The Organizing Committee and the Latvian Orienteering Federation are delighted to be the hosts for the 7th European Orienteering Championships and World Cup in Ventspils, Latvia from 25 May to 1 June 2008. We welcome all friends of orienteering in Ventspils.

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Sprint final

Today the first medals of the European championships 2008 were awarded to the winners of the sprint distance that was held in Ventspils, the host city of the championships.

In the morning on qualification races the courses went through the streets of Ventspils where high speed was the main factor for qualifying to the final. However the sprint final was techically more difficult as it included not only running in the urban area - the largest part of the course was situated in the area closer to the sea, with detailed orienteering in the Ventspils open-air museum and the park area, still the fast running was very important also there. The final part of the course went throught the dune terrain, which turned out to be the most difficult part as many runners made mistakes exactly there.

The new champion in the men's class once again is Emil Wingstedt from Sweden, who won spirnt distance in the brevious EOC in Estonia two years ago. The silver medal was taken by Daniel Hubmann (SUI) and the bronze went to Adrey Khramov (RUS).

Men A final
1 Emil Wingstedt SWE 13:11
2 Daniel Hubmann SUI 13:25
3 Andrey Khramov RUS 13:35
4 Scott Fraser GBR 13:37
5 Lars Skjeset NOR 13:43
6 Peter Oberg SWE 13:44

In women class it was a strong battle among three runners as all of them finished in 6 second interval. The Europan champion 2008 in sprint distance was Ann Margarethe Hausken, leaving behind Heli Jukkola (FIN) and Helena Jansson (SWE).

Women A final
1 Anna Margarethe Hausken NOR 11:11
2 Heli Jukkola FIN 11:14
3 Helena Jansson SWE 11:17
4 Minna Kauppi FIN 11:39
5 Merja Rantanen FIN 11:40
6 Radka Brozkova CZE 11:44

The interview with today's winner Anne Margarethe Hausken after yesterday's training:

Medal table after the sprint

Sweden1 12
Norway1  1
Switzerland 1 1
Finland 1 1
Russia  11

Tomorrow is the long distance qualification near the Liepene camping. The first start is at 11:00. The start lists are already published in Start list section.

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