The world orienteering elite returns to the forest at EOC

Following a spring and early summer with focus on sprint competitions at World Cup R1 in Sweden and WOC in Denmark, it’s time to return to the forest at European Orienteering Championships in Estonia.

The championships also serve as Round 2 in the Orienteering World Cup, and begins Wednesday at noon with the Middle distance qualification.

The Long distance follows on 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 postponed due to the corona pandemic.

So finally, the rather flat forest terrain in Northeastern Estonia with very varied runnability is ready to welcome around 300 athletes from around the world.

Tove Alexandersson (SWE) took a commanding lead in the World Cup with two wins in Borås in May. She is 70 points ahead of fellow Swede Lina Strand and the Sprint World Champion Megan Carter Davies (GBR) is 25 points further behind in third spot.

In the men’s World Cup, sprint specialist Tim Robertson (NZL) will most certainly lose his leading position as he has not entered 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 local time zone EEST (UTC+3):

Wednesday, August 3
Middle qualification
13:00 First start

Thursday, August 4
Long distance
9:30 First start
13.00 – 16.00 Web-TV

Saturday, August 6
Middle final
11:45 First start
12:30 – 15:00 Web-TV

Sunday, August 7
10:00 First start
10:00 – 14:00 Web-TV