This year's Military World Orienteering Championships were held in Austria and the team relay title was won by the Swiss team.
This year's Military World Orienteering Championships were held in Austria and the team relay title was won by the Swiss team. It is the third time that the Swiss have won the championships.
Orienteering is a sport that first became popular in Scandinavia, but it is now growing in popularity in other European countries. It consists of a combination of walking, cross-country running, and finding one's way about the countryside by using maps and compasses.
This year's team relay Championships were run off in Styria, an Austrian province. The Swiss military team had already won the Singles Championship, and the Finns were expected to make a strong challenge for the Relay title. At the first hand-over, the Finns had already established a 26 second lead.
After this first lap, the Austrians were in second place, with Switzerland's first man, two minutes behind in third place. On the second leg, the Swiss competitor was First Lieutenant, Karl John, and he made up a lot of lost time, by completing the leg one and a half minutes faster than his team-mate had run the first leg.
By this time the Austrian team were out of the running. One of their competitors had checked in at the wrong control point, and the team was disqualified.
For the third and final lap, First Lieutenant John handed over to the World Singles Champion, Hulliger. He captured the lead from the Finns, who had led for most of the time. Hulliger clocked up the fastest time to give Switzerland the Championship, and the Finns only managed second place.