International runners excited for O-Ringen

O-Ringen has officially started.

The international runners were excited for the first stage.

”I love Sweden”, Wang Mingda from China said.

Shao Shiya, Ma Yanbing, Xiang Siyu, and Wang Mingda.

Orienteers from 40 countries were excited to get the competition started as O-Ringen began on Sunday. Chinese runners Shao Shiya, Ma Yanbing, Xiang Siyu, and Wang Mingda visit Sweden and O-Ringen for the very first time.

”Because we love orienteering. We practice once a week and we came here to see if our efforts would pay off”, Shao Shiya said.

”I love Sweden. I love the environment here, it's so much better than in China”, Wang Mingda added.

Jonatan Haglund, 10, was the first person to cross the finish line.

At around 8:45 am O-Ringen was officially started as Swedish runner Jonatan Haglund, a 10-year old orienteer from IFK Hedemora, was the first runner to cross the finish line. He has now done that for two consecutive years.

”The course was good and I only made one small mistake”, Jonatan Haglund said, a few minutes after his race.

At around 11 am, lines occurred right after the finish line. Many runners wondered what caused the long waiting time.

”All check-outs work just fine so there's no need to worry”, race director Jan Åhlund said.

Lines occurred.

According to the race director, the lines occurred since many runners chose to run to the start at the same time, right after the rain stopped in the morning.

Furthermore, one of the verification stations did not work as expected.

”Because of that, all number bibs and SI cards were not connected directly. We corrected that after the finish line but it has caused some lines”, the race director said.

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