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Orienteering: Luder takes world student title

Luder celebrates her Swiss title in July. Keystone / EPA Photo / Lehtikuva / Jukka Ritola

Switzerland's Simone Luder has won the classic individual race at the student world championships in Roanne, France. The win saw Luder build on an already successful season, following her silver medal at the European Championships in July.

In April the Bernese runner became the first Swiss athlete to win a World Cup stage after taking first place in Canberra. Last month she won two World Cup events within twenty-four hours while competing in Finland. Having proven herself at the highest level, Luder then had little difficulty in taking the Swiss short-distance title earlier this month.

The 22-year-old biology student enjoyed a similarly easy victory in her latest race. An almost flawless performance saw her complete the course more than six minutes faster than her fellow Swiss competitor, Regula Bernhard.

Zurich’s Brigitte Grüniger finished the race in fifth place, to ensure an impressive day for the Swiss women. In the men’s discipline Matthias Niggli was the best placed Swiss, also finishing fifth.

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