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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.

This content was published on August 23, 2009 - 15:26

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.

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