The world elite of orienteering returns to the forest at the EOC

After a spring and early summer focused on sprint competitions at the R1 World Cup in Sweden and the WOC in Denmark, it’s time to get back into the forest at the European Orienteering Championships in Estonia.

The championships also serve as the second round of the Orienteering World Cup and start Wednesday at noon with the middle distance qualification.

The long distance follows Thursday and after a rest day, Saturday sees the middle distance final before the relays on Sunday.

Follow all the final races via IOF Live Web-TV

As with many other competitions, the EOC in Estonia was originally scheduled for 2020 but was postponed due to the corona pandemic.

Finally, the rather flat forest terrain of northeastern Estonia with a very varied race is ready to host around 300 athletes from all over the world.

Tove Alexandersson (SWE) took the World Cup lead with two victories in Borås in May. She is 70 points ahead of fellow Swede Lina Strand and world sprint champion Megan Carter Davies (GBR) is 25 points behind in third place.

In the men’s World Cup, sprint specialist Tim Robertson (NZL) will most certainly lose his leading position as he hasn’t entered the EOC at all – and Kasper Fosser (NOR) and Matthias Kyburz (SUI) are only 10 and 15 points behind.

Find the World Cup standings here:

SVT (Sweden), NRK (Norway), ERR (Estonia), TV 8 Mont Blanc (France) and Viaplay (Finland) will broadcast from the EOC. Find the details here.

IOF Live sends all finals with English commentary. Tickets available for 6/12 EUR – one/all three finals.

Program – all EEST local time zones (UTC+3):

Wednesday August 3
Intermediate qualification
1:00 p.m. First start

Thursday August 4
Long distance
9:30 a.m. First start
13.00 – 16.00 Web TV

Saturday August 6
11:45 a.m. First start
12:30 – 15:00 Web TV

Sunday August 7
10:00 a.m. First start
10:00 – 14:00 Web TV

Dino J. Dotson