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Orienteering World Cup coninues with Middle Distance

The second race in the opening round of the 2015 IOF World Cup will be conducted tomorrow, January 8, at Coles Bay in the technically demanding Middle Distance format adjacent to the very scenic Freycinet National Park

The four 2014 world champions, here for the opening round of three races for the 2015 IOF World Cup, will be competing tomorrow including men’s world champion in Middle Distance and world number one in orienteering’s forest based formats, Olav Lundanes (Norway) and silver medallist in Middle Distance and current world number one Tove Alexandersson (Sweden). World Sprint Distance champions, Judith Wyder (Switzerland) and Soren Bobach (Denmark) and women’s world champion in Long Distance, Svetlana Mironova (Russia), will be seeking to make their presence felt in what promises to be a physically and technically demanding race in the hills just to the NE of Coles Bay township.

Lundanes will have a number of highly credentialed challengers in the men’s race. The race will have five other orienteers ranked in the top 10, including the outstanding Swiss trio, Daniel Hubmann, Matthias Kyburz and Fabien Hertner, as well as Lundanes’s team mate Magne Daehli and the Swede Gustav Bergman. Danish world number 3 aand 2014 Middle silver medallist, Ida Bobach and the trio of other top 10 ranked women in Lena Eliasson (Sweden), Mari Fasting (Norway) and Sara Luescher (Switzerland) will also mount serious challenges to Alexandersson. They will have to be at the top of their form as Alexandersson demonstrated outstanding speed and technical ability to be a big winner in last Saturday’s Sprint in Launceston.

The tough physical and technical terrain will suit Tasmania’s Hanny Allston and local interest will be intense to see how she performs in her “home” forests. Allston’s preparations have been strongly focused on tomorrow’s race and on the upcoming the Long Distance race on Saturday at St Helens.

It will also be a great chance for Tasmania’s Brodie Nankervis to see where he is at against the world’s best in the forest formats following his outstanding three top 20 results at the 2014 World Junior Orienteering Championships. The Australian team’s other best chances are South Australia’s Vanessa Round who had a 13th place in Spain last year in World Cup and the duo of Julian Dent (NSW) and Simon Uppill (SA). Lachlan Dow (ACT) and Jasmine Neve (VIC) have also been in fine form. Of interest wil be how top ranked New Zealander Lizzie Ingham performs as well as her fellow countrymen Matt Ogden, former World Junior Middle Distance champion.

The first World Cup runner will be Sonia Hollands (NZ) at 10:15. Unfortunately Ugandan Tracy Ruth Mukisa has not arrived. Cameron Tier (NZ) will lead the men away at 10:28.

Women’s Start List – Middle

Men’s Start List – Middle

World Cup middle maps will go online at 1:06pm AEST tomorrow at time of last starter  in the ANZ Junior Test Match. Courses use many World Cup legs in Senior classes.

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