Hubmann finds his way fastest

Swiss athlete Daniel Hubmann has claimed first place in the long-distance race at the Olomouc world orienteering championships in the Czech Republic.

This content was published on July 19, 2008 - 14:44

Hubmann ran the 17.3-kilometre course on Saturday in just over one hour and 36 minutes, beating home Norway's Anders Nordberg and Frenchman François Gonon by more than a minute.

The win signals the end of a long wait for the 25-year-old Swiss, who had already collected six individual silver medals at European and world championships.

It was also Hubmann's second medal in Olomouc, after finishing second in the sprint event, and the 50th ever for the Swiss at the world championships.

His compatriot and defending champion Maththias Merz finished fifth. Although he made no mistakes passing through the courses 36 control points, Merz was unable to keep up with the front-runners after his preparation was upset by recent health problems.

Orienteering combines running with navigation using a map and compass. Competitors must pass through control points and the location of these points is kept secret until the start of the race.

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