Kiwi orienteering star Tim Robertson claimed New Zealand's first ever medal at a World Orienteering Championships on Sunday in Latvia.

In a historic performance in which the 22-year-old led at every split time, Robertson was ahead by 0.7 seconds at the final pre-warning before being edged out of the gold medal by Switzerland's Daniel Hubmann by a slim 1.1 seconds to take silver.

The Lower Hutt student, who is currently based in Austria studying a Bachelor of Training and Sport, said the achievement was "indescribable".

Indescribable. 2nd place at the Nokian Tyres World Orienteering Championships 2018 Latvia. It was a tight battle all the...

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"An unreal feeling to be standing on the podium just one second off the gold. Really satisfied with my run and would like to say thanks for all of the incredible support I've had over the years!" Robertson wrote on Facebook.


Robertson's previous best result in a World Orienteering Championship sprint was 13th in 2016 shortly after making his World Championship debut at just 16 years old.

Last month Robertson took out the 2018 World University Orienteering Championship in the sprint distance in Finland.