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Swiss maps her way to world orienteering title

König Salmi won Switzerland's first championship medal since 1995

(Keystone Archive)

Switzerland's Vroni König Salmi has won the 2.2 kilometre sprint title at the world orienteering championships in Tampere, Finland.

König Salmi, who hails from Zurich, defeated Finland's Johanna Asklof by 5.6 seconds, and Bern's Simone Luder by seven seconds.

Married to a Finnish orienteering champion and now living in Finland, the mother-of-two said she was delighted to finish in first place especially after enduring a slight hiccup at the second control gate.

"I didn't make a mistake, I simply hesitated," she revealed. "When that happens the important thing is to stay calm."

König Salmi's victory marks Switzerland's first success at the world orienteering championships since 1995.

swissinfo with agencies

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