The 2018 World Championships took place in Latvia (celebrating 100 years) from 4th - 11th August. The event was based in Riga and Sigulda. The Championships were supported by Nokian Tyres.

This was the last all-disciplines World Championships. Next year it will be the Forest races (Norway), in 2020 the Sprint races (Denmark.)

menrelayteam Britain sent a team of 14 athletes. They achieved one podium place, in the men's relay.

Full results are in IOF Eventor - WOC2018 and results and photographs are also at the Latvia World Champs site. An index of our news reports and a summary of British results follows below.

See also the virtual arena (with links to many GB photos) at Maprunner WOC 2018



Sprint

All six British athletes won through their heats to the finals.

In the women's Maja Alm of Denmark was champion, with Tove Alexandersson of Sweden second and Judith Wyder of Switzerland third. Alice Leake was eighth, Charlotte Ward 24th and Megan Carter-Davies 28th.

In the men's Daniel Hubmann of Switzerland won, with Tim Robertson of New Zealand second and Andreas Kyburz of Switzerland third. Kris Jones was tenth, Peter Hodkinson was 29th and Chris Smithard was 35th.

Alice's eighth is the fifth best sprint ever for a British woman, and the best since Tessa Hill's fifth in 2013.

Kris's tenth is his third top 10 in four years (although qualified he did not run the sprint final in 2017.)

Sprint Relay

The Sprint Relay was won by Sweden, with Switzerland second and Denmark third. Great Britain (Charlotte Ward/ Kris Jones/ Peter Hodkinson/ Megan Carter-Davies) were seventh.

It was a narrow miss of the podium, which GB had attained in the two previous championships (4th and 6th.)

Middle

The women's middle was won by Natalia Gemperle of Russia, with Marika Teini of Finland second and Isia Basset of France third. Megan Carter-Davies was 20th, Cat Taylor 26th, and Charlotte Watson 53rd.

The men's middle was won by Eskil Kinneberg of Norway, with the Swiss Daniel Hubmann and Florian Howald second and third. Ralph Street was 13th, and Alasdair McLeod 52nd.

Ralph's result is in the top 10 of British men's middle results: other squad members Hector Haines has 10th in 2015 and 12th in 2014, and Graham Gristwood has 11th in 2011 and 13th in 2010. The best results are farther back in time: Jamie Stevenson's bronze medal in 2006 and Steven Hale's 4th (1993) and 8th (1999).

Relays

The women's relay was won by Switzerland, with Sweden second and Russia third. Great Britain (Jo Shepherd/ Megan Carter-Davies/ Cat Taylor) mispunched.

The men's relay was won by Norway, with Switzerland second and France third. Great Britain (Peter Hodkinson/ Kris Jones/ Ralph Street) were 6th.

The result means Ralph has made the podium in a relay in the last four World Champs, and Kris in the last three.

Long

The women's long was won by Tove Alexandersson of Sweden, with Maja Alm of Denmark second and Sabine Hauswirth of Switzerland third. Jess Tullie was 25th, Charlotte Watson 28th and Jo Shepherd 31st.

The men's long was won by Olav Lundanes of Norway, with Ruslan Glibov of Ukraine second and Fabian Hertner of Switzerland third. Alan Cherry was 26th and Hector Haines 32nd.


In the last race of the Championships Fabian Hertner (who has subsequently announced his retirement from international orienteering - he is ninth in the world rankings) won a medal in the long, completing an all-disciplines set:

  • Sprint - Silver in 2009 and 2010
  • Sprint Relay - Silver in 2018
  • Middle - Bronze 2012, Silver in 2014, Silver in 2017
  • Forest Relay - Silver in 2014, Gold in 2015, Silver in 2016
  • Long - Bronze in 2018

Fabian's IOF Eventor record.


Following the World Champs the World Ranking Lists are updated. The top-6 men in the forest are three Norwegians and three Swiss.

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