World Cup Round 3 was three days of international racing in Østfold, Norway on 31st August and the 1st and 2nd September. Normal World Cup rules applied with the strong countries having eight runners per race rather than the limit of three that is used at the World Champs, and fields of more than a hundred. It was a tough programme of four races in three days.
This was pre-WOC 2019, being where the 2019 World Championships are,and in similar terrain. Compared to rounds 1 (the European Champs, held in Switzerland) and 2 (the World Champs, held in Latvia) the Swedes did better and the Swiss less well. Tove Alexandersson of Sweden won on all three days, establishing a formidable lead in the 2018 World Cup women's competition. In the men's the Swiss Matthias Kyburz and Daniel Hubmann lead, but Olav Lundanes of Norway is close and three others still in range.
Live broadcasts of the pursuit and relay were free of charge: these together with GPS at LiveOrienteering.
Friday 31st August - Results - Long Distance Race
Gustav Bergman of Sweden ran very strongly to a 35 second victory over the Norwegian World Champion Olav Lundanes, with Matthias Kyburz of Switzerland taking the bronze three minutes back.
World of O Maps, and Quick Analysis
In the women's race Tove Alexandersson won the prologue and maintained her lead in the pursuit. The silver and bronze race was contested by Karolin Ohlsson and Anastasia Rudnaya who ran as a group of two for much of the race. In the men's Johan Runesson won the prologue. In the chase groups formed and coalesced, ending with a close finish of a group of twelve runners (not including Johan), a sprint won by the 17th starter William Lind. Quite a few commentators felt this went too far in favour of rewarding finishing speed at the expense of navigation, and if the spectator-friendly chasing start format is to be used then it must be with long distance style planning.
The end of the men's race on Daniel Hubmann's Facebook.
World of O Maps and Comments
Sunday 2nd September - forest relays.
In the women's Sweden won from Norway and Finland. Norway won the men's again with Magne Dæhli showing what a fine last leg runner he is as he managed the group finish to a three second victory over William Lind (who had won the sprint finish the previous day). Swedish teams were second and third, and the Czechs fourth. So the Swedish team did not quite complete a clean sweep of the gold medals at this World Cup Round.
Some photos and comments, again from Daniel Hubmann who says how tough he found four races in three days.
World of O Relays Maps and Analysis
Women 36.Charlotte Watson (+15:15), 44.Hollie Orr (+18:05), 51.Jo Shepherd (+19:02), 77.Cat Taylor (+29:04).
Men 30.Ralph Street (+11:26), 38.Sasha Chepelin (+12:59), 40. Ali McLeod (+13:45), 56.Hector Haines (+16:03), 68.Will Gardner (+20:24), 71.Alan Cherry (+21:18).
Women 39=.Charlotte Watson (+4:43), 42.Megan Carter-Davies (+4:50), 49.Jessica Tullie (+6:04), 65.Cat Taylor (+6:42), 66.Jo Shepherd (+6:53), 73.Hollie Orr (+8:01).
Men 22.Ralph Street (+2:10), 28.Sasha Chepelin (+2:41), 38. Ali McLeod (+2:58), 47.Peter Hodkinson (+3:30), 52.Alan Cherry (+3:38), 61.Hector Haines (+4:07).
Women 30.Charlotte Watson, 59.Jessica Tullie, 61.Hollie Orr, 63.Cat Taylor, 68.Jo Shepherd, 75.Megan Carter-Davies.
Men 22.Ralph Street, 42.Ali McLeod, 43.Alan Cherry, 51.Sasha Chepelin, 56.Hector Haines.
Britain entered two women's teams and three men's teams, with Matt Speake, Matt Fellbaum and Ben Mitchell joining those who had run on earlier days.
Women The leading placed British team of Jo, Hollie, and Megan was 22nd, 14th nation.
Men The leading placed British team of Hector, Ali and Ralph, was 13th, 8th nation.