Thursday, June 30, 2016

Elena Roos: "My physical shape improved a lot this year"

Those who access Elena Roos' personal webpage – -, easily understand that her main goals for the season lived in a presence in the European Championships, in the Czech Republic, and the qualification to join the national team of Switzerland and run the Sprint in the World Orienteering Championships, in Strömstad. Now that both goals are achieved, we seek to better know the athlete and realize how far is she able to go in the next months.

You've just been appointed for the first time ever to represent Switzerland in the World Orienteering Championships. This is the peak of a career still short so far but already full of successes. How did it all start?

Elena Roos (E. R.) - Differently from many other runners, I’m not from an “orienteering-family”. I started with orienteering at the age of 11, after participating in an orienteering summer camp. The main point with this camp was that I always was homesick, and my mother convinced me to choose a summer camp where I had to go, to learn to stay away from home, and this camp was the shortest one... (laughs). But I really enjoyed it and when I came home I started with the trainings and competitions in the club from my region.

What do you see in Orienteering that makes it so special?

E. R. - I really love the combination of physical, technical and mental performance. I like to train physically to get as fast as possible, but the challenge is that 'faster' doesn’t mean also 'better' in orienteering, because you need to find the controls and to keep cool and concentrated in your head. I also really like the fact that, every time we are at the start, we get another challenge ahead, with different kind of courses and different types of terrain.

What memories do you keep from your first steps in Orienteering? Was there a moment that you can set as really important, from which you gave yourself, “body and soul”, to Orienteering?

E. R. – When I was 15 years old I got selected for the first time to represent Switzerland at the EYOC. Before that, I didn’t know what these competitions were and as a “Ticino-Girl” (from the south/italian part of Switzerland) I was also scared to participate at this event with only German-speaking Swiss runners. But it was a really nice EYOC and from then I got hungry for more. And I realized that the other Swiss are also nice (laughs).

What are your major skills as a competitor? And what are the major lacks?

E. R. - I've always been best in the Sprint distance, and that because I think I’m quite good in seeing the fastest route choices, taking fast “right-left” decisions and seeing small passages. My major lack is the mental part, to stay really focused during the whole forest competition without losing the flow, and to perform at my best during an important competition.

Is there an athlete that you particularly admire and that is a source of inspiration? What this athlete has that you would like to have, but you (still) don't?

E. R. - As a swiss runner, of course I admire Simone Niggli. I’m really impressed about her constancy to perform at high level during a whole year and over many years. That’s something that I don’t manage yet, my season has lots of ups and downs…. A source of inspiration for me is also my boyfriend Florian Howald. With hard work, physically and mentally, he managed to come back and to perform at his best at the European Championships after breaking his leg in January.

In the recent European Championships, it was possible to see you achieving some nice results and, more recently, you got the third place in the Sprint stage of Norsk O-Festival. How do you evaluate your shape currently?

E. R. - My physical shape improved a lot this year. I got faster in sprint and I improved also the endurance for longer distances. I think it's the result of some years of good training, but the main reason for my good performances is my technical and mental work during the winter, together with a sport psychologist.

How did you receive the news about representing Switzerland in the World Orienteering Championships?

E. R. - I wasn't that happy with my selection races in Sweden and Norway, and I was quite nervous about the selection. But I hoped that my results at the European Champs also count. We got the information on Sunday evening, soon after we came home from Scandinavia. In the beginning of the year I set as highest goal to run the WOC sprint, but I knew that it would be difficult and a lot of work would be need! I’m really happy to achieve this goal!

How do you prepare for the WOC in the upcoming weeks?

E. R. - First, I will stay three weeks in Engadin (swiss mountains) for good training. Now, I will reduce the amount of forest orienteering sessions and increase the amount of sprint and hard-surface training to get faster. In the beginning of August we will have a WOC pre-camp with the Swiss Team, to train sprint in relevant terrain.

What kind of event are you waiting? What are your biggest fears?

E. R. - I've never been at WOC before, so it will be an unforgettable event anyway. I hope that it will be a big event with good and demanding courses, and also many spectators. My biggest fear is to be unable to perform at my best because of being too nervous… But I still have almost two months to work on that!

What would be a good result for you?

E. R. - It’s my first time at WOC and I won’t focus on a result, because it’s difficult to say what is possible and I have no experience with this big event. I will concentrate more on how I will run and on my own performance and then we'll see! At the European Championships, I've seen that, with a good race, a top10 position is possible!

And after Strömstad? Would you like to share with us your biggest dream?

E. R. - In May 2018 there will be the European Orienteering Championships in my home region, Ticino (Switzerland). A big dream is to win a Medal in front of my family and my fans.

Joaquim Margarido

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

French MTBO Championships of Middle Distance and Sprint 2016: Gaëlle Barlet double champion

By reaching the Middle Distance and the Sprint titles, Gaëlle Barlet was the big star of the French MTB Orienteering Championships that took place last weekend. In the Men, Baptiste Fuchs and Cédric Beill shared the titles, Fuchs being the fastest in the Middle Distance and Beill winning in the Sprint.

Homeland of the five times World Champion and twice Olympic Champion of Mountain Bike (2004 and 2008), Julien Absalon, Raon-aux-Bois, in the French region of Vosges, hosted the French MTB Orienteering Championships in the distances Middle and Sprint. Organized by LOS - Loisir Orientation Sanchey, the oldest Orienteering club in this region still active, the event counted with the presence of 262 competitors, mostly French, but also Swiss, Norwegian and Luxembourg.

In the Middle Distance race, Gaëlle Barlet (Scapa Nancy) was the winner in the Women Elite class, reaching a two-minute victory over the Swiss Christine Schaffner (Thömus Team Switzerland) and 5 and a half minutes on Lou Denaix (COCS). In the Men Elite class, the Baptiste Fuchs (Tom Meaux) got the winning, with Cédric Beill (CO Colmar) and Yoann Garde (EO 42) to occupy the following positions, with more 2:25 and 4:27, respectively, than the winner. Ending the event's program, the Sprint race saw Gaëlle Barlet getting the second title in a row of French Champion, despite having finished second, 1:16 behind the winner, Christine Schaffner. Lou Denaix was again the third ranked. As for the Men Elite class, Cédric Beill changed positions with Baptiste Fuchs, winning by the narrow margin of 3 seconds. Still at the age of Junior, Florian Pinsard (AS Samois) reached a meritorious third position, 1:08 behind the winner.


Middle Distance

Men Elite
1. Baptiste Fuchs (Tom Meaux) 45:55 (+ 00:00)
2. Cédric Beill (CO Colmar) 48:20 (+ 02:25)
3. Yoann Garde (OE 42) 50:22 (+ 04:27)
4. Clément Souvray (ASF VTT) 51:40 (+ 05:45)
5. Jacques Schmidt-Morgenroth (CO Colmar) 53:18 (+ 07:23)

Women Elite
1. Gaëlle Barlet (Scapa Nancy) 51:13 (+ 00:00)
2. Christine Schaffner (Thömus Team Switzerland) 53:17 (+ 02:04)
3. Lou Denaix (COCS) 56:38 (+ 05:25)
4. Aleth Lalire (ADO Chenôve) 1:01:45 (+ 10:32)
5. Hana Garde (OE 42) 1:02:43 (+ 11:30)


Men Elite
1. Cédric Beill (CO Colmar) 28:34 (+ 00:00)
2. Baptiste Fuchs (Tom Meaux) 28:37 (+ 00:03)
3. Florian Pinsard (AS Samois) 29:42 (+ 01:08)
4. Yoann Garde (OE 42) 30:41 (+ 02:07)
5. Samson Deriaz (ADO Chenôve) 31:12 (+ 02:38)

Women Elite
1. Christine Schaffner (Thömus Team Switzerland) 33:53 (+ 00:00)
2. Gaëlle Barlet (Scapa Nancy) 35:09 (+ 01:16)
3. Lou Denaix (COCS) 37:12 (+ 03:19)
4. Lou Garcin (ECHO 73) 37:47 (+ 03:54)
5. Hana Garde (OE 42) 38:14 (+ 04:21)

Complete results and further information at

[Photo: Loisir Orientation Sanchey /]

Joaquim Margarido

Portugal City Race 2016: Tiago Leal and Inês Aires win in Leiria

Tiago Gingão Leal and Inês Aires were the Leiria City Race's big winners. The event took place last Sunday, joining nearly three hundred competitors.

On the occasion of the 18th edition of the popular RA4 Grand Prix, the COC – Clube de Orientação do Centro organized the Leiria City Race, urban race in Long Distance scoring for the Portugal City Race 2016. In what was the second most participated stage of the certamen so far, 274 competitors joined the party in the city of Leiria, fulfilling the open green spaces of downtown or running through the steep narrow streets around the medieval castle, in courses where the demand and the challenge proved to be proportional to the joy of finding a control after another.

In the Men Senior class, Tiago Gingão Leal (GD4C) was the only athlete to finish the course below the 60 minute's barrier, achieving a large winning of over ten minutes on Rafael Miguel (Ori-Estarreja), the second ranked. Winner of the Portugal City Race 2015, Gingão Leal reached his second victory in a row and begin to seriously threaten the leadership that still belongs to the Spanish Maikel Rodriguez (AROMON). In the Women Senior class, Inês Aires (Ori-Estarreja) reached the victory with a time of 1:18:09, beating Catarina Castelão (RA4) by the difference of 1:29. With this result, the young athlete from Estarreja rose up a couple of steps in the ranking, although without putting into question the leadership of Carolina Delgado (GD4C), winner of the previous edition of the Portugal City Race.


Men Senior
1. Tiago Gingão Leal (GD4C) 59:53 (+ 00:00)
2. Rafael Miguel (Ori-Estarreja) 1:10:13 (+ 10:20)
3. Luis Barreiro (NADA) 1:16:25 (+ 16:32)
4. Orlando Marques (RA4) 1:24:08 (+ 24:15)
5. Sérgio Contente (RA4) 1:25:01 (+ 25:08)

Women Senior
1. Inês Aires (Ori-Estarreja) 1:18:09 (+ 00:00)
2. Catarina Castelão (RA4) 1:19:38 (+ 01:29)
3. Marta Fonseca (ADFA) 1:21:17 (+ 03:08)
4. Sara Miranda (Individual) 1:36:45 (+ 18:36)
5. Inês Gonçalves (Ori-Estarreja) 1:43:14 (+ 25:05)

Full results and further information at

[Photo: Cesar Conceição /]

Joaquim Margarido

ASOM 2016: Overall winnings for Robertson and Vinogradova

Tim Robertson and Galina Vinogradova were the big winners of Antwerp Sprint Orienteering Meeting ASOM 2016. With a stage scoring for the City Race Euro Tour 2016, the event had the participation of more than three hundred athletes from 20 different countries.

The City Race Euro Tour 2016 started last weekend and, for the second year in a row, the city of Antwerp hosted the inaugural stage. With a prize money of 2,000 euros to distribute for the first five runners in Men Elite and Women Elite for the overall ranking of ASOM 2016, the event featured a start field of high quality, with the Russian Galina Vinogradova and the Belgian Yannick Michiels, the winners of the previous edition, playing the role of major favourites.

Spread over three stages in two days, the ASOM 2016 had in the Antwerp O-City, on the second day, its most exciting stage. With a distance of 6.600 meters in the Men Elite class, the race had in the New Zealander Tim Robertson (Fossum IF) the big winner. After a sequence of good results in recent events, Robertson got a comfortable winning on Yannick Michiels (TROL) by 53 seconds and the Lithuanian Jonas Vytautas Gvildys by 1:48. The women's race had the distance of 5.500 meters and the fight for victory was really tight, with the British Charlotte Ward being stronger than Galina Vinogradova (Alfta Osa OK) by the short difference of 8 seconds. Kirstin Maxwell (RR Scotland) finished third with more two minutes than Ward.

The first day of competition offered two Sprint stages, in which Tim Robertson and Yannick Michiels shared triumphs in the Men Elite class, while Galina Vinogradova reached two comfortable victories in the Women Elite class. Big winners of City Race Euro Tour's last edition, the British Jack Kosky and the Estonian Merill Mägi were absent from this first stage. The second stage of the City Race Euro Tour 2016 will take place in Malaga, Spain, from 2nd to 4th September.

Results Antwerp O-City

Men Elite
1. Tim Robertson (Fossum IF) 33:13 (+ 00:00)
2. Yannick Michiels (TROL) 34:06 (+ 00:53)
3. Jonas Vytautas Gvyldis (Igtisa SK) 35:01 (+ 01:48)
4. Tomas Hendrickx (KOL) 35:07 (+ 01:54)
5. Chris Smithard (Deeside Orienteering Club) 35:32 (+ 02:19)
6. William Gardner (Octavian Droobers) 35:35 (+ 02:22)
7. Rafal Podzinski (UKS Orientus Lodz) 35:38 (+ 02:25)
8. Soren Riechers (Bielefelder TG) 35:44 (+ 02:31)
9. Dane Blomquist (South Yorkshire Orienteers) 36:11 (+ 02:58)
10. Wouter Hus (KOL) 37:38 (+ 04:25)

Women Elite
1. Charlotte Ward (Great Britain) 32:05 (+ 00:00)
2. Galina Vinogradova (Alfta Osa OK) 32:13 (+ 00:08)
3. Kirstin Maxwell (RR Scotland) 34:05 (+ 02:00)
4. Miek Fabre (Omega) 34:07 (+ 02:02)
5. Tekle Emilija Gvildyte (Medeina OK) 34:11 (+ 02:06)
6. Ona Rafols Perramon (CO Catalunya) 34:15 (+ 02:10)
7. Anna Serralonga (TROL) 34:19 (+ 02:14)
8. Lea Vercellotti (Halden SK) 34:52 (+ 02:47)
9. Alicia Friberg (Falkopings AIK) 35:34 (+ 03:29)
10. Barbora Margoldova (Altair) 37:33 (+ 05:28)

Complete results of ASOM 2016 at

[Photo: Linda Verbraken /]

Joaquim Margarido

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Jonas Leandersson: A moment, a comment...

“When I woke up I was told we were in the lead. It was great to see all guys running so well, being offensive and following our plan.

The race itself was a great experience and I tried to just enjoy going out in the lead with Kalevan Rasti. Early on in the race I focused a lot on making the perfect technical race, but when I made a small mistake I saw Eskil from IFK Göteborg in front of me in the forest. After about half the course we caught up with Kalevan and Thierry again, and I thought to myself that this will be a fight till the very end.

At the end of the race I put my focus on staying close to Eskil. The plan was to be the first one to punch at the last control, but it turned out to be Eskil's plan too. Even though he punched first, I knew that there was still a chance if I just pushed hard enough the last 100 meters. And after that no one could say who will be the strongest; sometimes you got all the extra power you need, and sometimes you don’t. Fortunatly, this time I did the strongest finish.

The moment when I crossed the finish line and realized that we were the winners of 10mila 2016 was one of the best moments of my career so far. I just went with the moment, screaming out the happiness and the relief I felt inside of me. To be able to do this together with the guys and the club is just fantastic.”

Jonas Leandersson, Sweden
2016.05.15 – 10MILA 2016, Falun-Borlänge, Sweden

[Photo: Stina Loman /]

Monday, June 27, 2016

Jan Šedivý: "We are like magicians from Harry Potter"

Bronze medal in the last European Championships with the Czech Republic's Relay, Jan Šedivý is our guest today. His 13th place in the IOF World Ranking calls the attentions on him, now that the World Orienteering Championships are getting closer. Let us know a little better the athlete and understand his goals for Strömstad.

The first question is always the easiest. Who is Jan Šedivý?

Jan Šedivý (J. S.) - I was born in Prague in 1984 into an orienteering family. My father was co-founder of the orienteering club attached to the University of Economics in Prague. He also met there my mother, a 400 meters runner in that time. I have one brother; he used to be a great track and field runner, but he decide to do something else than sports and he's a surgeon. I played basketball in a good level, but I was too small. In 2011 I finished my studies in the University of Economics and started to work as a freelancer in digital marketing. Now, I have a small family. With my spouse (no time for wedding so far :-) we bring up a one and a half year boy. Orienteering, family and work, that’s all I have now, but I love it.

How did you meet Orienteering? Was it love at first sight?

J. S. - I recall orienteering in my childhood as a nightmare. I was scared even on marked course for children. One weekend my father decided not to go to some local o-competition, because of really bad weather. After that I "prayed" each Friday for bad weather. :-) Of course, everything has changed after I grew up a bit. I started to love orienteering. I did ski-o a lot. I was in the Czech team till I was twenty and it really helped me. I met many great sportsmen like Ondrej Vodrazka and they inspired me.

What do you see in Orienteering that makes it so special?

J. S. - I think that orienteering is more than just a sport. It's a big family and we are like magicians from Harry Potter (laughs). Orienteers love nature, live actively and have positive mind and that's why I always feel myself alone when I'm leaving an orienteering competition.

I can see that you missed the World Orienteering Championships in Olomouc and you have to wait eight long years for running a major IOF event in your home country. How did you feel about that?

J. S. - I had long term injuries, both spring 2007 and 2008. I was also not passionate enough for orienteering that time. It hurts much more if you give it all and fail than if you just try. I was really focused on World Cup in Liberec in 2011, but I twisted my ankle two weeks before it. So I expected some injury again :-) And, of course, I was nervous and excited when it all begun.

How do you rate your performances in the individual races?

J. S. - The Middle Distance was perfect, both my performance and the result. Of course, I could have run faster (without few mistakes), but why couldn’t I? I was hoping for a better result in the Long Distance but I didn’t feel very well physically and also my orienteering was behind my expectations.

You could ending the European Championships with the bronze in the relay, which reminds my a sentence from Jan Kocbach: “Winning a Gold medal is always a great achievement – but sometimes winning a Bronze medal can be an even bigger achievement – based on what your starting point was”. Is there any connection between Jeseník's European bronze and Lausanne's amazing World gold?

J. S. - Gold medal in Lausanne was something special. It exceeded by far all my “big" moments in orienteering. I didn’t even dream that we could achieve it. It was such an unexpected euphoria, I’ll never forget. Bronze medal in Jesenik was totally different. We weren't favorites, but the expectations from Czech fans were high and we also defended the silver medal from EOC in Portugal. Even knowing that it would be extremely difficult, a medal was something like a duty for us. I’m really proud that we kept the bronze at home.

How do you rate the European Orienteering Championships EOC 2016 overall?

J. S. - Very well. No big glitches, nice terrains and good weather. Maybe some runners expected more fans, but you have to take into account that EOc is not WOC. Holiday time is much better for public races and also this part of Czech Republic is a bit abandoned (at least by orienteers).

If I asked you to choose the European Orienteering Championships' Achievement, what would it be?

J. S. - Definitely, the relay finish of Merja Rantanen.

The World Orienteering Championships will be the next big challenge. Can you feel already some good vibrations about Strömstad's days?

J. S. - WOC in Sweden is, for most of orienteers, something unique. Special atmosphere, lots of fans, great terrains, that’s simply why we do it. I will probably run all forest disciplines and I’m aiming for one individual race in TOP15 and TOP6 in the relay. It would be superb.

Who will be your main adversaries?

J. S. - I never consider the other athletes as adversaries. My enemy is just my physical condition, orienteering technique and mind. I have two months to enhance everything, to get enough power in my legs (because surface in Swedish forest is totally different compared to the Czech Republic) and to work on more precise orienteering technique. If I’ll be able to improve both, also my mind will be self-confident enough to succeed.

Joaquim Margarido

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Norsk O-Festival 2016: Kyburz, Wyder, Dæhli, Fasting, Gueorgiou and Bagstevold win in Sarpsborg

The Norwegian city of Sarpsborg hosted the 60th edition of Norsk O-Festival, the greatest orienteering feast in that northern European country. To the recognized quality of the event, one adds, this year, the relevant terrains next to Strömstad, where will be held, in late August, the World Orienteering Championships. THis fact could be responsible for a massive presence of nearly 2,500 orienteers, including many of current biggest names. In the end of the three stages, Swiss and Norwegians were the strongest, with Thierry Gueorgiou to win one of the stages.

The Sprint that filled the first day's program took place in the urban area of Sarpsborg and its surroundings, in Borregaard area. The competition joined over 1.500 athletes and had, in the Women Elite class, a convincing winner, the Swiss Judith Wyder (Gothenburg Majorna OK), with the time of 13:45. The Danish Maja Alm (Danish Orient Placement Association), current Sprint World Champion, was second with more 44 seconds than Wyder. In the Men Elite class, the Swiss athletes get three out of four top positions, with Matthias Kyburz (OK Tisaren) performing better than his opponents and getting a 13 seconds winning on the Swedish Eskil Kinneberg (IFK Gothenburg).

With the venue moved to Rudskogen Motorcross track, in Rakkestad, on the second day of the Norsk O-Festival, Halden SK got a double victory by Magne Dæhli and Mari Fasting. A total of 2,300 runners took part in the Long Distance stage, with Mari Fasting leading from the beginning and ending with a two minutes win on the Swedish Emma Johansson (Fredrikstad SK) in the Women Elite class. In the Men Elite class the fight for the victory was really tight, with Thierry Gueorgiou (Kalevan Rasti) leading comfortably until the 4th last control, but two major mistakes close to the end led Magne Dæhli to the victory with the time of 1:29:36, against 1:30:37 and 1:30:51 of Matthias Kyburz and Thierry Gueorgiou, respectively.

Gueorgiou had his revenge in the last stage, winning the Middle Distance race with the time of 37:42, after a hard fight with Bjørn Ekeberg (IL Tryving), second placed with more 1 second than Gueorgiou. After being twice 6th placed in the precedent stages, Heidi Østlid Bagstevold (Fredrikstad SK) got a tasteful win with the time of 36:30, with Betty Ann Bjerkreim Nilsen (IL Tryving) in the second position, at distant 2:47.



Men Elite
1. Matthias Kyburz (OK Tisaren) 13.25 (+ 00:00)
2. Eskil Kinneberg (IFK Gothenburg) 13.38 (+ 00:13)
3. Florian Howald (Tampereen Pyrintö) 13.52 (+ 00:27)
4. Martin Hubmann (Kristiansand OK) 13.55 (+ 00:30)
5. Trond Einar Moen Pedersli (OL Trollelg) 13.56 (+ 00:31)
6. Øystein Kvaal Østerbø (IFK Lidingö SOK) 14.04 (+ 00:39)

Women Elite
1. Judith Wyder (Gothenburg Majorna OK) 13.45 (+ 00:00)
2. Maja Alm (Danish Orient Placement Association) 14.29 (+ 00:44)
3. Elena Roos (Halden SK) 14.48 (+ 01:03)
4. Sabine Hauswirth (Halden SK) 14.56 (+ 01:11)
5. Rahel Friederich (Leksands OK) 15.04 (+ 01:19)
6. Heidi Østlid Bagstevold (Fredrikstad SK) 15.19 (+ 01:34)

Long Distance

Men Elite
1. Magne Dæhli( Halden SK) 1.29.56 (+ 00:00)
2. Matthias Kyburz (OK Tisaren) 1.30.37 (+ 00:41)
3. Thierry Gueorgiou (Kalevan Rasti) 1.30.50 (+ 00:54)
4. Hans Gunnar Omdal (Kristiansand OK) 1.32.22 (+ 02:26)
5. Eskil Kinneberg (IFK Gothenburg) 1.32.27 (+ 02:31)
6. Carl Godager Kaas (Bækkelagets SK) 1.34.24 (+ 04:28)

Women Elite
1. Mari Fasting (Halden SK) 1.14.26 (+ 00:00)
2. Emma Johansson (Fredrikstad SK) 1.16.30 (+ 02:04)
3. Julia Gross (Stora Tuna OK) 1.18.02 (+ 03:36)
4. Hollie Orr (Halden SK) 1.18.38 (+ 04:12)
4. Sabine Hauswirth (Halden SK) 1.18.38 (+ 04:12)
6. Heidi Østlid Bagstevold (Fredrikstad SK) 1.19.15 (+ 04:49)

Middle Distance

Men Elite
1. Thierry Gueorgiou (Kalevan Rasti) 37:42 (+ 00:00)
2. Bjørn Ekeberg (IL Tryving) 37:43 (+ 00:01)
3. Carl Godager Kaas (Bækkelagets SK) 38:24 (+ 00:42)
4. Magne Dæhli( Halden SK) 38:41 (+ 00:59)
5. Hans Gunnar Omdal (Kristiansand OK) 39:14 (+ 01:32)
6. Håkon Jarvis Westergård (Järla Orientering) 39:37 (+ 01:55)

Women Elite
1. Heidi Østlid Bagstevold (Fredrikstad SK) 36:30 (+ 00:00)
2. Betty Ann Bjerkreim Nilsen (IL Tryving) 39:17 (+ 02:47)
3. Emma Johansson (Fredrikstad SK) 39:19 (+ 02:49)
4. Marianne Andersen (Kristiansand OK) 39:20 (+ 02:50)
4. Mari Fasting (Halden SK) 39:46 (+ 03:16)
6. Mathilde Rundhaug (Frol IL) 40:12 (+ 03:42)

Complete results and further information at


Joaquim Margarido

MCO 2016: Turkey wins 5th edition

With the historical triumph of Turkey, came to the end the 5th edition of Mediterranean Championships in Orienteering MCO 2016. In the Middle Distance stage, Turkey and Spain shared once more the victories in the four competitive classes. By winning all stages, the young Turkish Ayse Bozkurt deserves the title of Queen of the Championships.

With an undeniable victory of Turkey, came to the end the 5th edition of the Mediterranean Championships in Orienteering MCO 2016. The final day of competition offered a Middle Distance race scoring for the IOF World Ranking, in which the Spanish were stronger in the Elite classes, while the Turkish led to won the Junior classes. Overall, Turkey repeated the achievement of the previous two stages and was the strongest team, increasing the advantage to its most direct opponents and ending with 98 points overall. Serbia recovers the four points missed in the second stage, keeping the second position with a total of 133 points. The big surprise came from the super-favorite Spain, winner of the four previous editions but just third placed this year, 42 points away from the Turkish Team. Cyprus, Egypt and Montenegro completed by this order the final standings.

Individually, the day was marked by the Turkish Ayse Bozkurt's third victory in a row in the W20 class. The talented athlete spent 33:34 to complete her course, leaving the Serbian Olga Stanojević in the second position, at nearly five minutes. In the M20 class, the Turkish Orhan Kutlu joined to the triumph achieved in the Long Distance race in the eve, a new victory with the time of 28:58, against 31:05 from the Serbian Miloš Bilić. In the Women Elite, the Spanish Violeta Feliciano Sanjuan repeated also yesterday's triumph, finishing her course in 35:55, after the strong opposition from the Turkish Emine Segunsay that spent more 1:43 than the winner. Finally, the Men Elite class saw on the top of the podium, for the third time, a different winner, with the Spanish Javier Ruiz de la Herrán to finally show at his best and getting the win with a time of 34:31 against 35:56 from the Turkish Ahmet Kaçmaz, ranked second.


Men Elite
1. Javier Ruiz de la Herrán (Spain) 34:31 (+ 00:00)
2. Ahmet Kaçmaz (Turkey) 35:56 (+ 01:25)
3. Yaşar Ismet Demiroz (Turkey) 36:06 (+ 01:35)
4. Sava Lazić (Serbia) 37:02 (+ 02:31)
5. Nikola Bilić (Serbia) 40:04 (+ 05:33)

Women Elite
1. Violeta Feliciano Sanjuan (Spain) 35:55 (+ 00:00)
2. Emine Segunsay (Turkey) 37:38 (+ 01:43)
3. Dudu Erol (Turkey) 39:13 (+ 03:18)
4. Marija Ćosić (Serbia) 44:00 (+ 08:05)
5. Marta Guijo Alonso (Spain) 44:56 (+ 09:01)

1. Orhan Kutlu (Turkey) 28:58 (+ 00:00)
2. Miloš Bilić (Serbia) 31:05 (+ 02:07)
3. Stefan Bilić (Serbia) 33:19 (+ 04:21)
4. Suleyman Eren (Turkey) 36:57 (+ 07:59)
5. Eloi Marti Romani (Spain) 38:09 (+ 09:11)

1. Ayse Bozkurt (Turkey) 33:34 (+ 00:00)
2. Olga Stanojević (Serbia) 38:30 (+ 04:56)
3. Milica Bilić (Serbia) 41:08 (+ 07:34)
4. Rosa Sanchez Bishop (Spain) 43:18 (+ 09:44)
5. Beyza Yildirim (Turkey) 45:11 (+ 11:37)

Complete results and further information at

[Photo: José Angel Nieto Poblete /]

Joaquim Margarido

Saturday, June 25, 2016

MCO 2016: Spain and Turkey share victories in the Long Distance

Spain and Turkey shared victories on the 2nd day of the Mediterranean Championships in Orienteering MCO 2016. In a hard and steep Long Distance stage, Ayse Bozkurt was the only to rise on the highest place of the podium for the second day in a row.

Continues in Divcibare, Serbia, the 5th edition of the Mediterranean Championships in Orienteering MCO 2016, with the second day of competition being dedicated to the Long Distance. With the fight for the top places reduced to three national teams, Spain and Turkey achieved two wins each, while Serbia had to settle for two second places, both in the junior categories. In Men Elite, Pau Llorens Caellas improved significantly his third place achieved the day before, winning today with a time of 1:20:38. The winner of the Sprint race, Yaşar Ismet Demiroz, Turkey, finished second with more 2:25 than the winner. In the Women Elite, the Spanish Violeta Feliciano Sanjuan was the winner in 1:17:24, leaving the Turkish Emine Segunsay at far 7:08. 

In the M20 class, the Turkish Ohran Kutlu got a resounding victory in 55:47, with an advantage of nearly 10 minutes on the Serbian Miloš Bilić. In the W20 class, the Turkish Ayse Bozkurt repeated the triumph achieved yesterday, after a hard fight with the Serbian Olga Stanojević. On the way to the final stage, Turkey strengthened extraordinarily its leadership, having now 67 points against 88 points from Serbia, which remains in the second place. Spain shortened the gap to Serbia having now 91 points overall and still ranking third. Tomorrow we'll have the last stage of the Championships with the Middle Distance race.


Men Elite
1. Pau Llorens Caellas (Spain) 1:20:38 (+ 00:00)
2. Yaşar Ismet Demiroz (Turkey) 1:23:03 (+ 02:25)
3. Javier Ruiz de la Herrán (Spain) 1:25:16 (+ 04:38)
4. Ahmet Kaçmaz (Turkey) 1:28:05 (+ 07:27)
5. Sava Lazić (Serbia) 1:37:17 (+ 16:39)

Women Elite
1. Violeta Feliciano Sanjuan (Spain) 1:17:24 (+ 00:00)
2. Emine Segunsay (Turkey) 1:24:32 (+ 07:08)
3. Dudu Erol (Turkey) 1:24:59 (+ 07:35)
4. Sladjana Jovanovic (Serbia) 1:26:07 (+ 08:43)
5. Marta Guijo Alonso (Spain) 1:33:25 (+ 16:01)

1. Orhan Kutlu (Turkey) 55:47 (+ 00:00)
2. Miloš Bilić (Serbia) 1:05:14 (+ 09:27)
3. Stefan Bilić (Serbia) 1:05:56 (+ 10:09)
4. Suleyman Eren (Turkey) 1:07:58 (+ 12:11)
5. Eloi Marti Romani (Spain) 1:08:20 (+ 12:33)

1. Ayse Bozkurt (Turkey) 1:03:04 (+ 00:00)
2. Olga Stanojević (Serbia) 1:04:22 (+ 01:18)
3. Rosa Sanchez Bishop (Spain) 1:28:59 (+ 25:55)
4. Beyza Yildirim (Turkey) 1:33:11 (+ 30:07)
mp Milica Bilić (Serbia)

Complete results and further information at

Joaquim Margarido

Friday, June 24, 2016

MCO 2016: Turkish stronger in the Sprint

The 5th Mediterranean Championships in Orienteering kicked off this morning with a Sprint race in Divčibare, Serbia. Yaşar Ismet Demiroz and Ayse Bozkurt, both from Turkey, Marta Guijo Alonso, Spain and Miloš Bilić, Serbia, are the first winners. After the first stage, Turkey National Team leads the overall standings.

After Spain, Turkey, Portugal and Israel, it's now Serbia's turn to host the Mediterranean Championships in Orienteering MCO 2016. The event started today at Divčibare, about 130 kms southwest Belgrade, extending over the weekend in a three-day program consisting of Sprint, Long and Middle Distance, all stages scoring for the IOF World Rankings.

In the Men Elite class, Yaşar Ismet Demiroz, Turkey, was the fastest to run the 2.800 metres of his course in 14:38, getting a 31 seconds winning on his team mate Ahmet Kaçmaz. Different story in the Women Elite class, where the two first athletes were from Spain, with Marta Guijo Alonso beating Violeta Feliciano Sanjuan by 30 seconds after running the 2.400 metres course in 17:15. In the Junior classes, two Serbian - Miloš Bilić and Stefan Bilić - took the first places in Men, while in Women the winner was Ayse Bozkurt, Turkey, before Olga Stanojević, Serbia.

The overall standings after the first stage have the Turkish team in the lead with 36 points, less 4 points than Serbia, the second placed. Winner of the four precedent editions of the Mediterranean Championships in Orienteering, Spain is surprisingly in the third position, with 47 points. Tomorrow will take place the Long Distance stage, with the first start at 10 a.m.


Men Elite
1. Yaşar Ismet Demiroz (Turkey) 14:38 (+ 00:00)
2. Ahmet Kaçmaz (Turkey) 15:09 (+ 00:31)
3. Pau Llorens Caellas (Spain) 15:30 (+ 00:52)
4. Nikola Bilić (Serbia) 15:51 (+ 01:13)
5. Javier Ruiz de la Herrán (Spain) 16:33 (+ 01:55)

Women Elite
1. Marta Guijo Alonso (Spain) 17:15 (+ 00:00)
2. Violeta Feliciano Sanjuan (Spain) 17:45 (+ 00:30)
3. Dudu Erol (Turkey) 17:54 (+ 00:39)
4. Sladjana Jovanovic (Serbia) 18:09 (+ 00:54)
5. Emine Segunsay (Turkey) 18:16 (+ 01:01)

1. Miloš Bilić (Serbia) 12:07 (+ 00:00)
2. Stefan Bilić (Serbia) 12:34 (+ 00:27)
3. Orhan Kutlu (Turkey) 13:18 (+ 01:11)
4. Eloi Marti Romani (Spain) 14:40 (+ 02:33)
5. Carlos Raico Sanchez (Spain) 16:59 (+ 04:52)

1. Ayse Bozkurt (Turkey) 14:37 (+ 00:00)
2. Olga Stanojević (Serbia) 15:27 (+ 00:50)
3. Milica Bilić (Serbia) 17:29 (+ 02:52)
4. Beyza Yildirim (Turkey) 18:16 (+ 03:39)
5. Rosa Sanchez Bishop (Spain) 19:21 (+ 04:44)

Complete results and further information at

Joaquim Margarido

Two or three things I know about it...

1. After Spain, Turkey, Portugal and Israel, it's now Serbia's turn to host the Mediterranean Championships in Orienteering MCO 2016. The event starts today at Divčibare, about 130 kms southwest Belgrade, extending over the weekend in a three-day program that will consist of Sprint, Long and Middle Distance, all stages scoring for the IOF World Rankings. Promoted by COMOF - Confederation of Mediterranean Orienteering Federations and International Orienteering Federation, this is an organization of Serbian Orienteering Federation whose competitive vector covers the classes of Men/Women Junior and Men/Women Elite, with four athletes per team in each class, two men and two women. Having won the four previous editions, Spain is again the big favorite to win the competition, facing the national teams of Cyprus, Turkey, Egypt, Montenegro and Serbia. Beside the MCO, an open event - Serbia OPEN - will be held, assembling in the beautiful Divčibare Mountains two hundred and fifty athletes from eleven countries overall. To follow the event, please visit its webpage at

2. In connection with the General Assembly 2014 in Italy, it was agreed that an overall review of the competition programs in each of the four IOF disciplines should be carried out. The project has been ongoing since then, looking forward proposing programs which are attractive to athletes, organizers and external partners i.e. media and sponsors, while balancing this with the need for increased event quality and financial viability. Based upon the principle decision at the Extraordinary General Assembly in Scotland last year, alternating forest and urban World Championships from 2019 onwards, work has continued on establishing a complete FootO program. News here include a new concept for the World Cup, an annual European Orienteering Championships (EOC) running on an opposite cycle to the new World Championship program and clarifications on qualifications methods. It is proposed that the World Masters Championships also include a middle distance event. For MTBO, it is proposed to add a mass-start event at the World MTBO Championships to round out the championships week. Masters Competitors will be offered an additional mass-start event and an annual European MTBO Championships will be embedded into the World Cup. In SkiO, the World Championships are proposed to become an annual event, with formats alternating on a two year cycle, comparable to the FootO split WOC. The World Cup is also proposed to become an annual occurrence, with one of the rounds being constituted by the competitions at the World Championships and with an annual European Championships embedded as in MTBO. Direct link to the General Assembly SkiO proposal. For TrailO, no changes are being proposed from the current program. The proposals will be presented and decided upon at the General Assembly in Strömstad 26th August, 2016.

3. Last weekend, more than 150 competitors from six different countries assembled in Smiltene, Latvia, for the Latvia MTBO 3-days 2016. Organized by IK Auseklis and SAA Magnēts, in cooperation with OK Azimuts, Latvian Orienteering Federation and Smiltene municipality, the event offered three races, two of which scoring for the IOF MTB World Ranking. The Middle Distance WRE, on Saturday, had in the Russians Svetlana Poverina and Anton Foliforov, the big winners. In both cases, a two-minute victory respectively on Olga Shipilova Vinogradova, Russia and Jonas Maišelis, Lithuania. The Long Distance race on the last day of competition had the same winners, and also here Jonas Maišelis got the second place in the Men Elite class, 4:40 after Foliforov. In the Women Elite class, Karolina Mickevičiūtė-Juodišienė, Lithuania, finished second, spending more 1:01 than the winner. Results, splits. GPS tracking, photos and maps to see at

4. The IOF Regional and Youth Development Commission hereby announces the first IOF Global Development Conference, taking place in conjunction with the World Orienteering Championships 2016. The purpose of the conference is to provide an opportunity for networking between people who are interested in contributing to the development of orienteering, both in new countries where orienteering is not yet developed, but also in established IOF Member Federations. The focus is on increasing participation of different groups, especially youth. The conference is open to everyone who wishes to take part. The Conference will take place the 24th August 2016, in Strömstad Gymnasium, and the program includes really interesting presentations such as “World Orienteering Day”, by the project's leader Göran Andersson, “Developing orienteering in South America”, by Luiz Sergio Mendes and José Angel Nieto Poblete and “IOF LiveCenter - Orienteering Channel (not only) for young people”, by Hans Jørgen Kvåle. Participants are required to register in advance. Please register using the Doodle Poll via this link: If you experience problems with registration, please send an email to Welcome to the first IOF Global Development Conference!

Joaquim Margarido

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Greatest moments of Lappee-Jukola 2016, by Puresive Films

Antonia Haga: "My greatest challenge is myself"

Antonia Haga is a big fan of physical activity and also a brilliant MTB orienteer. When she’s not biking, it’s possible to see her “climbing, doing parkour and other funny things, just to keep the training versatile”. In a more relaxed mood, she likes to draw, learn Russian and dreaming on her own dog; on the other and, she hates lies and the cigarettes’ smoke. Let’s find out a couple of things more about her.

How did MTB Orienteering come to your life?

Antonia Haga (A. H.) - My first touch with MTBO was an evening race arranged near home. I thought it was great fun to ride my bike in the forest looking for controls. I think I started orienteering, ski orienteering and MTB orienteering during the same year. It was about 10 years ago when I started aiming for winning the junior Finnish championships in MTBO, which I did a few years later.

What do you see in MTBO that makes it so special?

A. H. - MTBO is a very challenging sport. You need a huge variety of skills to make it fast through the course. You need to be in good physical shape to be able to ride your bike fast uphill and technical skills for the single tracks and downhill. You need endurance to manage to keep up the speed on the longer courses. Apart from the physical side you also need a fast brain, able to work while your muscles are screaming for oxygen. You have to be able to read the map while riding at great speed and find the fastest route to the control after making fast decisions.

In a land of MTBO huge names, what is to be a Finnish MTB orienteer and belong to the national team?

A. H. - The standards are high in the national team and I want to live up to them. Marika Hara, Susanna Laurila, Ingrid Stengard are all strong riders. They're able to go fast through the course while making little mistakes. That's what I'm aiming for.

We can see Andre Haga also in the Finnish team. Is he your brother? How important is he in your career?

A. H. - André Haga is my brother. It's fun to have him around on competitions. He gives me tips in my training and helps me with fixing my bike.

How do you rate the World Cup's first round, in France? Are you happy with your results?

A. H. - I'm not happy with my performance in the World Cup in France. I'd wanted to do so much better. I had to quit the Long Distance due to the cold and wet weather. I didn't wear clothes warm enough. When I did my warm up it started to rain. I almost missed my start when I had trouble finding my way from the pre start to the starting point. I had to go to the map right away when I finally found the start. Soon after my start it started raining really heavily due to the thunder. The cold rain shower made the temperature drop. I got soaking wet and cold and couldn't concentrate on the orienteering which resulted in mistakes. I decided to quit so I wouldn’t catch a cold.

I had a strong start on the Middle Distance but I still did too many mistakes. At the end I did a big one that dropped me under the top 10. The relay was a nice ride though, where I performed more like I demand myself to.

The next big challenge it's called World MTB Orienteering Championships. Can you feel already some good vibrations about that?

A. H. - I'm excited that the World Championships will be in Portugal. I have been competing there a few times already and I like the terrain and courses. It will be really interesting. I'm expecting physically challenging courses with long uphills. I hope for some technical riding and dangerous downhills. I'd also like to see the sprint to be in and urban area with stairs. I like all the distances and I'm aiming for to be within the top 10.

Who will be your main adversaries?

A. H. - My greatest challenge is myself. I know that the other athletes will be in great shape in the World Championships, so I will have to perform my best to stand up to them.

Joaquim Margarido

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Baptiste Rollier: A moment, a comment...

“The first leg could be followed during the warm-up only by the speaker's voice but without any picture from the forest as it was not possible to see the screen from the quarantine. Florian was doing well, being in the leading pack most of the leg. Towards the end he lost little time in a gaffling and therefore I started about one minute behind the lead. I was running most of the time with other runners but the group split just before the spectators passage. When I launched Martin, also about one minute behind, I tried to give him some motivation so that he would have extra energy to catch the lead.

Following the last leg on the big screen was nerve-racking. Martin did very well in the crucial moment and could get a gap (together with SWE 1 who was disqualified) on the other teams. But we were sure about the victory only when he punched the 2nd last control with few meters leading on the following teams.

It was a great moment to cross the finish line together with the two youngsters and that's why the relay is so special, that you can share these emotions with your team mates.”

Baptiste Rollier, Switzerland
2016.05.28 – Relay; EOC 2016, Černá Voda, Czech Republic

[Photo: Petr Kadeřávek /]

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

CamBOr Itamar Torrezam 2016: Pasturiza wins in Rio Quente

The city of Rio Quente, in Goiás State, hosted the 2nd round of the Brazilian Orienteering Championships Itamar Torrezam 2016. Leandro Pasturiza performed at the highest level in the Men Elite class, winning the event’s two stages. In the Women Elite class, Leticia Saltori and Franciely Chiles shared the triumphs.

After Rio Negrinho have received, last April, the first round of CamBOr 2016, it was now the turn of Rio Quente, Goiás State, to host the intermediate round, in a event organized by the Brazilian Orienteering Confederation, Goiás Orienteering Federation and COER – Entre Rios Orienteering Club. The event offered a Relay stage, a night course, a TrailO course, a Long Distance stage and a Middle Distance stage, the last two scoring for the Brazilian Orienteering Championships Itamar Torrezam 2016.

In the Long Distance stage, Leandro Pasturiza (COSaM) made of his tremendous experience the greatest weapon, being very consistent throughout the race - only two minor mistakes that would have cost about one minute each - and ending with a time of 1:20:53. Claudinei Nitch (CASUSA) was the runner-up, nearly four minutes after the winner. Closing the event’s program, the Middle Distance stage showed Leandro Pasturiza at the top of the podium once more, followed again by Claudine Nitch. This time, however, Pasturiza made a huge mistake in the beginning, on his way to the 2nd control, losing 4:40 to his direct opponent. Nitch kept this (apparently solid) advantage close to the end, eventually "stumbling" in the control nº 17 and seeing himself overtaken by Pasturiza. The final controls were hardly contested, but the "veteran" could achieve another win, this time by narrow 5 seconds.

Pasturiza and Saltori in the lead of the Ranking

As for the Women Elite class, Leticia Saltori (ADAAN) won the Long Distance stage with an advantage of nearly three minutes on her team mate Elaine Lenz. Saltori started better on the map, but two major mistakes in the long legs cost her ten minutes (!). Having everything to succeed, Elaine Lenz came to lead in the intermediate part of the race but was very irregular in the decisive moments, finishing by losing the first place. The Middle Distance stage met two different protagonists, with Miriam Pasturiza (ADAAN) to get better in the map and lead in the first half of the race. But she did a three-minute mistake on her way to the 10th control, "offering" the victory to Franciely De Siqueira Chiles (COSM) by two minutes.

With these results - and after four out of six stages of the Brazilian Orienteering Championships 2016 - Leandro Pasturiza strengthened his leadership in the Men Elite class with 157 points overall and a significant advantage of 21 points over the second classified, Claudine Nitch. In the Women Elite class, Leticia Saltori saved the 4-point lead on Franciely Chiles and leads with 148 points. Elaine Lenz follows in the third place with less 16 points than Saltori.


Long Distance

Men Elite
1. Leandro Pereira Pasturiza (COSaM) 1:20:53 (+ 00:00)
2. Claudinei Nitch (CASUSA) 1:24:51 (+ 03:58)
3. Juliano Pereira Pasturiza (COSaM) 1:27:52 (+ 06:59)
4. Everton Daniel Markus (COSM) 1:32:29 (+ 11:36)
5. Joacy Dantas De Araújo (COSM) 1:33:54 (+ 13:01)

Women Elite
1. Leticia da Silva Sartori (ADAAN) 1:29:29 (+ 00:00)
2. Elaine Dalmares Lenz (ADAAN) 1:32:09 (+ 02:40)
3. Franciely De Siqueira Chiles (COSM) 1:33:26 (+ 03:57)
4. Denise Paiva Lucas Campos (ADAAN) 1:44:39 (+ 15:10)
5. Camila Luisa Cortinhas (COSM) 2:03:49 (+ 34:20)

Middle Distance

Men Elite
1. Leandro Pereira Pasturiza (COSaM) 44:17 (+ 00:00)
2. Claudinei Nitch (CASUSA) 44:22 (+ 00:05)
3. Juliano Pereira Pasturiza (COSaM) 46:44 (+ 02:27)
4. Cleber Baratto Vidal (COSM) 48:06 (+ 03:49)
5. Carlos Henrique Souza De Araújo (COGA) 48:43 (+ 04:26)

Women Elite
1. Franciely De Siqueira Chiles (COSM) 55:25 (+ 00:00)
2. Mirian Pasturiza (ADAAN) 57:14 (+ 01:49)
3. Leticia da Silva Sartori (ADAAN) 1:04:17 (+ 08:52)
4. Elaine Dalmares Lenz (ADAAN) 1:05:20 (+ 09:55)
5. Pavla Zdrahalova de Oliveira (COUFRJ) 1:11:08 (+ 15:43)

[Archive photo]

Joaquim Margarido