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Poll: Orienteering Achievement of 2018 - Men

Note! This poll is closed for voting! You can still see the nominees below.

Welcome to the poll for the Orienteering Achievement of 2018 - Men, organized by World of O. The poll will be open from December 13th until December 18th.
Instructions: Tick off for your favourite, and submit your vote at the bottom of the page.
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» Runner profile Ruslan Glebov

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Ruslan Glebov
Nominated for
Culminating a great season with a silver medal at the World Orienteering Championships Long

Story
Ruslan Glebov got a surprise 2nd place at the World Cup final middle distance in Switzerland in 2015, but had since struggled to come close to that level in important races ahead of the 2018-season, except for a 4th place at World Games in 2017 (and 8000 EUR lost for those 2 seconds away from a 3rd place). This season the Ukrainian came well prepared despite a difficult economic siuation, and showed a new stability in all disciplines with 4th and 5th places at the European Champs Sprint and Middle, just missing the medals twice. After disappointing results around 10-12 in Middle and Sprint, Glebov got it all out at the Long with a silver medal. Photo: Janis Ligats, WOC2018

» Runner profile Colin Kolbe

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Colin Kolbe
Nominated for
The big surprise of the Junior World Orienteering Championship - first gold medal for Germany in 27 years

Story
Only once has a German been on top of the podium in the Junior World Orienteering Championships - back in 1991 on homeground Kristin Liebich won the first JWOC Middle distance. Now Germany are back on top, with a runner who was far from a pre race favorite. He had both the speed and the concentration to keep it all together the whole race on a tricky and varied sprintcourse. With passion and determination he made his way up to the top while the circumstances and the support in Germany is not the best for an orienteer. His PWT results later this year where he also could win a race and beat some well established top sprinters, showed, that his JWOC Sprint was not a one hit wonder and that there is more to come next years with the new found self-confidence! Photo: JWOC2018

» Runner profile Ahmet Kacmaz

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Ahmet Kacmaz
Nominated for
The first ever WOC final for Turkey after finishing on an exceptional 2nd place in the qualification

Story
Kacmaz started doing orienteering late - at age 22 - missing some of the skills many of his competitors have by growing up with orienteering. He ran his first WOC already in 2008 finishing as one of the last runners in 32nd place. 10 years later he took Turkey to a WOC final the first time with a 2nd place in the qualification - and a 37th place in the final. Photo: Janis Ligats, WOC2018

» Runner profile Milos Nykodym

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Milos Nykodym
Nominated for
Won his first World Cup victory on homeground, getting all out on the most important day

Story
Before this season, Milos Nykodym's best result in the World Cup was a 9th place, but after excellent winter training the Czech runner did his best ever individual result with a 7th place at the European Championships long distance this spring. This made Nykodym believe that everything could be possible at the World Cup final on homeground in autumn, in his own terrain. Nykodym prepared 100% for the middle distance at the World Cup final, even skipping the World Cup race the day before, and hit the jackpot. Photo: Matias Salonen, IOF

» Runner profile Eskil Kinneberg

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Eskil Kinneberg
Nominated for
Winning the middle distance at the World Orienteering Championships, out from the shadows of his team-mates

Story
Eskil Kinneberg has been running World class last legs in club relays for years and has been an important part of the Norwegian menís relay success. On club level he has been the big star, deciding several big relays for his club, but on the national team he has been more in the shadow of his team-mates. Even if you know you are good enough, actually having *that* performance on *that* day is what every athlete dreams of and Kinneberg did it, coming out of the shadows of his team mates. Photo: Matias Salonen, IOF

» Runner profile Daniel Hubmann

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Daniel Hubmann
Nominated for
The first man to win three WOC Sprint titles - and making it the double with EOC Sprint victory the same season

Story
Emil Wingstedt has won the World Championships Sprint twice, so has Andrey Khramov - and so did Daniel Hubmann before this season. By defending his WOC Sprint title from last year, Hubmann is now alone on top with three World Championships titles in Sprint. Looking at all Sprint races since Hubmann's first WOC Sprint gold in 2011, Hubmann has not been the dominating runner, but he knows exactly how to get it all out on the day it counts. With 27(!) medals in 11 different World Orienteering Championships, Hubmann is truly exceptional. It is amazing how after so many World Championships, Hubmann is still able to make top results, culminating again with a gold medal! Photo: Matias Salonen, IOF

» Runner profile Gernot Ymsen Kerschbaumer

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Gernot Ymsen Kerschbaumer
Nominated for
Bronze medal at European Championships Long and the first Austrian medal on the menís side ever

Story
For many years he is running in the "second line" of the world class - several times in top positions (some top 10 at the World Orienteering Championships, a podium at World Cup), but no real exploit. In 2018 he finally (at the age of 35) won his first individual medal in a big championship, a bronze medal at the European Championships Long in Switzerland. It was also the first Austrian medal on the menís side ever. Photo: Janis Ligats, WOC2018

» Runner profile Tim Robertson

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Tim Robertson
Nominated for
Stepping up on the big day to take his and New Zealandís first ever WOC medal

Story
Robertson was exceptional already as a junior, being nominated for "Orienteering Achievement of the Year" already in 2014, 2015 and 2016 for his fantastic sprint results, coming from a small orienteering nation. Now Robertson has taken another big step on the ladder with his silver medal at the World Orienteering Championships Sprint in Latvia. A man for the big occasions, devoted to his sport! Photo: Mareks Galinovskis, WOC2018

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