Team Latvia aims for medals

From August 3 to 12, Latvia will become the centre of orienteering as it will host the 35th World Championship, during which more than 300 strongest athletes from 50 countries will compete for 10 medal sets in 5 disciplines. At the press conference dedicated to theforthcoming race, the Latvian team named its goal - to win a medal in the orienteering relay for the first time in history.
 
"Latvia was fighting for the right to host the world championship for four years, however each time the International Federation of Orienteering gave preference to one of the big orienteering countries. Eventually the small countries got their chance to prove that they are able to organize the most important orienteering competitions in sport - last year the championship was held in Estonia, but this year in Latvia, "said Janis Lazdans, the deputy chairman of the Latvian Orienteering Federation (LOF) and the director of the World Championship WOC2018.
 
The World Championship in orienteering is an exciting event for the spectators, so we encourage all interested sport fans to come to competition centres and enjoy the world championship atmosphere and cheer for the athletes. The competition centres will be arranged so that spectatorscan see it all - the start, the finish and most exciting events during the distance, furthermore using modern technology spectators will be able to keep track of the athletes’ course in the woods. In addition, sport goods shops and cafes will be available in competition centres.Visiting the competition is free! (With the exception of entrance fee at the Turaida Museum Reserve to attend the race arena of the relay and of the long distance)!
 
"Special attention will be paid to live TV broadcasts, available both on television and mobile devices, as live broadcasting on Latvian channels will be provided by LMT Straume. Shooting at racing arenas and distances will be carried out by ashooting team from the Czech Republic, which has a vast experience in filming orienteering races, the same team also provides live TV coverage at the biathlon World Cup. TV broadcasts will be shown on 9 national TVs, and audience coverage is expected to be hundreds of thousands, "said DanielsKarklins, WOC2018 technical director.
 
Latvian orienteers will also go on to fight for medals. This year 9 sportsmen will represent Latvia at the World Championship: Sandra Grosberga, Inga Dambe, LigaValdmane, IritaPukite, Laura Vike, Edgars Bertuks, AndrisJubelis, ArtursPaulins and RudolfsZernis.
Sandra Grosberga, LigaValdmane, IritaPukite, AndrisJubelis, ArtursPaulins, RudolfsZernis will run the sprint race. At the mixed sprint relayLatvia will be represented by Sandra Grosberga, Inga Dambe, AndrisJubelis and ArtursPaulins.Middle distance will be run by Sandra Grosberga, Inga Dambe, Laura Vike, Edgars Bertuks, ArtursPaulins andRudolfsZernis. Forest relay team for men will be Edgars Bertuks,AndrisJubelis, ArtursPaulins andRūdolfsZērnis, for womenSandra Grosberga, Inga Dambe and Laura Vike.  Sandra Grosberga, Inga Dambe, Laura Vike, Edgars Bertuks, AndrisJubelis and ArtursPaulins will race at the long distance.
 
"The competition at World Championship will be impressive. The planets’ most powerful orienteers will fight for medals in Latvia. To race at our own home for the first time in history is a celebration itself, however the goal of Latvian team is not only to participate. The team set its goal four years ago, when we learned that Latvia got the right to organize the championship. And our goal is - we want to win medals in the relay! Of course, each athlete also has his own personal goals, and they are - to fight for the top ten positions at individual distances," said JurgisKrastins, head of the Latvian orienteering national team," adding: "For Latvian spectators, this will be a unique opportunity to experience the highest level competition right here, at home, on the spot. It will be a chance to meet the world's best athletes in one of the most popular endurance sports in the world."
 
Latvian team also includes the experienced orienteer Edgars Bertuks, who has won the first world championtitle in the history of orienteering in Latvia and the whole Baltics. In 2012, he became the champion in the middle distance and won the bronze medal in the long distance, but in 2013 he was took home the bronze medal of long distance. "I am very honoured to be part of the team. At times various injuries made me doubt whether I will be able to represent Latvia at this years’ Championship, or not. It seemed to me that it was not meant to be, but here I am! The fact that the world championship takes place at home is a very special occasion. This is a dream that has finally come true. I will certainly remember it as one of the most striking events in my athlete's career. Spectators come and support us!" invited Edgars Bertuks.


Part of team Latvia - from the left -  Artūrs Pauliņš, Laura Vīķe, Sandra Grosberga, Edgars Bertuks and head of  team Latvia - Jurģis Krastiņš.

Medals are ready for WOC2018.


Registration for Latvia O-Week has been extended

Great news, everybody!!!
Registration for Latvia O-Week has been extended up to 16th July 11:59pm.
Don’t miss the chance to gain new experience in Latvia!!!

First days of selection races - sprint and middle distances.

Friday started with selection race in sprint distance were runners fighted for places in national teams. Distance took place in Limbaži - an old town built in 13th century.
There were runners from 24 countries and the best results had Matthias Kyburz ️ and Tove Alexandersson .
From Latvian team best runners were Sandra Grosberga and Rūdolfs Zērnis.
More results of sprint races here: https://www.woc2018.lv/files/sprint_r.html

Today in Līgatne atlethes continued with selection race for  middle distance.  Winners of middle distance are:
Men 1 - Olav Lundanes (Norway)
Men 2 - Daniel Hubmann (Switzerland)
Women 1 - Marianne Andersen (Norway)
Women 2 - Judith Wyder (Switzerland)

Best runners from Latvia team were Sandra Grosberga and Rūdolfs Zērnis.
More results of middle distance here: https://www.woc2018.lv/results/7.07/results/RESULTS.html


Selection races for national teams starting already this weekend

Bulletin no. 2 for Selection Races has been published. You can find it here (.pdf).
All information about Selection Races (start lists, live results)  will be published in section "SELECTION RACES" of our web-page.

24 National Teams Entered for the World Orienteering Championships

A little more than two months remain till the launch of the 35th World Orienteering Championships 2018, to be held in Latvia from 4 August to 12 August. So far we already know the first 24 countries who have officially registered altogether 189 athletes representing their national teams.
It is expected that about 50 national teams will compete in the World Championships. Orienteering “great power” Sweden who reaped 7 medals (including 4 gold) in the last year’s championships in Estonia, France (3 medals), Switzerland (also 3 medals), Finland (2 medals) are among the teams who have already made their official entries. This year in Latvia Sweden is going to participate with 13 athletes, France with 11 athletes, Switzerland with 12 athletes, while Finland up to now has registered the largest number of athletes, as many as 18.
Other countries who have registered their national teams for the WOC2018 are Australia (10), Brazil (4), Canada (4), China (8), Japan (10), Republic of Korea (8) and even New Zealand (9), while only one athlete will represent the Netherlands.

We kindly invite all lovers of orienteering sports to enter the WOC2018 spectator race “LATVIA O-Week”, to be held parallel to the world championships, and feel the atmosphere of the world level competition while running in the same terrains where the WOC2018 runners compete.
As part of “LATVIA O-Week”, anyone will be able to take part in the sprint race in the very heart of the capital city Riga on 4 August: the spectator race will start immediately after the WOC2018 Sprint Qualification in the same area. In the afternoon the spectators will be able to follow the WOC2018 Sprint Finals and the World Orienteering Championships Opening Ceremony. Other “LATVIA O-Week” races are scheduled: on 7 August – forest sprint in the Latvian Ethnographic Open Air Museum; on 8 August in Sigulda and 10 August in Mazie Kangari the runners will be able to test their orienteering skills in middle distance; on 5 August in Carnikava and 12 August in Turaida there will be a chance to challenge one’s stamina in long distance.

Register for “LATVIA O-Week” now!
Having entered for all 6 days, the competitor is eligible to a 15% fee discount.
Upon registration it is possible to order the official WOC2018 fan T-shirt or “forest” running shirt; the price is EUR 25.
Read more about the spectator race at http://www.woc2018.lv/lv/o-week, and register for “LATVIA O-Week” here: https://lof.lv/o-week/

About the WOC2018
The athletes participating in the 35th World Orienteering Championships will compete for 10 sets of medals in 5 disciplines. Thrilling urban sprint races will be held in Vecrīga and Āgenskalns, whereas forest races will take place in the vicinity of Sigulda. The arenas will be set up in a way that makes following the race interesting for fans and TV spectators. The Event Centre in Sigulda will be located in the new cross-country skiing facility in Laurenči, while in Turaida it will be situated in the Folk Song Garden.

World Orienteering Championships - Programme
4 August – Sprint Qualification – Riga
4 August – Sprint Finals – Riga
5 August – Sprint Relay – Riga
7 August – Middle Distance – Sigulda
9 August – Relay – Turaida
11 August – Long Distance – Turaida

Information by the Latvian Orienteering Federation (LOF)
Additional information:
Jānis Lazdāns, Director of the 35th World Orienteering Championships
janis.lazdans@woc2018.lv


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