Olli Ojanaho

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Olli Ojanaho
Personal information
Born (1997-02-25) 25 February 1997 (age 21)
Rovaniemi
ResidenceHelsinki
Sport
SportOrienteering
ClubHelsingin Suunnistajat

Olli Ojanaho (born February 25, 1997) is a Finnish orienteering competitor. He was born in Rovaniemi and started his youth career representing the club Ounasvaaran Hiihtoseura. As of 2017 Ojanaho lives in Helsinki[1] and represents Helsingin Suunnistajat.[1]

Junior career[edit]

Ojanaho made his debut at the Junior World Orienteering Championships (JWOC) in 2014 in Borovets, Bulgaria. At the age of 17, three years younger than his oldest competitors, he won a bronze medal at the middle distance. The following year, at the 2015 JWOC in Rauland, Norway, he won three gold medals after winning all three forest races: the long distance, the middle distance and the relay.

At the 2017 JWOC on home soil in Tampere, Ojanaho won all three individual races: the two individual forest races and the sprint.[2] This feat was matched the same year by Swiss runner Simona Aebersold.

He is the most decorated male orienteer ever at the junior level after having won six gold, one silver and two bronze medals at the JWOC.

Senior career[edit]

Ojanaho debuted at the senior championship level in 2017 when he represented Finland at the 2017 World Orienteering Championships (WOC) in Tartu, Estonia. The senior WOC was scheduled just one week ahead of the JWOC as doubling of the events and hence a conflicting programme for the athletes is normally not an issue. Ojanaho finished 27th in the middle distance.[3]

World Championship results[edit]

Year
Age Long Middle Sprint Relay Sprint
Relay
2017 20 27
2018 21 ill: did not compete

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Olli Ojanaho will orienteer more than ever" (Retrieved on July 25, 2017)
  2. ^ "Tre VM-guld på tre försök" (Retrieved on July 25, 2017)
  3. ^ "WOC 2017 - Official results for middle distance" (Retrieved on July 25, 2017)