The EOC is off to a good start with the Middle qualification

The 2022 European Orienteering Championships got off to a good start on Wednesday afternoon, when around 300 athletes started the medal chase with the middle-distance qualification in the forests around Põlula, in the northeast of Estonia.

The men’s and women’s were split into three qualifying heats, where the top 20 from each heat advanced to the middle distance finals on Saturday.

As expected, the vast majority of favorites managed to qualify for the final, with Andrine Benjaminsen (NOR), Marika Teini (FIN) and Simona Aebersold (SUI) winning their respective heats in the women’s qualifier. Miika Kirmula (FIN), Gustav Bergman (SWE) and Tomas Krivda (CZE) won the men’s qualifier.

Two of the most notable names who did not qualify for the final were Sweden’s Martin Regborn and Karolin Ohlsson. Regborn told the Swedish Orienteering Federation he skipped a check, while Ohlsson lost too much time at the ninth check to enter the top 20.

Dive into maps, GPS and live results from today’s race on IOF LIVE.

The first European Champions of 2022 will be crowned Thursday after the Long Distance. The first departure is at 9:30 a.m. EEST (UTC+3) and Web-TV can be followed via IOF LIVE from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Get your ticket for one/all finals for 6/12 EUR.

Photo: FOI / Donatas Lazauskas

Dino J. Dotson