Middle Final: second gold for Aebersold, win this time for Curiger

Posted on | July 14, 2016 | Category: Arena, News

Simona Aebersold, already Sprint champion, added the Middle title today with another emphatic win, this time by 1.50. Thomas Curiger and Joey Hadorn exchanged places compared to the other two individual finals, with Curiger on this occasion taking the gold.

In the women’s race Aleksandra Hornik, Poland took the silver medal, and the bronze went to Johanna Öberg, Sweden who was 21 seconds slower. For Hornik, who has won several domestic championship gold medals, this was her best international result so far by a long way.

Simona Aebersold’s time was almost 1 minute quicker than the planner’s estimated winning time for the 3.1 km course with 190 m climb. Both speed and high technical skill were required on the broken-up hillside of pine forest with detailed contours and rock features with some small open areas.

Swiss dominance continued in the men’s race, with Thomas Curiger this time getting the upper hand over Joey Hadorn by 49 seconds, thanks largely to a better run through the first few controls. Audun Heimdal, Norway also ran strongly to take the bronze medal, 1.11 down on the winning time which was again quicker than the planner’s estimate.

Orhan Kutlu was yesterday the first-ever Turkish athlete to qualify for an A-final in a world championship event, and he finished today in a creditable 37th place, only 4.44 down on the winner.

The Championships finish tomorrow with the Relay races, which take place between 1030 and 1315 CET.

Leading results

Women, 3.1 km, 190 m climb

  1. Simona Aebersold SUI 24:06
  2. Aleksandra Hornik POL 25:56
  3. Johanna Öberg SWE 26:17
  4. Megan Carter Davies GBR 27:28
  5. Anna Haataja FIN 27:31
  6. Hanna Mueller SUI 27:37

Men, 3.8 km, 260 m climb

  1. Thomas Curiger SUI 24:21
  2. Joey Hadorn SUI 25:10
  3. Audun Heimdal NOR 25:32
  4. Anton Forsberg SWE 25:35
  5. Noah Zbinden SUI 25:40
  6. Isac von Krusenstierna SWE 25:53

 

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