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256 athletes from 27 nations will be competing in World Cup races in Cēsis, Latvia this weekend. A Middle Distance, a Relay and a Sprint make up the programme.
Tove Alexandersson, Sweden and Daniel Hubmann, Switzerland head the current World Cup standings and will be looking to extend their lead, helped in Alexandersson’s case by the absence of second-placed Maja Alm, Denmark through injury. Natalia Gemperle, Russia and Helena Bergman (née Jansson), Sweden are currently third and fourth. In the women’s list, seven athletes have 200 points or more, whilst in the men’s the number is six. Martin Regborn, Sweden and Matthias Kyburz, Switzerland are Hubmann’s closest challengers.
The Relay in Cēsis is competition 4 out of 5 in the Relay World Cup. Sweden has a strong lead overall, with Switzerland second and Norway third, but Russia is just two points behind Norway.
Same venue for Middle and Relay races
The Middle Distance and Relay share the same arena and terrain although the area for the Relay is much larger. It consists of mainly spruce forest with some undergrowth and varying runnability, centred around a ravine with side ravines on the left bank of the River Gauja. In the Middle race the women have 5.2 km with 245 m climb and the men 6.2 km with 275 m climb; in both cases the estimated winning time is 34 minutes.
The Relay is for teams of three, each nation being able to enter a maximum of three women’s and three men’s teams. Only the nation’s best team will count in the results.
Sprint in historic town of Cēsis
The Sprint will take place in Cēsis; there will be qualification heats on Sunday morning and the final in the afternoon. Many roads will be closed to traffic, but there could be congestion because of tourists!
Details of IOF LiveCenter coverage are shown in a separate article. Get your ticket today! Reports and leading results will be posted each day on Liveorienteering.com and orienteering.org. Full details of all the races can be found in Bulletin 4 and elsewhere on the event website wcup2017.lv.
Friday 25 August, Middle Distance, first start women 10.01, men 12.01 local time
Saturday 26 August, Relay, women 10.00 – 12.00, men 12.00 – 14.00
Sunday 27 August a.m., Sprint Qualification, women 9.00 – 10.00, men 10.00 – 11.20
Sunday 27 August p.m., Sprint Final, women 16.00 – 17.00, men 17.00 – 18.00


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