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XVI World University Orienteering Championship 2008
Tartu, Estonia

Thank you!

It was on 2006, when FISU made a decision to give the honour of organising the XVIth World University Orienteering Championship 2008 for Estonia. Work with the Championship organisation started very shortly after the decision and today the evnt is over.

4 days competition, 28 teams, 3 teams with the maximum number of competitors. More than 240 students competing in the terrain of South Estonia. The terrain, which was tough and challenging. As the mapper of the terrains said: “Terrain is very different, some of the distance can be run on maximum speed – the visibility is good and nothing disturbs running. On the other hand there are areas where one wants to run, but nothing can been seen.”

Despite of the crazy forest 12 countries took medals:
Czech Republic
Finland
Estonia
Hungary
Lithuania
Sweden
Austria
Switzerland
Russia
Latvia
United Kingdom
Spain

Czech was the most successful team with 7 medals. Bodil Holmström is the absolute Champion – 3 gold medals.

55 controls were taken by women and 69 controls by men, altogether the controls were taken more than 3000 times. The last control was taken 698 times. More than 800 maps were printed. More than 100 voluntary organisers were involved and no major mistakes were done. More than 10 000 pictures were taken and the reporter and cameraman of Estonian national TV is completely eaten by mosquitos. Hotel Dorpat was occupied by “forest runners”, who’s drying clothes were covering the full fascade of the hotel. And 3 different participants asked ceremony organisers, from where is it possible to buy the green car of the opening parade.

Dr Verena Bruk, FISU Assessor, was very peased with the World University Orienteering Championships here in Tartu, Estonia. She said: “I congratulate Estonians for Middle Distance gold. It is always nice, when the hosts get a medal. Lot’s of countries reached to the medal. I want to congratulate the organisers for this wonderful event! It is deffinitely one of the bests FISU Championships. I hope that Estonia will host next WUOC event very soon. I think that all participants leave Tartu and Estonia with warm memories of hospitality and friendliness!”

Thank you all for coming, participating and enjoying the week in Tartu, the old university town! Next WUOC will take part in 2010, in Sweden.

2008-08-2
Relay results are now available under Results!
Direct link to html version of results here

2008-08-1
Relay startlist is now available under Startlists!
Direct link to html version of startlist here

2008-08-1
The XVIth World University Orienteering Champions in Middle Distance are Sander Vaher from Estonia and Bodil Holmström from Finland

The XVIth World University Orienteering Championships brought winners on the Middle Distance under the solar eclipse. The solar eclipse seems to be lucky for Estonians and Finns – Men’s Champion is Sander Vaher and Women’s gold belongs again to Bodil Holmström.

Middle Distances were almoust 1/3 of Long Distance, for Men 6,2 km with 13 controls and Women 4,9 km with 10 controls. Despite of the remarkable shortness of the distances, it was difficult for the competitiors after yesterday’s long distance.

Sander Vaher was leading the distance from the first public controls. Although he did not consider his race perfect, it was clear victory The second place Michal Smola from Czech Republic was behind more thant 2 minutes. The bronze medal was taken by Austria, Gernot Kerschbaumer.

Sander VaherEstonia33.35
Michal SmolaCzeck Republic+2:04
Gernot KerschbaumeAustria+2:55

Sander Vaher, today’s Champion, was mentally ready for a good race today. Vaher commented his competition: “I have done lot’s of thinking and realised, that I don’t have to think about the result and to cause extra tensions, but to run as good as I can. My legs didn’t feel very “light” before the start and on the first kilometres on the terrain. I was rather uncertain running to the first control, but I got my rythm with taking the next controls. I saw Michal Smola on my way to the 6th control. He started 2 minutes before me and I considered him the favourite of today. Seeing him gave me even more confidence.”

Sander Vaher said, that the forest is suitable for Estonians – one has to fight all the time and be aggressive, so that the terrain can not beat the competitor. “I think I was all that. But in these terrains one can not forget the simple truth – straight way is the best way. I think that many of the competitors were afraid to go straight through the tough forest and tried to use more routes.”

Women’s race was very tense until the very last meters. The Champion Bodil Holmström was olny 8 seconds better than the second Dana Brozkova. The third place was taken by Danas sister Radka Brozkova.

Bodil Holmström Finland34.29
Dana BrozkovaCzeck Republic +0:08
Radka BrozkovaCzeck Republic+1:32

Bodil Holmström said on the press conference at the Competition arena: “I think I did not do perfect race today, but I could avoid big mistakes like yesterday.” Commenting her next goals for this year Bodil Holmström said: “Deffinitely Finnish Championships. I have a medal from relay, but I would like to get a medal from the individual distance as well.”

“After 3 days of competition it is clear, that Estonia provides tough conditions for our students. The winners have made excellent performances. I am very impressed of all competitiors, especially those who complete the races although the results are not not in the top,” commented Ola Kåberg, FISU controller from Sweden. He considered the preparations and the performance of the competition working fine and everything thanks to the experienced organisers. Ola Kåberg added: “With one day remainin of the Championship I am very pleased and confident that we will leave Tartu, Estonia with fine memories.”

On the http://www.easl.ee/wuoc2008/index.php?sisu=results under the “races” you can look competitors races of each days.

The Championships are organised by the Estonian Academic Sports Federation, OC Põlva Kobras and Estonian Orienteering Federation. Official website of the Championships can be found at www.easl.ee/wuoc2008 and includes both startlist, finish protocols and live competition comments each day.

For more information please contact:

Kaidi Ruusalepp
WUOC 2008 Media Team
Phone: +372 52 86 351
e-mail: kaidioone@hotmail.com
www.easl.ee/wuoc2008

2008-08-1
Middle results now available under Results!
Direct link to html version of results here

2008-07-31
The XVIth World University Orienteering Champions in Long Distance are Michal Smola and Bodil Holmström.

The second competition day in the XVIth World University Orienteering Championships brought two new Champions - Michal Smola from Czech Republic and Bodil Holmström from Finland.

Long Distance for men was 13,22 km with 25 controls, for women 9,01 km and 19 controls. Men gold medalist Michal Smola from Czech Republic spent 1 hour 21 minutes and 17 seconds in the terrain and it was almoust 2 minutes better than the silver medal – Fabian Hertner from Switzerland (1:23.16). For bronze medalist – Yury Masnyy from Russian Federation – it took 1:25.13 to complete the race.

The Men University World Champion in Long Distance commented his race: “My goal in todays race was to defend the previous two WUOC titles in long distance. I was aware, that this time it would be extremely difficult with respect to the terrain. The green is not my favourite colour.” Michal Smola started before Edgars Bertuks from Latvia (todays 4th position) and he was surprised to be caught by Edgars Bertuks so early. On 2/3 of the course they split and Latvian orienteerer took the control 1 minute before todays Champion. "Then I just tried to get back in focus and ran quite a clean run up to the end. My mistakes took about 2 minutes all together and that’s satisfying - the terrain was a challenge," was the Champion satisfied.

The Champion title in Women class was taken by Bodil Holmström from Finland with 1 hour 5 minutes and 37 seconds. It was a clear victory, while the second place, Una Arama from Latvia, was behind 6 minutes and 41 seconds (1:12.18). Heini Wennman from Finland won the third place and her time was 1:12.38.

Women gold medalist Bodil Holmström made few smaller mistakes during the race, but she was able to avoid major mistakes which everybody else seem to have done. "This is clearly the reason for me winning today, because I knew already out on the course that I am not among the five fastest when it comes to running." She added: "Today’s terrain was green and tough as expected, but the map was good and I felt that it provided me all necessary information about runnability and other important aspects."

90% of the terrain is forested - mixed forest, clearings of different age, some bushes and undergrowth. Runnability can be varying on clearings and on areas with undergrowth. The course planner Mr Avo Veermäe, who also mapped the terrain, considered the right speed running on a different terrain elements to be the key of the victory. "Terrain is very different, some of the distance can be run on maximum speed – the visibility is good and nothing disturbs running. On the other hand there are areas where one wants to run, but nothing can been seen."

95 men and 76 women started today, 75 of men and 76 of women competed the race. The weather was warm and sunny. It gave sunny feeling to the whole day despite of green forest and tough kilometres on the terrain.

On the http://www.easl.ee/wuoc2008/index.php?sisu=results under the "races" you can look competitors races of each days.

2008-07-31
Long results now available under Results!
Direct link to html version of results here

2008-07-31
Middle startlists now available under Startlists
Direct link to html version here

2008-07-30
The XVIth World University Orienteering Champions in Sprint Distance are Tomas Dlabaja and Seline Stalder

The first competition day in the XVIth World University Orienteering Championships is over, the Champion titles are taken by Czeck Republic and Switzerland.

Men distance was 3,13 km with 17 controls, women had to run 2,68 km and take 16 controls. For Tomas Dlabaja it took only 13 minutes and 29,1 seconds to complete the distance. Second place, Vasa Taanila from Finland, was behind 10 seconds (13.39,7) and the third, Scott Fraser from United Kingdom was behind almoust 14 seconds (13.42,9).

Tomas Dlabaja had won 3 times in a row Sprint distance in Czech Repulic Championships in Orienteering, two weeks ago he attended World Orienteering Championships and Tomas said he had some problems with finding a motivation for WUOC. "Despite of that I wanted to run really good sprint distance, while I did not reach my maximum on this years international title competition. The course was almoust as I expected and after the spectator’s control the race became interesting. I made no mistakes, so I am satisfied with my race and gold medal is a pleasant bonus," said the Men Champion and he added: "I am going to run also long distance and relay, but it will be a really tough to succeed in Estonian terrain, which seems to be quite difficult."

Women Sprint Distance gold medal won Seline Stalder from Switzerland. The Champions time was 14 minutes and 25,9 seconds. Only 2 seconds behind was this years World Champion in Orienteering Dana Brozkova from Czech Republic (14.28,0) and the bronze medal won Ester Gil Brotons from Spain (14.42,4).

The Women University World Champion in Sprint Distance Seline Stalder commented her race: "I am very satisfied with my race and I could focus on my task all the way. I made only one small mistake with the 2nd last control and I am happy that I could take the victory. Two years ago I was 2nd at the WUOC Sprint Distance behind Dana (Brozkova). I’m looking forward to the other challenges of this week."

74 men and 67 women started today, 2 of them did not get a result. The Competition Centre was on Tartu Singing Arena today, the track was mainly planned to the Tähtvere park and therefore competition was very easy to follow. It was fun for public and it was a challenge for competitors – to stay focused.

The Championships are organised by the Estonian Academic Sports Federation, OC Põlva Kobras and Estonian Orienteering Federation. Official website of the Championships can be found at www.easl.ee/wuoc2008 and includes both startlist, finish protocols and live competition comments each day.

2008-07-30
Long distance startlists available!

See under Startlists or use direct link to html version here

2008-07-30
Sprint results available

Sprint results are now available under Results

2008-07-29
The XVIth World University Orienteering Championships are officially opened

The XVIth World University Orienteering Championships are opened! The Opening Ceremony was held on Tartu Town Hall Square. Athletes were welcomed by Mr Meelis Atonen, Chairman of the Organising Committee of the WUOC 2008, Dr. Verena Burk, FISU Assessor and folk-rock-punk music band Zetod, performing Estonian traditional music with a modern touch.

The Opening Ceremony began with a parade of national teams. A long and colourful train of students walked from the hotel to the Tartu Town Hall Square, where the Ceremony was held. After welcoming speeches Mayor of Tartu Mr Urmas Kruuse declared the Championships open, FISU flag was raised and the show begins.

"It was a perfect start for a wonderful week of competition, but also friendly hosting. Opening was perfect, short and filled with nice atmosphere. I hope, that everybody will remember not only the competition, but also the kind hospitality of Estonian organisers and the city of Tartu" said Dr. Verena Burk, FISU Assessor.

"In many ways Tartu is a capital of Estonia. Tartu is definitely the capital of students and the capital of orienteering. Therefore the XVIth World University Orienteering Championships could not be held in a better place" said Mr Meelis Atonen, Chairman of the Organising Committee of the WUOC 2008.

28 national teams are accredited to the Championships, 3 teams with the maximum number of athletes – 6 men and 6 women. More than 240 students will be competing in the hills of South Estonia over the next four days.

The first competition day is tomorrow – sprint distance. The track is mainly in town, one part of the terrain is park area on the ancient riverbank of Emajõgi. Since the competition will be in the outskirts of the town, it will be very easy for the public to follow the competition.

The Championships are organised by the Estonian Academic Sports Federation, OC Põlva Kobras and Estonian Orienteering Federation. Official website of the Championships can be found at www.easl.ee/wuoc2008 and includes programme details, lists of national teams, start- and finish protocols and information on event locations.


2008-07-29
Sprint startlist is now available!

See under Startlists or use direct link to html version here
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2008-07-28
Tartu is ready to host WUOC 2008

WUOC 2008 Organising Committee July 28th, 2008

Tartu is ready to host WUOC 2008

The XVIth World University Orienteering Championships 2008 is being held in Tartu, Estonia. Tartu is an old university town, the University of Tartu was founded in 1632. More than 270 best students from all over the world are expected to take part in the WUOC 2008, including the 2008 Orienteering World Champion Dana Brožkova.

"The World University Orienteering Championships are certainly one of the sporting highlights of this Summer in Tartu. I am happy that the city of Tartu and the whole South of Estonia are showing themselves again on the international top orienteering scene – only two years ago the European Orienteering Championships were held here" said the mayor of Tartu Mr. Urmas Kruuse who is also member of the WUOC 2008 Council.

By 6 p.m. (CET) today (28.07.2008) nineteen teams had received accreditation for the Championship. Many athletes had a chance to go for a light jog today. The weather was sunny, but some light showers and occasional tunderstorms are forecasted for tomorrow. The opening ceremony of the Championships will be held on Tartu Town Hall Square at 3 p.m. (CET) tomorrow.

Four competitions will be held between July 30th and August 2nd: a sprint in Tartu, long distance in Veskimõisa, short distance and a relay in Prangli.

The Championships are organised by the Estonian Academic Sports Federation, OC Põlva Kobras and Estonian Orienteering Federation. Official website of the Championships (www.easl.ee/wuoc2008) includes programme details, lists of national teams, start- and finish protocols and information on event locations.

For more information please contact:

Kaidi Ruusalepp
WUOC 2008 Media Team
Phone: +372 52 86 351
e-mail: kaidioone@hotmail.com
www.easl.ee/wuoc2008

2008-07-26
Bulletin 4

Pdf version of bulletin 4 is now available here(~4.6 mb).

2008-07-07
Press announcement

World’s best students are gathering in Tartu, Estonia

The XVIth World University Orienteering Championships will be held in Tartu, Estonia at the end of July. The Championships will bring to Tartu, a town with Estonia’s oldest university (founded in 1632), 240 young athletes from 27 countries and as far afield as Japan, New-Zealand, Australia and United States.

The opening ceremony will be held on Tartu Town Hall Square in the evening of July 29th. Four competitions will be held from July 30th to August 2nd: a spring in Tartu, long distance in Veskimõisa, short distance and a relay in Prangli. In the last two days of the competition, also the traditional Kobras Cup orienteering competition will be organised by OC Põlva Kobras in Prangli.

Spectators are welcome to the competition centres to cheer for their favourites and to see the world’s best orienteerers in competition. The Estonian national team will include, among others, Markus Puusepp, World Junior Championship bronze medallist on short distance in 2006, Sander Vaher and Annika Rihma who both did well at the last World University Championships. These are the first World Student Championships in orienteering that are held in Estonia.

"It will be an exciting competition, because of both attractive South-Estonian terrain and strong athletes" said director of the competition Nikolai Järveoja. "For example Norwegian team includes Magne Daehl, junior world champion in relay from 2005 and Ivan Sirakov, 2007 World Junior Championships bronze from Bulgaria will be competing in Tartu".

The championships are organised by the Estonian Academic Sports Federation, OC Põlva Kobras and Estonian Orienteering Federation. Official website of the Championships at www.easl.ee/wuoc2008 includes programme details, lists of national teams, start- and finish protocols and information on event locations.

For more information please contact:
Kaidi Ruusalepp
WUOC 2008 Media Team
Phone: +372 52 86 351
e-mail: kaidioone@hotmail.com
www.easl.ee/wuoc2008

 

2008-06-18
BULLETIN 3
Bulletin 3 is now available under Bulletins
Pdf version can be downloaded here

2008-05-26
Bulletin 3 will be published on 6th June

2008-05-19
WUOC forum added.
Feel free to discuss any WUOC 2008 related topics here

2008-04-07
Added online registration system.
Remind that last date for second registration and paying a deposit is 29th April 2008

2008-02-20
WUOC 2008 2nd TRAINING CAMP
The second official WUOC 2008 training camp will take place from July 25th to July 27th 2008 in Põlva, 45 kilometres from Tartu.
more info

2007-11-13

Ola Kaberg, the technical delegate of FISU visited Estonia at the beginning of November 2007. Future competition centers, maps and rules were checked during the two days inspection visit. fisu_delegate image
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"I can feel that organisers are experienced and they are ready for a good coopeartion. It is a lot to do but everything looks corrects on the technical and organising side of the competitions", gave Ola Kaberg his comments. Mr Kaberg has been a technical delegate of FISU in orienteering last fours world orienteering championships.

2007-10-14
Bulletin 2 is now available under Bulletins
Direct link for (pdf version)(~5mb)

2007-10-10
Added general registration forms:

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