MTB Orienteering World Cup: Double Russian victory at Middle distance

Posted on | June 2, 2012 | Category: News

The happy medal trio: (left) Marika Hara, Ksenia Chernykh, Christine Schaffner-Räber.

Russians Ksenia Chernykh and Anton Foliforov took their first World Cup victories of the season in the Middle distance race in Poland today. Chernykh won by an impressive 51 seconds over yesterday’s winner and World Cup standings leader Marika Hara, Finland.

In the women’s race five nations were represented on the podium, only Switzerland having two riders there. The first of these was Christine Schaffner-Raeber who took third place, 1.39 down on the winner, and Maja Rothweiler was sixth. Swedish and Czech Republic colours were also present.

The men’s race was a very close-run affair with only 9 seconds separating the first three in the results list. Jussi Laurila, Finland took second place for the second day running, missing out this time by 7 seconds. Two seconds slower than him was another Finn, Pekka Niemi. Yesterday’s winner Luca Dallavalle, Italy was in 6th place today.

Top three men from today’s race: (left) Jussi Laurila, Anton Foliforov, Pekka Niemi.

This round of the World Cup ends tomorrow with a Long Distance race with mass start in a ‘one-man-relay’ format.

Leading results

Women
1.    Ksenia Chernykh RUS 50:38
2.    Marika Hara FIN 51:29
3.    Christine Schaffner-Räber SUI 52:17
4.    Cecilia Thomasson SWE 52:20
5.    Renata Paulíčková CZE 52:55
6.    Maja Rothweiler SUI 53:17

Men
1.    Anton Foliforov RUS 56:20
2.    Jussi Laurila FIN 56:27
3.    Pekka Niemi FIN 56:29
4.    Jiři Hradil CZE 56:58
5.    František Bogar CZE 57:12
6.    Luca Dallavalle ITA 58:44

Photos: Ludomir Parfianowicz

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