Martin Regborn: “A place on the podium would mean a lot to me”

Posted on | September 26, 2017 | Category: News, Newsletter

The World Cup final will be held in Grindelwald, Switzerland, on 29th and 30th September. Points from both of the final races (Long and Middle distance) will count for the final standings and will be added to the present scores, so the two last races will be very keenly contested.

The overall standing in the men’s World Cup is tight; race top-placings have been spread over a greater number of athletes.  Matthias Kyburz has established a good lead without having won a single race. Martin Regborn, Sweden is second with one win and four fourth-places, and two athletes tie for third place – Daniel Hubmann, Switzerland and Olav Lundanes, Norway.

The Swede Martin Regborn is definitely challenging the top, how do you beat the Swiss runners on their home ground?

– The swiss will as always be hard to beat on their home ground, but I think the terrain this year suits me rather well and I will do all I can to finish the season in the best way possible, says Martin Regborn.

What do you expect from the terrain and the competitions?

– I am expecting a steep and demanding terrain. I think especially the long distance is going to be a real challenge with a lot of climb. The World cup final is always very well organized so I am looking forward to some really nice competitions.

How have your preparations gone?

– My preparations have gone well and without any setbacks. Since the last world cup round in Latvia, I have only focused on training for the world cup final and have not competed. I will make a final check on my shape by running the Swedish Middle Distance championships this weekend, but all my focus is on the final World cup races.

What would a podium in the overall World Cup mean to you?

– Right now, I am not thinking about the overall standings, only about performing to the best of my ability in the final two races. The World cup races are, besides the World Championship, my main goals of the year, so of course a place on the podium would mean a lot to me.

With four wins and one second place in the eight races held so far, Tove Alexandersson is well set to retain her World Cup title; she has a good lead over Natalia Gemperle, Russia who has won one race and finished second three times. Maja Alm, Denmark is third from just five races – she has won two and come second once.

A Sprint Relay on 1st October rounds off the international season. Six races counting for the Relay World Cup have been held so far, and the final standings will be the sum of the best six out of the total seven scores. Sweden has had an outstanding season so far with four wins, and a score of 540 out of a possible 600; they will without doubt be looking to finish on a high in the final race. Hoping to retain second place will be Switzerland, and Russia and Norway will be fighting hard for third place overall.

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