British Orienteering has a long tradition of competing in and staging successful international events. The World Championships have been staged in Great Britain twice: in 1976 and 1999. Once again British Orienteering is excited and pleased to welcome international orienteering to the challenging, inspiring and unique terrain found in the Highlands of Scotland.
Martin Ward, Chair, British Orienteering
Maja Alm of Denmark picked up her second gold medal in two days with an emphatic win in the Sprint Final. Ukraine's Nadiya Volynska took silver and Galina Vinogradova of Russia bronze.
In the men's race, Jonas Leandersson of Sweden won the gold medal, with Martin Hubmann of Switzerland in second place and Leandersson's Swedish teammate Jerker Lysell taking the bronze.
Sunday 2nd August, Forres
Superb run from Maja Alm on last lap to take the gold medal
Denmark secured the first gold medal of the 2015 World Orienteering Championships in a thrilling Sprint Relay in Nairn this evening, with Norway in second place and Russia third, while Switzerland, the pre-race favourites, had to settle for fourth.
Saturday 1st August, Nairn
Tonight in Nairn
The 2015 World Orienteering Championships Opening Ceremony begins at 16:45 tonight with the Nairn Pipe Band leading the parade of national teams into the Nairn Arena. When they are all in position in front of the podium everyone will be welcomed by Martin Ward, Chair of British Orienteering. He will introduce Councillor Laurie Fraser, Provost of Nairn, who will give his own welcome on behalf of Highland Council. The event will then be opened by International Orienteering Federation President Brian Porteous, after which the IOF flag will be raised as the pipe band plays.
The Opening Ceremony is scheduled to finish at 17:30, with Sprint Relay starting at 18:05.
Michiels and Alexandersson impress
The World Orienteering Championships began this evening in Forres with the Sprint Qualification race. There were big victories for some of the pre-race favourites, with Tove Alexandersson (Sweden) and Yannick Michiels (Belgium) winning by significant margins, while two previous Sprint bronze medallists – Lena Eliasson (Sweden) and Venla Niemi (Finland) – missed out on a place in the Final. Last year’s gold medallists Judith Wyder (Switzerland) and Søren Bobach (Denmark) finished 2nd and 4th respectively in their heats.