Maja Alm is definitely the Sprint Queen of orienteering. She has won the sprint at the World Orienteering Championships three years in a row. Now she is also a World Games champion in sprint. Watch this interview with Maja to find out about the race, her impressive speed, her tough competition period and how sore her calves are.
Maja Alm, Denmark had an outstanding victory, with a winning margin of 33 seconds, in the Sprint race in the old town quarter of Wroclaw today. Jerker Lysell, Sweden won the men’s race by 2 seconds.
The women’s race reached an exciting climax as the lead changed several times towards the end of the race. Anastasia Denisova, Belarus, was one of the first to set a time that would really challenge the best, and she finished in seventh place. The times were very tight until the final starter Maja Alm began taking several seconds off the fastest times as she ran almost without error round the course. She now has her first World Games gold to add to her string of World Championship gold medals. Silver medal today went to the Swiss athlete Elena Roos and the bronze to Lina Strand, Sweden.
The 10th World Games started few a days ago in Wroclaw, Poland, and orienteering events will be on the programme soon. The World Games are a multi-sport event, organised every four years by the International World Games Association (IWGA). The IWGA has 37 international sport federations as members and 27 of them are on the Games programme in Wroclaw.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has said that the World Games is a window for non-Olympic sport federations to present their sport to the IOC and in case the IOC feels the sport will fit into Olympic Games (OG) programme, then there is a chance to be selected for the OG. This is a fact that some sports from the World Games like sport climbing, baseball/softball and karate were selected as optional sports for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, as choices of the hosting city, Tokyo.
What is the position of orienteering in the long queue of sports dreaming to be in the OG? How big are our chances to be selected? My...
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At the General Assembly in 2018, the IOF will take on a new set of Strategic Directions. These will guide the actions of the IOF during the period 2018-2024, and are therefore a very important key to the development of orienteering. The process of creating these new Strategic Directions was launched already at the 2016 General Assembly, and is now at the halfway stage.
During the first half of 2017, a second consultation phase took place, where the first draft was circulated and IOF Member Federations and Commissions, as well as individuals, were invited to comment.
At the recent IOF Presidents’ Conference, the results of this round of consultation were presented and discussed. The structure of the document was one of the topics on the table. The Strategic Directions will be comprised of several components, such as Vision, Mission, Values, Goals and Working Methods, meaning that the structure of the document, not just the content, is important in the shaping of the...
The Orienteering Federation of Singapore (OFS) has applied for IOF membership. Their application fulfils the requirements for membership, provided that the OFS provides final proof of recognition by the National Olympic Committee of Singapore, and the IOF Council have approved it. The membership is to be confirmed by the IOF General Assembly in 2018.
After providing a report of their activities, the I.R. Iran Orienteering Association applied for their current provisional member status be changed to that of Member of the IOF. The Council have therefore approved the I.R.Iran Orienteering Association as a Member of the IOF, to be confirmed by the IOF General Assembly in 2018.
Following these successful applications, the IOF has 67 Members and 4 provisional members (71 members in total).
Photo: Donatas Lazauskas
The teams from Norway, Slovenia and Ukraine came away with the biggest smiles from this year’s World Trail Orienteering Championships (WTOC) held in Lithuania, where teams from 25 nations met for a week of exciting competition. Both the TempO and the Open PreO gold medals went to Norway, whilst Slovenia and Ukraine took the Relay titles. The Paralympic PreO title went to Ola Jansson, Sweden – his fourth WTOC gold medal.
The TempO competition was held first; it consisted of a qualification and a final, with the top 18 from each of two qualification heats competing in the final later the same day. Norway showed strength in depth from the start in getting all their 5 competitors through to the final. The competition area was parkland with many individual trees marked on the map, making some of the control stations very complex. The later stages of the final took place in a lively thunderstorm with heavy rain, forcing the event...
Stars of the 2017 Junior World Orienteering Championships were Simona Aebersold, Switzerland and Olli Ojanaho, Finland. Both won all three individual golds, and ran last leg to get silver in the Relay.Simona Aebersold: changed country, just right for JWOC Olli Ojanaho: Big favourite, happy ending
The new IOF Digital Team made the Nokian Tyres World Orienteering Championships in Tartu, Estonia, the most visible WOC ever. The team of six persons shared videos, texts and photos on LIVE Orienteering, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and made orienteering visible to millions of orienteering...
The International Federation of University Sports (FISU) has nominated the International Orienteering Federation for the “Best International Sport Federation” award.
FISU has nominated the International Orienteering Federation for the “Best International Sport Federation” award for “the great cooperation and especially for the support and contribution towards the organization of the two World University Orienteering Championships and support to the Krasnoyarsk Organising Committee in organizing the World Ski Orienteering Championships 2017”.
– The IOF is honored to be nominated for this award from FISU. We really appreciate the excellent and deepening cooperation between our organizations, which is based upon common values. The FISU University Championships are popular events for orienteering student-athletes and a valuable measuring stick for us when developing event quality, says Tom Hollowell, IOF Secretary General/CEO.
FISU wishes to recognise the...
The World Games, the highest profile event for sports not in the Olympic Games, are now under way in Wroclaw, Poland. Three orienteering races are in the programme: a Sprint, a Middle Distance and a Sprint Relay. Follow the competitions at LIVE Orienteering.
A detailed selection process allows for 26 nations to be represented, with 4 or 5 athletes per team from most of these nations. Many World Championships medal winners will be competing, striving hard for one of the prestigious World Games medals.
Maja Alm on top form
The women’s list is headed by Maja Alm, Denmark, Sprint World Champion this year and the previous two, who has also had good success in 5,000 m races recently. She is undoubtedly the fastest runner in the field, but orienteering-wise she will be pushed hard by the likes of Helena Jansson, Sweden, the Russians Galina Vinogradova and Natalia Gemperle and the Ukraine athlete Nadiya Volynska. Other top women taking part include...
[Program: Sprint Tuesday July 25th, Middle distance Wednesday July 26th and Sprint Relay Thursday July 27th] The Orienteering disciplines in the World Games starts on Tuesday July 25th with an individual Sprint race. The World Games sets out to be the Olympic Games for non-Olympic sports. Around 3500 athletes compete in the World Games 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland – of these 80 are orienteers.
The World Games is considered a stepping stone towards becoming part of the Olympic Games, and has therefore high priority for the International Orienteering Federation. In several nations the World Games has very high prestige – in some even at the level of the World Orienteering Championships (or higher) as it is...
The promotion and relegation based on the results at the Nokian Tyres World Orienteering Championships have been made. Most notable are Ukrainian men’s and Latvian women’s promotion from Division 2 to Division 1.
WOC team allocations in summary:
GBR relegated from Division 1 to Division 2
UKR promoted from Division 2 to Division 1
BUL, IRL relegated from Division 2 to Division 3
GER, ITA promoted from Division 3 to Division 2
FRA relegated from Division 1 to Division 2
LAT promoted from Division 2 to Division 1
ITA, AUS relegated from Division 2 to Division 3
POL, BUL promoted from Division 3 to Division 2
Two previous champions won the gold medals in the 2-day PreO competition: Ola Jansson, Sweden and Lars Jacob Waaler, Norway.
Ola Jansson now has four gold medals to his name, winning the Paralympic class in the Championships in Lithuania by 1 point overall, having achieved the best result on Day 2. He was not in the top six after Day 1, but all the Day 1 leaders faltered to a greater or lesser extent on Day 2’s complex open terrain with 28 controls.
Lars Jakob Waaler was TempO champion last year, and the win here was a perfect 50th birthday present. He too was not amongst the leaders after Day 1, and was in fact second on Day 2, dropping just one point. He finished with the same score overall as Pinja Mäkinen, Finland but a faster overall time at the timed controls.
Slovenia took the Open gold and Ukraine the Paralympic gold in the Relay, held on a golf course in south-eastern Lithuania in warm and sunny conditions.
For Slovenia in particular this was a major triumph, because only Kreso Kerestes in their three-person team has significant past success at international level. Norway were a close second and Czech Republic third, just ahead of neighbour nation Slovakia. Twenty nations had teams entered in the Open class.
Photo: Erik Borg
One day after her birthday, Linnea Golsäter reached her highest peak as an orienteer. One more reason for thinking about her goals in orienteering.
In the three individual races in Tampere, Linnea Golsäter was second, third and fourth. In her last race as a junior, she started on the last leg as number two, 1.17 minutes after leading Norway.
“I like this fight woman to woman.”
– But did you see any others on the last leg in the forest?
“No,” she smiles. “But I like competitions where I’m fighting to come first.”
Some seconds extra
After about two-thirds of the last leg, Golsäter passed the arena as the first runner on the last leg. Just a bit more than 1 km was left. “I heard I had a gap of about 1.40 and took it a bit carefully on the last part. Instead of running over a marsh and through some green, I ran a bit extra in distance to get the control from a safer direction. I maybe...
Stars of the 2017 Junior World Orienteering Championships were Simona Aebersold, Switzerland and Olli Ojanaho, Finland. Both won all three individual golds, and ran last leg to get silver in the Relay.
Ojanaho, the king of the Championships, stepped up four places on the last leg and had the fastest time on this leg. A bit later in the summer he will take part in the World Cup in Latvia. The next big goal is to be among the best seniors; this coming year the young man from Rovaniemi will be in the senior class. “Mainly I have to sharpen my orienteering technique,” he says.
His speed also needs to increase, but he has taken a big step this year. Now it’s just to get the navigation working well with the orienteering. He has already showed a very good level among the seniors, for example when he had 12th and 15th placings at World Cup races in his home country earlier this year.
In the autumn he will start in the military. “In late autumn there maybe will...
Norway won the men’s class and Sweden won the women’s class in the Junior World Orienteering Championships Relay 2017 in Tampere, Finland. This was exactly the same result as in the World Orienteering Championships in Estonia one week ago – the juniors clearly go in the footsteps of their more experienced countrymen.
In the men’s class Norway’s juniors did just as the seniors at WOC in Estonia – built a lead throughout the two first legs which was big enough for last leg runner Audun Heimdal to run safely to victory ahead of Finland and Russia. Not even the three times gold winner Olli Ojanaho running the last leg could do anything about Heimdal.
Photo: Matias Salonen, IOF Digital Team
Sweden won the women’s Relay and Norway the men’s at Junior World Orienteering Championships in Tampere, Finland.
2. Finland +1:34
3. Russia +2.05