Double Swedish success in New Zealand

Posted on | January 13, 2013 | Category: News

Tove Alexandersson and Jerker Lysell were the winners of the third and last of the races in the New Zealand World Cup round, a Middle distance chasing start following a prologue in the morning. The races were very strength-sapping due to high temperatures and the complex hilly grassland terrain.

In temperatures up to 34 degrees, this was Tove Alexandersson’s second successive World Cup victory and she took it in style. She won the prologue by 8 seconds, and with 30 bonus seconds added she started the second race 38 seconds in front of Finland’s Minna Kauppi. Tove Alexandersson led throughout and finished with a lead of 1.23, whilst Minna Kauppi was caught by the Norwegian Anne Margrethe Hausken Nordberg in the later stages of the race. New Zealander Lizzie Ingham again ran well, finishing eighth.

Peter Öberg, Sweden just won the men’s prologue in a very tight race. After the chasing start, he was eventually caught up by Olav Lundanes, Norway and Jerker Lysell, who ran more-or-less together thereafter. It was Lysell who had the stronger legs towards the finish and won by 5 seconds. Peter Öberg was third, 36 seconds behind Lundanes, and there was then a gap of more than 2 minutes before the two Swiss runners Matthias Merz and Fabian Hertner finished.

There is a gap of more than 4 months now before the next World Cup round, the Nordic Tour, which starts in Norway on 1st June. Tove Alexandersson will now alter her training towards preparation for the Ski Orienteering European and World Championships in the next two months, with the aim of winning a clutch of medals there. Compared to today, conditions cannot be more different!

Leading results – Middle distance chasing start

Women

  1. Tove Alexandersson SWE 37:09
  2. Anne Margrethe Hausken Nordberg NOR 38:32
  3. Minna Kauppi FIN 38:52
  4. Tatyana Riabkina RUS 39:18
  5. Lena Eliasson SWE 39:29
  6. Ida Bobach DEN 40:16

Men

  1. Jerker Lysell SWE 40:33
  2. Olav Lundanes NOR 40:38
  3. Peter Öberg SWE 41:14
  4. Matthias Merz SUI 43:49
  5. Fabian Hertner SUI 43:54
  6. Gernot Kerschbaumer AUT & Wiliam Lind SWE 43:59

 

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