Sprint interval start

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Sprint interval start

Basic information

  • Winning time is about 12-14 minutes.

Output SOFT TV workshop about Sprint

  • A good environment to show orienteering, but at the same time challenging because many people block the cameras etc.
  • The format is good: 45 athletes, 12 minutes running time, fits into a 53 minutes slot.
  • Very challenging to tell the story - it is easy to get “behind” in the storytelling as it is so fast-paced
  • To improve the story-telling, it is important with a good startlist. Ideally the favourites should be spread out, possibly with anti-seeding to have 2 minutes between every top runner. The challenge today is that you can not follow two favourites starting after eachother at each TV split.
  • Number of TV splits: Better with fewer TV-splits, but show each of them longer (40 seconds). Ideal to have only one TV split for which there is focus, and an extra TV split towards the end of the course for the best runners (could be an extended 2 minute long run-in the last controls).
  • Work needs to be done in order to get athlete tracking (GPS or alternative method) working properly for sprint. Follow the technology and see if there are possibilities. We need to be able to show the decisive moments in sprint in order to bring good entertainment


  • Camera locations
    • Start
    • TV split 1 - after 4-5 minutes running
    • TV split 2 - around 8-10 minutes running
    • Finish after 12-14 minutes running
  • GPS-tracking
    • GPS-tracking gives bad accuracy in areas with tall buildings - typically it will be close to unusable.
    • If area with park / low buildings is used, GPS tracking will work and can be used as part of story-telling - especially if there is a long route choice leg which can be shown. This can be one reason to include such areas in the course planning.
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