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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Middle qualification

A lot of big surprises after the qualification races of the middle distance. Damien Renard, Matthias Merz, Olav Lundanes, Edgars Bertuks, Ingunn Hultgreen Weltzien, Ines Brodmann - they all have missed the final. The courses today were very technical as almost all runners made some mistakes. The mistakes was probably one of the reasons why nobody could run the course in 25 minutes as it was predicted before. Some of the top runners also were heading into the finish quite slowly, so probably keeping their top sped for tomorrow's final.

Valentin Novikov from Russia made more than one and a half minute mistake, but still managed to win his qualification heat by one second. Also Thierry Gueorgiou (FRA) is back on his place, finishing number one in his heat. But also he managed to make some smaller mistakes as he admitted after his race.

Men - Heat 1
1 Matthias Muller SUI 27:37
2 Emil WIngstedt SWE 27:52
3 Sergey Detkov RUS 28:17
Men - Heat 2
1 Valentin Novikov RUS 28:23
2 Egon Kostylev RUS 28:24
2 Francois Gonon FRA 28:24
Men - Heat 3
1 Thierry Gueorgiou FRA 26:33
2 Olle Karner EST 26:54
3 Daniel Hubmann SUI 27:36

Minna Kauppi was the only one who finished in 25 minutes, almost one and a half minute ahead of Anne Margarethe Hausken, who won her second gold medal two days ago. The sprint medallist Helena Jansson had a great run today winning her heat by more than a minute.

Women - Heat 1
1 Helena Jansson SWE 27:20
2 Bodil Holmstrom FIN 28:28
3 Natalia Korzhova RUS 28:35
Women - Heat 2
1 Minna Kauppi FIN 25:13
2 Anne Margarethe Hausken NOR 26:38
3 Yulia Novikova RUS 27:20
Women - Heat 3
1 Emma Engstrand SWE 27:06
2 Merja Rantanen FIN 27:33
3 Tatiana Ryabkina RUS 27:56

Tomorrow the long final will start at 11:00 for women and 12:01 for men. Lyudmyla Zinchenko from Ukraine and Christian Bobach will be the first to head into the forest.
The start lists for the tomorrow's race are already published in the Start list section.

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