Attention! World Cup Final coming up

After 8 competitions in 3 Countries there are three women that have the potential to win, but it looks most likely that Natalia Gemperle or ToveAlexandersson that will make up the two highest positions on the podium in Switzerland. In the men’s World Cup challenge, there is an even tighter final where 12 men have the chance to win. There is a total of 200 new points to claim on the Long and Middle distance on Friday and Saturday. Who will claim them? Watch LIVE Orienteering and find out!
The Team World Cup will have its final Competition with the Sprint Relay on Sunday. Team Sweden have already claimed the top position but the rest of the podium is something for Switzerland, Russia and Norway to sort out. See what happens by watching LIVE Orienteering.

Program and LIVE Orienteering Broadcasts
LIVE orienteering will be available globally on the web.The Broadcast from the Long distance on Friday will be limited quality (not TV quality). Therefore, the broadcast from the ‘Long’ will be available for free. All broadcasts on LIVE Orienteering will have Livestream with English language commentators, GPS tracking and LIVE results.
Friday 29th September – Long distance
·         First start: 10:40, Last start:15:10 (UTC + 2i.e. CEST).
·         Expected Finish Women: 16:20, Expected Finish Men: 16:40 (UTC + 2 i.e. CEST)
·         LIVE Orienteering Broadcast START at 13:30 and END at 16:50 (UTC+2 i.e.CEST)
·         Day ticket: Free!
·         Quality: Limited. Only Arenaproduction, 2 Cameras, good GPS data connection, commentators from the Arena (Per Forsberg &Jonas Merz), No ticket needed, sponsored by the IOF and Swiss Orienteering.
Saturday 30th September- Middle
·         Start times Women 10:00 to 13:24 (UTC + 2 i.e. CEST)
·         Start times Men 11:30 to 14:59 (UTC + 2 i.e. CEST)
·         LIVE Orienteering Broadcast START at 12:10 and END at 16:00 (UTC+2 i.e. CEST)
·         Day ticket: 6 EURO
·         Quality: Full TV production. Good GPS connection. Full Commentators effort. 11 Cameras, Running-Cam and Cable-Cam.
·         Commentators: Katherine Bett & Jonas Mathys (Expert)              
Sunday 1 October -  Sprint Relay
·         Start times 14:25 (UTC + 2 i.e. CEST)
·         LIVE Orienteering Broadcast START at 14:10 and END 15:45 (UTC+2 i.e. CEST)
·         Ticket: 6 EURO
·         Quality:Full TV production. Good GPS connection. Full Commentators effort. 9 Cameras, Running-Cam 
·         Commentators: Katherine Bett & Jonas Mathys (Expert)

LIVE Orienteering Ticket - Weekend offer
A Weekend Ticket costs 10 EURO and includesSaturday’s Middle and Sunday’s Sprint Relay competitions. Tickets are purchased at Weekend ticket is purchased on the Event page on LIVE Orienteering. Day tickets are purchased if you click on a specific competition day on the Event page.
TV Coverage (Note! Check each broadcaster for up to date info)
Switzerland: Middle and Sprint Relay will be broadcasted in Switzerland by SRF2. Broadcast times will be the same as Live Orienteering. Commentators: Michele Schönbächler and Simone Niggli
Sweden: Middle will be broadcasted by SVT on TV and SVT Play (webcast). Commentators: Jacob Hård and Mats Troeng
Finland: Middle and Sprint Relay will be broadcasted by YLE.
Follow the final on Social media - #owcupfinal

Sprint final review

World Cup Sprint: Tove Alexandersson way ahead, 5-second win for Vojtech Kral

International Orienteering federation
Tove Alexandersson, Sweden was fastest in the Women’s Final for all but the first half-kilometre and won by 39 seconds. The Czech athlete Vojtech Kral took his first-ever World Cup win.
This was a clear triumph for Alexandersson, who lost little time on a very varied and quite complex course with streets, alleyways, parkland and forest, some parts flat and others with quite steep slopes with contouring legs and some route choice: an interesting and challenging course overall. Mistakes in route execution were made by most of the competitors at some point or other. Second and third places went to Natalia Gemperle, Russia and Sabine Hauswirth, Switzerland, both finishing strongly after being 7th and 9th respectively at the half-way point. Shortly before the end Cat Taylor, Great Britain was holding second place, but she lost a crucial 12 seconds on the final stretch and finished fourth equal with the Finn Merja Rantanen.
Sixth place has been Vojtech Kral’s best until now, achieved on several occasions including this year’s World Championship Sprint Final. Today he was never more than 11 seconds down on the lead, picking up that time between 1.3 and 1.9 km, and was strongest of all on the second half of the course. Fastest on the first half was Tim Robertson, New Zealand, but he then lost 29 seconds before the finish and ended eighth; Daniel Hubmann, Switzerland had a similar experience – second at half-way and finished ninth. Jerker Lysell, Sweden ran consistently throughout and finished second, whilst Swiss athlete Matthias Kyburz came up to third from sixth at half-way.
So ends Round 3 of this year’s World Cup, which gave competitors valuable experience of Latvian conditions, and the organising teams plenty of practice, before next year’s World Championships in Latvia in early August. The final round of the 2017 World Cup is at Grindelwald, Switzerland from 29 September to 1 October.
Leading results
Tove Alexandersson SWE 15:22
Natalia Gemperle RUS 16:01
Sabine Hauswirth SUI 16:04
4= Merja Rantanen FIN & Catherine Taylor GBR  16:10
Galina Vinogradova RUS 16:13
Vojtech Kral CZE 15:08
Jerker Lysell SWE 15:13
Matthias Kyburz SUI 15:15
Martin Regborn SWE 15:26
Frederic Tranchand FRA 15:28
Gustav Bergman SWE 15:35

Relay video review

Relay photos are available

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Bus shedule from sprint QUARANTINE to PRE-START

Bus shedule from sprint QUARANTINE to PRE START

Interview with International Orienteering federation President Leho Haldna

On 25th of August the International Orienteering federation President Leho Haldna visited the Orienteering World Cup Round 3 Relay in Cēsis, Latvia. He shared his impressions not only on the World Cup’s terrain, but also the Estonian Orienteering federation’s experience on organizing the most important orienteering event of the year – the World Championships.

What are your first thoughts here on World Cup in Latvia?

I did not have much time to follow World Cup, because yesterday I was in MTBO Championships in Vilnius, Lithuania. So all I have seen are the middle distance results and today the whole relay. But my first thoughts are that it all looks nice. Personally I have been in this area in the past myself, so I know the forest well. There is camping down near the river, you can take the canoe there, so I know the place. The terrain is very nice here, but it is quite hilly unlike the terrain in Estonia.

Have you participated in the orienteering events here?

Yes. I represent the orienteering club in Võru, and we have had the team events with Finnish club and Cēsis “Meridians”  here. Every year we have competitions between these clubs and every third year it takes place in Cēsis. Meaning, that I have been here a few times more than 20 years ago. I remember that we have used this place as well in our competitions. It is nice terrain, it has been used a lot for orienteering.

This summer the World Orienteering Championships took place in Estonia. What are your main conclusions after the event?

From participants point of view it was a good event. And I’m very pleased with the TV broadcast. I think, it was the best we have so far if you take all the races together. It is small things that makes TV broadcast good, and those small things were working greatly. For example, split times. Camera is showing that somebody is punching. Timing has to stop immediately. Usually people don’t know how expensive that is in reality and how much people have to work to make it happen. It is not easy, but it all worked out well.

I think Estonian Orienteering federation happy, and I believe Latvian Orienteering federation will also be happy next year after the Championships. In Estonia not many people know about orientieering, but the TV broadcast made it more recognizable. I think in Latvia it will be the same.

It is very important to spread our sport. Because now in International Orienteering federation we have started a new strategic period, and one of the key issues is visibility. Meaning that our sport has to be visible in different levels. One is the Championships, but it is also imporant in the level of national orienteering federations and in the level of orienteering clubs. Because we know that it is a very big fight between different sport organisations – we have limited number of kids who will choose to pratice orienteering or basketball, or volleyball, or football. We have to make our sport attractive and visible. It is very important.

What are your suggestions for Latvian Orienteering federation the next year?

The biggest challenge for having a good event is the live TV. It is completely different level of challenges when you have live TV. The courses are not the problem, the maps usally are no problem too, but live TV is completely different ambition level. But of course, it is a very big cost. Time keeping, tracking, TV cables – they all have to work. And you only have one chance, so everything has to be working smoothly. Estonian Orienteering federation outsourced all of the resources, taking the best specialists in the world. And it all worked well, because all elements were tested out many times. TV teams had worked togehter before, they had a huge experience and knowledge how to do it. It is very hard to reach the quality at first time, so what I suggest is to pay the attention to the quality of live TV broadcast.

World Cup in Latvia: Switzerland and Sweden win Relays

Text from: International Orienteering federation
Swiss women and Swedish men proved best in today’s relays – but it was Sweden’s second team that triumphed with their first team ending fourth. The women’s race featured a frantic sprint finish.
A fascinating last leg in the women’s race saw Sweden’s Tove Alexandersson pitted against Switzerland’s Sabine Hauswirth, with Alexandersson setting out 14 seconds down. Two very determined athletes raced through the intricate terrain with only occasional glimpses of each other for much of the course, and at one stage it looked as though Alexandersson might take the upper hand. But it was Hauswirth who came away from the last control with the slightest of leads and managed to hang on in front all the way to the line.
The Finnish third team took third place, to their own great surprise as much as everyone else’s. Their success was down in particular to last-leg runner Anna Haataja, gold medallist in the Junior World Championships Long Distance race last year, who picked up the necessary four places already by the first TV control and was fully up with the pace after that.
The men’s race saw victory for the Swedish team of Jonas Leandersson, Albin Ridefelt and William Lind. Ridefelt came in first at the end of the second leg having taken over in sixth place, and Lind had a comfortable win by more than a minute. Switzerland with Matthias Kyburz and Daniel Hubmann in the team finished second. Russia were third, with last-leg runner Dmitry Tsvetkov improving their position by 3 places.
Tomorrow is the Sprint in the Event Centre town Cēsis, with qualification races in the morning and the final in the afternoon. The women’s final is over 3.7 km and the men’s 4.2 km, both with a planned winning time of 15 minutes, and both can be followed live on IOF LiveCenter. The women’s final starts at 16.00 and the men’s at 17.00, local time.
Leading results, Relay (first-to-finish teams only for each nation)
Switzerland (Elena Roos, Julia Gross, Sabine Hauswirth) 1:43:35
Sweden (Sara Hagström, Emma Johansson, Tove Alexandersson) 1:43:36
Finland (Kirsi Nurmi, Miia Niittynen, Anna Haataja) 1:45:25
Russia 1:51:44
Great Britain 1:52:29
Latvia 1:53:21
Sweden (Jonas leandersson, Albin Ridefelt, William Lind) 2:06:21
Switzerland (Florian Howald, Matthias Kyburz, Daniel Hubmann) 2:07:29
Russia (Dmitrii Nakonechnyi, Valentin Novikov, Dmitry Tsvetkov) 2:07:52
Norway 2:10:14
Latvia 2:10:51
France 2:12:37


Middle distance video review:
Video by: Ivars Ziemelis

Middle distance photos are available

We have updated our photo gallery links (see at the start page)

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Man`s middle distance, Hi-resolution pictures. Photos: Ojārs Millers
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