Niggli and Hubmann take World Cup titles

Posted on | September 28, 2009 | Category: News

She’s done it! Simone Niggli rounded off her season in the best possible way by winning the PostFinance Sprint in Zurich city centre and in so doing, becoming the overall winner of the 2009 World Cup. Daniel Hubmann also won for the second day running, finishing with a huge points lead in the men’s World Cup.

Simone has steadily regained her best form as the year has progressed after giving birth last year, and today’s win confirms her standing as the world’s best female orienteer yet again – she also won the World Cup every year from 2004 to 2007 inclusive. Today’s victory was by a margin of 18 seconds over Anne Margrethe Hausken, with one of the others in close contention for the title, Marianne Andersen, coming third a further 4 seconds down. The third contender, Helena Jansson, was disqualified.

Daniel Hubmann won by 16 seconds over his compatriot David Schneider, and the Russian Andrey Khramov took third place, 5 seconds slower again. The Swiss runners provided plenty of excitement for the big crowds of spectators, taking 5 of the first 6 places. Daniel Hubmann’s only serious challenger for the title, Thierry Gueorgiou, could only finish eleventh today, although he was in fact only 56 seconds slower than Hubmann.

For more stories, news and results, please go to the World Cup pages from the right-hand menu on the IOF homepage.

Leading results

Women
1. Simone Niggli SUI 14.03
2. Anne Margrethe Hausken NOR 14.22
3. Marianne Andersen NOR 14.26
4. Kajsa Nilsson SWE 14.50
5. Signe Søes DEN 14.56
6. Lea Müller SUI 14.57

Men
1. Daniel Hubmann SUI 14.22
2. David Schneider SUI 14.38
3. Andrey Khramov RUS 14.43
4. Fabian Herner SUI 14.47
5. Matthias Merz SUI 15.01
6. Matthias Müller SUI 15.03

Leading World Cup final standings

Women
1. Simone Niggli SUI 630
2. Marianne Andersen NOR 553
3. Helena Jansson SWE 425
4. Minna Kauppi FIN 420
5. Anne Margrethe Hausken NOR 402
6. Signe Søes DEN 290

Men
1. Daniel Hubmann SUI 680
2. Thierry Gueorgiou FRA 465
3. Peter Öberg SWE 368
4. Andrey Khramov RUS 346
5. Matthias Merz SUI 332
6. Fabian Hertner SUI 314

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