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Niggli-Luder finds her way back to gold

Switzerland's Simone Niggli-Luder has won the gold medal in the long distance event at the World Orienteering Championships in Miskolc, Hungary.

Her victory was the 15th world title of her career and comes after she won bronze in the middle distance and sprint events in Miskolc earlier this week.

It was a double success for the Swiss, with Daniel Hubmann defending the men’s title he won last year.

Switzerland won a total of three gold, two silver and four bronze medals in Hungary, their best medal tally at the world championships. The previous record was eight.

Niggli-Luder, aged 31, gave her opponents in the race no chance, beating second-placed Marianne Andersen of Norway by 1’51”. Third place in the event was taken by Minna Kauppi of Finland.

The Swiss made a comeback this year after a break to start a family. “The first gold medal as a ‘Mommy’ is wonderful,” she said.

Niggli-Luder was voted Swiss sportswoman of the year in 2003, 2005 and 2007. and agencies

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