Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Name that orienteer


Check out this record of World Champs results:

Individual finals: 1st, 1st, 2nd, 7th, and 7th;
Relays: 6th, 1st, 1st, 1st, 1st, and 1st

Can you guess who it is?

That's seven gold medals spread out over six World Champs.

A hint is that he turned 50 yesterday. Another hint is that he is Norwegian. That ought to be enough. The answer is Oyvin Thon. His 50th birthday was reported in the Norwegian O' mag (and I came across the link at worldofo.com). The Norwegian magazine will feature an interview with him and maps from his two individual world champs (maybe someone will scan the interview and post it on the web?).

Back in 2006 I put together (with some help) a list of 3000 meter times for orienteers. Thon ran a very fast 8:23.8. The list I put together (and the comments) are worth another look.

The source for the results is Maprunner's WOC database.

Back to okansas.blogspot.com.

posted by Michael | 8:50 PM


Yeah, and 6 WOCs in those days means staying on top for 11 years!
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