four countries shared all the gold

Host country Switzerland, Sweden, Finland and France won all the gold medals of the 2022 FISU Orienteering World University Championship, which just ended in the Biel-Magglingen region.

This big four actually collected all the medals except one: the German orienteer Colin Kolbe managed to win bronze in the Sprint. The Swiss athletes dominated the first days. After winning gold in the sprint (women), long distance (women and men), the local team also won the sprint relay (mixed).

But then came Ida Haapala from Finland and Viktor Svensk from Sweden, who prevailed in the middle-distance race, navigating precisely through a technically very demanding Jura mountain forest with steep uphill and downhill sections.

And on the final day, the French women’s team surprisingly – but not without reason – won an exciting relay competition, while on the men’s side Sweden’s victory was never really in doubt at the end.

More than 250 student-athletes from 27 nations competed in Biel-Magglingen.

All results at a glance:

Women’s Sprint – 1. Eline Gemperle (SUI) 11:47 am; 2. Inka Nurminen (END) +0:19; 3. Cecile Calandry (FRA) +0:22

Sprint Men – 1. Jonathan Gustafsson (SWE) 11:30 a.m.; Timo Suter (SUI) +0:08; 3. Colin Kolbe (GER) +0:23

Long Distance Women – 1. Katrin Muller (SUI) 1:13:01; 2. Ida Haapala (END) +3:46; Anu Tuomisto (END) +4:26

Long Distance Men – 1. Fabian Aebersold (SUI) 1:18:43; 2. Simon Imark (SWE) + 0:31; 3. Mathieu Yves Perrin (FRA) + 0:48

Mixed sprint relay – 1. Switzerland 50:39; 2. Sweden + 0:43; 3. Finland +0:55

Midway Women – 1. Ida Haapala (END) 31:09; 2. Katrin Müller (SUI) +0:03; 3. Elisa Mattila (END) +0:34

Midway Men – 1. Viktor Svensk (Sweden) 32:10; 2. Simon Imark (SWE) +0:15; 3. Mathieu Yves Perrin (FRA) +1:04

Relay Women – 1. France 1:55:12; 2. Switzerland + 0:06; 3. Finland +0:12

Relay Men – 1. Sweden 1:59:50; 2. Switzerland + 1h13; 3. Finland + 1h41

Dino J. Dotson