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Athlete profile: Merja Rantanen
Athlete background info last updated 2015-07-31 16:02:56
Bronze medal from WOC middle on homeground in Vuokatti, Finland in 2013 - seemed to be the happiest athlete of all after that race. Important part of the Finnish relay team, winning gold at the World Championships in 2008, 2010 and 2011. Nominated for the Orienteering Achievement of the Year in 2008 after winning the silver medal at EOC middle distance and winning the gold medal with her team at the WOC relay. Has a son Otto born in 2007. Her breakthrough into the orienteering elite in the 2008 season with the EOC middle silver medal. Professional orienteer for several years. Personal best times are 10.17 on 3000 meter and 17.15 on 5000 meter.
CountryFinland
WoO RankingOverall: 14, Sprint: 11, Middle: 4, Long: 38
World Ranking Middle/Long 8 / Sprint 11 (as of 29/8/2016)
ClubJämsän Retki-Veikot (FIN)
Born placeJämsänkoski
Born date1980-12-07
LivesJämsänkoski (FIN)
Webpagehttp://www.elonen.fi/merja-rantanen/blog ...

World Orienteering Championships (WOC)
3 gold medals

2011, Relay, Savoie, France
2010, Relay, Trondheim, Norway
2008, Relay, Olomouc, Czech Republic

1 silver medal

2015, Middle, Inverness, Scotland

3 bronze medals

2016, Relay, Stromstad, Sweden
2013, Middle, Vuokatti, Finland
2009, Relay, Miskolc, Hungary

Best for each discipline:

Long: 7. place 2012, Lausanne, Switzerland
Middle: Silver 2015, Inverness, Scotland
Sprint: 8. place 2013, Vuokatti, Finland
Relay: Gold last time 2011, Savoie, France
MixedRelay: 6. place 2015, Inverness, Scotland

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Overall World Cup (WC Overall)
Best result 8. place:

WC Overall 2011

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European Orienteering Championships (EOC)
1 gold medal

2016, Relay, Jesenik, Czech Republic

3 silver medals

2012, Relay, Falun, Sweden
2010, Relay, Primorsko, Bulgaria
2008, Middle, Ventspils, Latvia

1 bronze medal

2008, Relay, Ventspils, Latvia

Best for each discipline:

Long: 6. place 2008, Ventspils, Latvia
Middle: Silver 2008, Ventspils, Latvia
Sprint: 5. place last time 2016, Jesenik, Czech Republic
Relay: Gold 2016, Jesenik, Czech Republic
MixedRelay: 4. place 2016, Jesenik, Czech Republic

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Open Nordic Orienteering Championships (NOC)
2 silver medals

2009, Relay, Salo, Finland
2009, Long, Salo, Finland

Best for each discipline:

Long: Silver 2009, Salo, Finland
Middle: 4. place 2009, Salo, Finland
Sprint: 10. place 2009, Salo, Finland
Relay: Silver 2009, Salo, Finland

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World Cup (WC)
2. place: 3 times

2015, WC no. 8, Inverness, GBR, Middle
2011, WC no. 3, NORT, NOR, Middle
2008, WC no. 3, Ventspils, LAT, Middle, EOC

3. place: Once

2013, WC no. 11, Vuokatti, Finland, Middle, WOC

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Other international results

Individual results:
2005: Worldgames, 7. place
2005: Springcup, 18. place
Relays:
2012: Venla 2012, 70. place (1. leg, 1. place, Jämsän Retki-Veikot)
2011: Venla 2011, 33. place (4. leg, Out: 56. place, In: 33. place, Koovee)
2010: Venla 2010, 20. place (4. leg, Out: 48. place, In: 20. place, Koovee)
2009: Venla 2009, 22. place (4. leg, Out: 39. place, In: 22. place, Koo-Vee)
2008: Venla 2008, 54. place (4. leg, Out: 118. place, In: 54. place, Jämsän Retki-Veikot)
2007: Venla 2007, 22. place (1. leg, 5. place, Jämsän Retki-Veikot)
2006: Venla 2006, 23. place (4. leg, Out: 29. place, In: 23. place, Jämsän Retki-Veikot)
2005: Venla 2005, 36. place (4. leg, Out: 43. place, In: 36. place, Jämsän Retki-Veikot)
2004: Venla 2004, 40. place (4. leg, Out: 46. place, In: 40. place, Jämsän Retki-Veikot)
2003: Venla 2003, 20. place (4. leg, Out: 23. place, In: 20. place, Jämsän Retki-Veikot)
2002: Venla 2002, 18. place (4. leg, Out: 25. place, In: 18. place, Jämsän Retki-Veikot)
2001: Venla 2001, 28. place (2. leg, Out: 3. place, In: 8. place, Jämsän Retki-Veikot)
2000: Venla 2000, 58. place (1. leg, 108. place, Jämsän Retki-Veikot)
1999: Venla 1999, 46. place (1. leg, 114. place, Jämsän Retki-Veikot)
1998: Venla 1998, 97. place (1. leg, 75. place, Jämsän Retki-Veikot)

IOF World Ranking:
World Ranking position: Middle/Long 8 / Sprint 11 (as of 29/8/2016)
See also all IOF WRE results for Merja Rantanen including updated WR position

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