TWG22teamGBRTeam GB, The World Games 2022: Cecilie Andersen, Ralph Street, Jonathan Crickmore and Charlotte Ward

On 15th, 16th and 17th July there are three top-notch international orienteering races as part of the World Games in BIrmingham, Alabama.

The races are a sprint, a middle and a sprint relay. The races are on internet TV (free.) Birmingham is about the same latitude as Tunis and at this time of year it is hot and humid, with a risk of storms later in the day, so races are early local time. First starts: 3pm UK-time.

The Games has places for 80 orienteering athletes, 40 men and 40 women, and these go mostly to teams of 4 from leading countries, and partly to individual champions. Britain selected athletes (from those available) with an emphasis on the two sprint races rather than the forest middle, but the old map for the latter looks as if it will be a great area. All four, Cecilie Andersen, Ralph Street, Jonathan Crockmore and Charlotte Ward, like most British athletes, have higher world rankings in sprint than in forest. (In fact Charlotte, World ranking 21 in sprint, does not have a forest ranking.)


Two important points to bear in mind:

  1. A lot of the world's best athletes are there. For example Ralph enjoys number 7 ranking in the IOF World Sprint Rankings. All six ranked higher are also entered!

  2. For many countries the competition is a really big deal, the Olympics for non-Olympic sports. Lots of funding, plenty of support staff etc.

World of O - All You Need to Know - Customary Excellent Briefing on the Competition

World Games Orienteering Bulletin-4


Summary

The racing should be good to watch, showcasing the best of the sport.

It is as hard to win medals as at the World Champs.

Top 20's, and to an extent also top 10's, are realistic targets.


GB Team


cecilie-andersenCecilie Andersen, World Cup Round 1 2022, photo: Rob Lines


RalphStreet_JoeyHadorn_CAebersoldRalph Street, with Joey Hadorn (SUI) World Champs Sprint Relay, photo: Christian Aebersold


jonny-crickmoreJonny Crickmore, World Cup Round 1 2022, photo: Rob Lines


charlotte-wardCharlotte Ward, World Champs Sprint Final 2022, photo: Kell Sonnichsen


Our best wishes to the team, and thanks for flying the flag.

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