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WOC 2003 Switzerland

Show Profile  Alistair Posted: 23 July 2003, 1:17 PM  
Just thought I'd start the ball rolling with a link I found with a few pre-championship results: Link (

Always thought the classic was going to be a bit of a mission.

Show Profile  Alistair Posted: 23 July 2003, 1:25 PM  
Here's some more:



Even Carsten ran the classic - see earlier link.

These results were found here: (select the race from the drop-down list and click on "Rangliste")

Show Profile  HeadHoncho Posted: 24 July 2003, 12:06 AM  
Thanks Al, Tania looks in good form.

The big news from WOC is a storm on 16 July devastated the relay area (and reserve area which was adjacent), and they've just decided to shift the relay to another area near Zurich. Will be a big test of organisation...

Show Profile  Alistair Posted: 25 July 2003, 12:50 AM  
Teams: Link (

Show Profile  Michael Posted: 25 July 2003, 3:16 AM  
Good to see Chris adopting a suitably European spelling of his name for the occasion.

Mikael Skogsson

Show Profile  Jamie Posted: 25 July 2003, 4:06 AM  
surely NZ must win the greatest age split amongst the team...

22 years....

thats enough time to transmogrify from an Australian into a New Zealander

Show Profile  HeadHoncho Posted: 25 July 2003, 4:42 AM  
Chris Forno???? Sounds like a porn star...

Show Profile  onemanfanclub Posted: 26 July 2003, 5:10 AM  
Sorry Jamie but the Kazaks have us beaten on the age spread: 26 years

And that's with no youngsters on the team either.

No offence to Mr Barbour intended, but I do hope he's not still propping up the NZ team when he's 55!

Show Profile  onemanfanclub Posted: 26 July 2003, 5:37 AM  
Seriously now, now that we know who's in all but the Dutch team, does anyone have any predictions/tips etc??

I'll get the ball rolling: the Swiss women should be able to put together a pretty unbeatable relay team, and there's not many (Kolkalla, Antilla, Staff,...??) others who will challenge them for the individual titles.

As for the men, most of the top countries look to have at least one potential champion (except maybe Sweden - none of those names mean anything to me), but the Finns are my pick for the relay (though nowhere near as clearly as the Swiss women)

Show Profile  stu barr Posted: 26 July 2003, 10:06 AM  
My picks for the top 15 men (in no particular order)

Norway - Rostrup Jörgen
Russia - Hramov Andrei
Russia - Mamleev Mikhail
Finland - Haldin Mats
Finland - Lakanen Jani
Switzerland - Bentz Felix
Poland - Banach Robert
Hungary - Domonyik Gabor
Great Britain - Stevenson Jamie
France - Gueorgion Thierry
Denmark - Jörgensen Carsten
Czech Republic - Ropek Rudolf
Australia - De Haas Troy
Sweden - Modig Johan
Ukraine - Omeltchenko Yurii

Show Profile  Andrew M Posted: 26 July 2003, 11:26 AM  
I would perhaps throw Janne Salmi (FIN) into the mix.
Plus the Australia men to get on the the relay poduim again (top 6).

Any predictions for the Score event?

Show Profile  onemanfanclub Posted: 27 July 2003, 8:30 AM  
I'd add Thomas Bu"hrer (SUI) to Stu's list, and (unless Stu had him & I didn't notice) Pasi Ikonen (FIN) for sprint and short if he's running either.

That top 15's getting pretty big!

Show Profile  bendover Posted: 27 July 2003, 10:55 AM  
interesting list stu. like the picks of hramov and bentz. its amazing how felix bents has made such a comeback. apparently he broke his leg about two years ago and all but quit orienteering - then he appears again from nowhere and wins the swiss selection trials. the mind boggles.

what about michael horacek?

Show Profile  Greg Posted: 27 July 2003, 7:58 PM  
top 3 in each

long - Mikhail Mamleev (Russia), Mats Haldin (Finland), Valiten Novikov (Russia) (spelling??)

middle - Pasi Ikonen (FIN), Jörgen Rostrup (NOR), Janne Salmi (FIN)

sprint - Jamie Stevenson (GBR), Yurii Omeltchenko (Ukraine), Damian Renard (France) if he is running sprint??

Relay - Finland, Russia and OZ but only if BJ makes it into team ahead of Tom.

Show Profile  HeadHoncho Posted: 28 July 2003, 12:53 AM  
Like your picks Greg. I'll think about going and shooting myself now 'cause when Stu put up his posting I thought of likely classic winners and came up with exactly the same 3 names as you. Mamleev and Novikov could be dangerous in that terrain but I don't think the form will translate across to the relay - although with the change in venue, what is the terrain like for the relay? I will be surprised if SUI cannot get a podium place on their home patch.

The sprint is a lottery - there'll be 20 guys lining up on the start line capable of winning, and in 2001, Jimmy Birklin was not high on the list of likely winners and showed you dont necessarily need young legs to win.

Show Profile  Andrew M Posted: 28 July 2003, 6:51 AM  
Sounds like the relay will be an interesting affair since the change of venues.


Hopefully the swiss don't gain an advantage.

Edited by - Andrew M on 28/07/2003 16:03:12

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