)

Map scale: 1:10.000 (with 1:5.000 blow-up section)
Contours: 5 meters
Map size: 33 x 30 cm

The Relay will take place in a forest area and farmland, with small urban areas; the forest characteristic features are typical Mediterranean forest, consisting mainly of Eucalyptus plantations and vineyards, with multiple paths and roads, dense vegetation. The forest areas sometimes have underbrush that can hamper the shortcuts. Thorny vegetation can be found. Therefore puncture protection is strongly recommended.

All the competition areas are open to public traffic. The courses use and cross several public roads. There will be marshal’s with whistles at the most critical places to help safe crossing and minimize disruption. The competitors should follow the instruction of marshals. Still, it is the riders’ responsibility to observe traffic rules and avoid unsafe practices. Some dogs could be found some chained and some loose, there has been no experience of problems in the past, however the organization cannot control that all will be chained and that they will not, trying to follow the competitors or bark at their passage.  

The favourites

Somewhat surprisingly, the world title achieved by the team of Austria in the Men Relay of the last World Championships has proved, once again, that any predictions about the winner may perhaps be quite far from reality. In any case, the results achieved by the Austrian team in the last three individual leading up to the Relay puts them off of the favourites to the victory. Thus, Russia, Finland and the Czech Republic seem to be the main candidates to the medals, before a wide range of five or six teams who will fight for the immediate positions. In this batch is included the Spain and, of course, the Portuguese team, that has here a real chance to improve the 7th place achieved in 2015, entering the podium places for the first time ever.

What was said in the previous paragraph also applies to the Women competition, but here the team of Finland has much more chances to retain the world title, sharing the favouritism with the Russian team. Czech Republic, Denmark, Lithuania, Switzerland and Austria formed a well balanced range of contenders, legitimately aspiring to a medal at the Championships' closure.
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WMTBOC 2016: Long Distance maps

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

WMTBOC 2016: Long Distance preview

Overcoming its first half, the World MTB Orienteering Championships WMTBOC 2016 reaches the final two days of competition. Tomorrow will take place the last individual final, with a Long Distance which is going to demand the best from the athletes.

Crossed by the river with the same name, the city of Águeda extends on a slight slope in a wide valley. It's an important commercial and industrial centre of an extremely fertile agricultural area in the production of corn, fruit, wine and wood. Águeda has been highly developed in terms of engineering, the manufacture of engines for motorcycles and construction materials, and bicycle manufacturing. Because of its economic activity, Águeda deserves the epithet of “bike land”.

The courses of the Long finals will be fun, but at the same time physically exceedingly challenging. The area requires full physical effort from the athletes. Whoever masters combining speed and technique and staying calm in the heat of competition will run into the top positions tomorrow.

Program Overview

Friday, 29th July (Águeda)
Long Distance

08:30 - 20:00 - Opening hours of the Event Office at the Event Centre
09:00 - Start of Long distance course (EYMTBOC, JWMTBOC, WMS, Open, and B Final WMTBOC)
10:00 - Finish quarantine activated
11:25 - Start quarantine activated
11:30 - Finish quarantine finished
11:30 - Start for WMTBOC long distance course
16:00 - 19:00 - Opening hours of the Event Office at Event Centre
16:00 - Deadline for names/start group allocation for Relay competitions at the Event Centre
16:30 - Prize giving ceremony for Long Distance
18:00 - Team Leaders Meeting at Event Centre

Course Details

Length (km)
Climb (m)

Map scale: 1:15.000
Contours: 5 meters
Map size: 35 x 31 cm

The Long Distance will take place in a steep forest area to the South, punctuated with derelict farmsteads, meadows and rolling meadows and scrubland to the north. The forest characteristic features are typical Mediterranean forest, consisting mainly of Eucalyptus plantations, with multiple paths and roads, dense vegetation. The area is a working forest with recent felling. The forest areas sometimes have underbrush that can hamper the shortcuts.

On some of the steepy valley sides, in the Eucalyptus plantations, there are many parallel extraction lanes that could be viewed as tracks. They are too numerous and close together to map accurately in places. Due to a very wet winter some track junctions are difficult to see, however the indistinct track junction symbol has not been used. Efforts have been made to clear track junctions and over grown tracks wherever possible. Thorny vegetation can be found. Therefore, puncture protection is strongly recommended.

The favourites

After the convincing performances in the Sprint and Middle Distance races, the top favourite for the gold in the Men competition is the multiple World Champion Anton Foliforov (Russia). Defending his World title, Anton will try to get the gold for the fourth time in this distance, matching his team mate Ruslan Gritsan's achievement and reaching the impressive amount of three individual gold medals in the same event, which would happen for the first time ever in the Championsips' history. But he has to pay attention to Ruslan, third placed in yesterday's Middle Distance final, and also to the French Baptiste Fuchs, the Czech Krystof Bogar and the Italian Luca Dallavalle.

In the Women Elite class, the fight will be really tight and, once more, the Czech Martina Tichovska is one the big favourites, defending the title achieved last year on home ground. However, the British Emily Benham seems to be ready to thwart Martina's goal, as well as the Russian Olga Shipilova Vinogradova, the French Gaëlle Barlet, the Finnish Marika Hara and the Danish Camilla Soegaard.
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Olga Shipilova Vinogradova: “This victory could mean my continuation in MTB orienteering”

In a recent interview, Olga Shipilova Vinogradova stressed the idea that “sometimes you need to take a break to get motivation”. The two-year break brought her the motivation she needed and the result was “only” the victory in the Middle Distance of the World MTB orienteering Championships WMTBOC 2016 - her second individual gold medal in the most important competition of the MTBO's international calendar.

The Middle Distance final was about to end and Olga Shipilova Vinogradova couldn't hide her anxiety. Her final time was going to be worth a gold medal and some of her opponents had already finished the race, recording lower times. But others still missing. Olga spoke, spoke, following the words with effusive gestures. Above all, she was pleased with her performance, but she felt that a bad option in the final part of the race could determine other medal than the gold one. Now that the last athlete reached the finish and the standings in the lead didn't change, Olga could finally enjoy her medal: “I couldn't be happier. This victory could mean my continuation in MTB orienteering, to do what I really like. For us, Russian athletes, a medal means support, money, without which it is very difficult to guarantee a proper preparation and achieve good results. This medal is all that and means, above all, to keep my way of life.”

To Olga, this was an unexpected victory: “I knew that I could do some good races, but I wasn't expecting to win. During the Model Event, last Saturday, I met Emily Benham and we exchanged a few words. Both agreed that we were there to have fun, but she told me I was going to win. I gave her a big smile and today, before the start, we met and I smiled again. Twice. Emily Benham is a fantastic athlete, she is in good shape and I'm just starting again after becoming a mother for less than a year. Moreover, I had throat problems during the winter, which conditioned my preparation. Honestly, my goal was just to do a good race while having fun, nothing else.”

About her race, Olga couldn't be more pleased: “The small mistakes I made along the course, I just noticed them at the end when I saw the splits. But I finished very happy with my performance, I had great fun and I'm specially delighted with my orienteering.” At this moment of joy, Olga doesn't forget the family, to whom she dedicates the victory: “This victory is mine and my family's. Without the support of my husband and my mother I would have never been able to achieve these results. Both in my training and in competitions I need to have them close to me. They convey me the mental strength I need so that everything goes well.”

As for the Long Distance final, Olga prefers not to think about it for now. “I don't know if I have the power to face a race which will be very hard. We now have a rest day and I hope to recover well. In any case, I'll face the race with the same spirit that I faced the race today: Just for fun. The result, we'll see.”

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Anton Foliforov: “I face each new race, each new challenge, with a single goal: to win!”

Second final of the World MTB orienteering Championships WMTBOC 2016 and second gold medal for Anton Foliforov in another nearly perfect race. Immediately after finishing his race, the Russian was the perfect image of satisfaction and recovered the emotions of another golden journey.

“It was a very fast race and I didn't made any big mistakes”, started by stating Anton, adding: “I tried to concentrate on the technical aspects, meet my pace and keep it throughout the race”. Race which had, in the final part, a nuance that could have been fatal to the athlete's dreams, but eventually left just a few spots in his body: “I had a crash, a really bad one, but luckily my bike didn't suffer significant damage which allowed me to retake the race and finish without any major problems.”

When passing in the spectators control, Anton Foliforov had just assumed the race's leadership and the golden dream was close. The applause and encouragement of the public were certainly an important lenitive, in a time when fatigue took hold of the athlete and the heat pressed intensely. Hence it's this part of the race that Anton recalls more deeply: “The last up-hill before the finish was really hard and I saw Kevin Haselsberger ahead running with the bike. I tried to pedal but I couldn't stand the effort and realized that I would have to do the same. It was a good decision and I am very pleased with the final result and with my second gold medal here in Portugal.”

The physical and technical qualities of Anton have a parallel in his mental strength and resilience, which lead him to win world titles one after another - this was his sixth title in the last three years (!). Anton shares his little secret: “A good friend of mine told me once: If you go up to the podium, you are the Champion; otherwise, you're nobody. Then I face each new race, each new challenge, with a single goal: to win!”

In the last individual final of the WMTBOC 2016 - a hard and demanding Long Distance which will take place tomorrow, in Águeda - it's sure that Anton Foliforov will present himself at the start with this great goal of victory. If this happens, the Russian will add another historic fact to his brilliant career: being the only athlete to win the three individual gold medals in a single edition of the World Championships so far. But now, the athlete's concerns are in conveniently recovering from this tough Middle Distance final: “I am very tired and I can't predict what will happen on Friday. I hope the rest day in the Championships may be enough for a good recovery but, any way, I'll be in the fight for the medals in the Long Distance race.”

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

WMTBOC 2016: Foliforov and Vinogradova got the gold in the Middle Distance

Anton Foliforov and Olga Shipilova Vinogradova, both from Russia, were the winners of the Middle Distance final, in the second day of the World MTB Orienteering Championships 2016. In the younger categories, France deserves to be highlighted for its two gold medals achieved in M20 and W17 classes.

The Middle Distance of the World MTB Orienteering Championship WMTBOC 2016, held this morning in Valongo do Vouga, hardly won't be erased from Vojtech Ludvik's memory. The Czech was the first to start, and also the first to finish his course; and with a time that would prove to be amazing, standing at 47:18 for a distance of 19.3 km. The truth is that he had to have nerves of steel to withstand the pressure of leading almost until the very end, just beaten by the Russian Anton Foliforov, the penultimate to start, and that would record a new best time by 43 seconds. Placed 3rd was another Russian athlete, Ruslan Gritsan, 47 seconds slower than his teammate. With this result, Foliforov kept the Middle Distance's world title, reaching his second gold medal in these World Championships after winning the Sprint that opened the competition last Monday.

In the Women Elite, the Russian Olga Shipilova Vinogradova was the winner with a time of 44:02 for a distance of 14.5 km, confirming that the two years pause didn't affect her at all. Second placed, the British Emily Benham, currently the World Cup leader, finished her race spending three seconds more than Vinogradova, after winning the Sprint title, last Monday, by a difference of two seconds over the Finnish Marika Hara. The third place went to the Danish Camilla Soegaard, taking her second individual bronze medal in the World Championships after Italy 2014, then in the Long Distance. The previous World Champion, the French Gaëlle Barlet, was the 5th ranked, 1:31 after the winner.

Among the younger categories, this time the focus is on France, thanks to Samson Deriaz and Mia Raichon's victories in the Junior World Championships and the European Youth Championships, respectively. Deriaz found the strong opposition of the Finnish Sauli Pietikaïnen, winning by a margin of 3 seconds. Meanwhile, Raichon reached a comfortable victory of nearly two minutes over the Czech Vilma Kralova. In the W20 class, the Czech Veronika Kubinova turned out to be unbeatable, repeating the gold achieved last Monday and getting her fifth World Junior title in the last three editions of the World Championships. Finally, the new Youth European Champion is Danish and goes by the name of Thomas Steinthal, having beaten the Sprint European Champion, the Czech Jan Hasek, for just three seconds.


1. Anton Foliforov (Russia) 46:35 (+ 00:00)
2. Vojtech Ludvik (Czech Republic) 47:18 (+ 00:43)
3. Ruslan Gritsan (Russia) 47:22 (+ 00:47)
4. Cédric Beill (France) 47:56 (+ 01:21)
5. Lauri Malsroos (Estonia) 48:28 (+ 01:53)
6. Vojtech Stransky (Czech Republic) 49:01 (+ 02:26)

1. Olga Shipilova Vinogradova (Russia) 44:02 (+ 00:00)
2. Emily Benham (Great Britain) 44:05 (+ 00:03)
3. Camilla Soegaard (Denmark) 44:43 (+ 00:41)
4. Svetlana Poverina (Russia) 44:51 (+ 00:49)
5. Gaëlle Barlet (France) 45:33 (+ 01:31)
6. Martina Tichovska (Czech Republic) 45:50 (+ 01:48)

1. Samson Deriaz (France) 40:43 (+ 00:00)
2. Sauli Pietikäinen (Finland) 40:46 (+ 00:03)
3. Nojus Kalvaitis (Lithuania) 41:00 (+ 00:17)

1. Veronika Kubinova (Czech Republic) 37:10 (+ 0:00)
2. Alena Fedoseeva (Russia) 39:47 (+ 02:37)
3. Doris Kudre (Estonia) 40:30 (+ 03:20)

1. Thomas Steinthal (Denmark) 33:03 (+ 00:00)
2. Jan Hasek (Czech Republic) 33:08 (+ 00:05)
3. Teemu Kaksonen (Finland) 34:06 (+ 01:03)

1. Mia Raichon (France) 33:06 (+ 00:00)
2. Vilma Kralova (Czech Republic) 34:55 (+ 01:49)
3. Marina Oparina (Russia) 35:39 (+ 02:33)

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WMTBOC 2016: Middle Distance maps

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