MTB Orienteering World Cup Final: Finnish riders end season in style

Posted on | September 22, 2012 | Category: News

Jussi Laurila soon approaching the finish. Photo: Reigo Teervalt

The two Finnish leaders in the World Cup standings, Marika Hara and Jussi Laurila, were the winners of the final individual races, over Long Distance, in the World Cup in Estonia today. Hara’s win was by 1.18 whilst Laurila’s was tighter, just 11 seconds. Finnish riders also took second place in both races.

Marika Hara has a very impressive World Cup record this season: in the ten individual races she has won four times, been placed second twice and come third twice. Today Susanna Laurila was second and Maja Rothweiler (Switzerland) third, 4.25 down on the winning time, on the 24.5 km course with 250 m climbing.

The four best riders in the men’s race were timed within half a minute of each other, after which there was a gap of almost 4 minutes to the next. Finland’s Samuel Pökälä was second and Ruslan Gritsan, Russia was 2 seconds slower than Pökälä in third place. A third Finn, Samuli Saarela, was the fourth in the leading group. Home supporters could again cheer as Tonis Erm did well on home terrain for the second day running – he finished fifth. The men’s race was over 32.0 km with 350 m climb.

Women’s top three today (from left): Susanna Laurila, Marika Hara and Maja Rothweiler. Photo: Reigo Teervalt

Maps with courses for both days’ racing in Estonia, along with full results, GPS tracking and many photos, can be found on www.orienteerumine.ee/mtbo2012/.

The last race of the World Cup season is tomorrow: a Mixed Relay, for teams of 3 with at least 1 woman. Finland, leading the Relay standings, is again the favourite for victory.

Leading results – Long Distance

Women

  1. Marika Hara FIN 1:39:32
  2. Susanna Laurila FIN 1:40:50
  3. Maja Rothweiler SUI 1:43:57
  4. Michaela Gigon AUT 1:45:02
  5. Ksenia Chernykh RUS 1:45:48
  6. Cecilia Thomasson SWE 1:46:20

Men

  1. Jussi Laurila FIN 1:48:46
  2. Samuel Pökälä FIN 1:48:57
  3. Ruslan Gritsan RUS 1:48:59
  4. Samuli Saarela FIN 1:49:15
  5. Tonis Erm EST 1:53:00
  6. Jiři Hradil CZE 1:53:16
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