World Military Orienteering Championships

The Croation capital, Zagreb, offers to its visitors a handful of cultural and historical particularities and sights from the Illyrian, Roman and early Croatian Middle Age cultural and historical heritage – but not for this week! Runners have been tearing up the countryside to do battle with all other nations in the World Military Orienteering Championships. The Middle and Long distance races have already taken place with some of the best runners in the world taking the top spaces (it seems that all european elite orienteers are also in the army/police forces!?). Big names like Thierry Gueorgiou (FRA – Current World Sprint and Middle Distance Champion), Valentin Novikov (RUS) and Daniel Hubmann (SUI) are all competing in the Mens, and Tatiana Ryabkina (RUS) and Yulia Novikova (RUS) in the Womens.Results from the Middle Distance didn´t raise any eyebrows in the men´s as Gueorgiou took home the Gold, very soon after taking the Gold in the World Championships only 2 weeks ago. In the women´s Tatiana Ryabkina only just took the top spot from compatriot Yulia Novikova by 2 seconds for maximum glory. In the middle it was the Swiss runner, Daniel Hubmann, who got the top podiujm place by beating the Middle Distance Champion, Gueorgiou by over 2 minutes on the gruelling 13.0km course over Croatian rocks. Meanwhile in the women´s Tatiana Ryabkina decided that the Middle Distance title wasn´t enough, taking 1st place in the Long Distance by over 2 minutes from Lithuanian runner Sandra Pau?aité.The Relay is taking place today with plenty of World Class talent on show with strong teams from the Swiss, French and Russians… who will win – find out more results here. Daniel Hubmann taking Gold in the Long Distance Race – 2007 Military orienteering Middle Distance Race Results Men (190 Competitors) 4.6 km 270 m 14 C1 177 AGIV Thierry Gueorgiou Team FRANCE 24:182 147 2LT Valentin Novikov Team RUSSIA 24:413 160 SDT Daniel Hubmann Team SWITZERLAND 25:04 4 170 PVT Simonas Krép?ta Team LITHUANIA 25:08 5 158 NCO Vyacheslav Mukhidinov Team UKRAINE 25:42 6 162 PVT Martins Sirmais Team LATVIA 25:57 Women (53 Competitors) 3.3 km 200 m 11 C1 442 WO Tatiana Ryabkina Team RUSSIA 23:53 2 439 WO Yulia Novikova Team RUSSIA 23:55 3 412 WO Natalia Korzhova Team RUSSIA 24:32 4 430 PVT Ieva Sargautyté Team LITHUANIA 24:475 445 PVT Sandra Pau?aité Team LITHUANIA 24:52 6 449 PVT Aija Skrastina Team LATVIA 25:50Long Distance Race Results Men (189 Competitors) 13.0 km 470 m 29 C1 187 SDT Daniel Hubmann Team SWITZERLAND 66:57 2 186 AGIV Thierry Gueorgiou Team FRANCE 69:113 112 PVT Martins Sirmais Team LATVIA 70:134 180 2LT Valentin Novikov Team RUSSIA 70:17 5 157 WO Leonid Novikov Team RUSSIA 70:296 142 SDT Baptiste Rollier Team SWITZERLAND 71:14Women (53 Competitors) 6.7 km 320 m 15 C1 448 WO Tatiana Ryabkina Team RUSSIA 45:012 440 PVT Sandra Pau?aité Team LITHUANIA 47:283 446 PVT Marija Spasyuk Team UKRAINE 47:304 438 WO Yulia Novikova Team RUSSIA 48:305 435 PVT Ieva Sargautyté Team LITHUANIA 49:046 419 WO Natalia Korzhova Team RUSSIA 49:26