Ski Orienteering World Cup: Rvacheva and Alexandersson in tight battle

Posted on | January 27, 2014 | Category: News

It’s tight at the top of the women’s World Cup standings at the end of the second round: Tatyana Rvacheva, Russia leads Tove Alexandersson, Sweden by just 5 points. The battle between these two will be resumed at the European Championships – the World Cup’s third round – in Russia in March.

Rvacheva was clearly the better of the two in the first round in Finland in December, but Alexandersson will have gained the greatest satisfaction from the second round, winning four of the five individual races counting for points. Rvacheva’s sole success was in the first of the races in Sweden, over Middle distance, but she will undoubtedly be boosted by being on home ground for the final round.

These two athletes are well ahead in the standings, but there is a close fight for third place between the two Russians Anastasia Kravchenko and Yuliya Tarasenko, with the Finns Milka Leppäsalmi and Sonja Mörsky not far behind. Russia has four athletes in the top ten in the women’s standings.

Andrey Lamov won three second round races and was placed second and fourth in the other two, so he remains well ahead of all others in the men’s standings. The Norwegians Lars Hol Moholt and Hans Jørgen Kvåle are next in the lists with just 4 points separating them, and they are closely followed by the Swedish athletes Erik Rost and Peter Arnesson. Stanimir Belomazhev, Bulgaria holds sixth place after a very consistent season so far including an impressive win in the chasing start event last week.

The two top athletes from less well-known SkiO nations are the young and very promising Estonian Daisy Kudre, in seventh place and within striking distance of the top six in the women’s list, and Gion Schnyder from Switzerland, who is tenth in the men’s list and only 35 points down on sixth place.

The final World Cup round, the European Championships, takes place at Tyumen, Russia from 7th to 14th March. The temperature today in that corner of Siberia is minus 26 degrees – and forecast to get even colder!

Leading World Cup standings after second round

Women 

  1. Tatyana Rvacheva RUS  421 points
  2. Tove Alexandersson SWE  416
  3. Anastasia Kravchenko RUS  273
  4. Yuliya Tarasenko RUS  269
  5. Milka Leppäsalmi FIN  240
  6. Sonja Mörsky FIN  237

Men 

  1. Andrey Lamov RUS  430
  2. Lars Hol Moholt NOR  313
  3. Hans Jørgen Kvåle NOR  309
  4. Erik Rost SWE  279
  5. Peter Arnesson SWE  273
  6. Stanimir Belomazhev BUL  237
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