Latvia and Finland in the spotlight

The favorites of the day, Simone Niggli-Luder (SUI) and Thierry Gueorgiou (FRA) both finished off the podium. The Finnish Minna Kaupi dominated the race from start to finish and claimed her 9th world title. By the men, Edgars Bertuks offered Latvia its first gold medal at a World Championship.

After the Swiss triumph, last Saturday during the Sprint, everyone wondered if the Swiss Team was able to continue its domination at these home –based World Orienteering Championships. Simone Niggli-Luder was, once more, the number one chance of medal on the Swiss side. Unfortunately for the Bernese, a mistake in her map reading between control 7 and 8 made a lose 2 minutes, time she will never make up. That was enough for the Finnish Minna Kaupi who win today her 3rd title in middle distance and 9th gold medal at a World Championship. The Swedish youngster Tove Alexandersson(2nd), who impressed yesterday during the qualifications, sized a first individual medal at an elite World Championship. The Russian Tatyana Riabkina completes an unexpected podium.

By the men, after a particularly tight race, Edgars Bertuks offered Latvia its first gold medal at a World Championship. During a final that will be remembered, Bertuks makes up the few seconds of delay that he had in the beginning of the race on the Russian Valentin Novikov, leaving him 5 seconds behind on the finish line. The Swiss Fabian Hertner also finished well. He finally took the 3rd place, few seconds ahead the Frenchmen Thierry Gueorgiou and François Gonon, and offered Switzerland its 5th medal at these World Championships.