SkiO World Cup: Engström and Tunis lead individual standings

Posted on | February 27, 2012 | Category: News

Six of the twelve individual events in the 2012 World Cup season have now been staged, and ahead of the rounds in Kazakhstan later this week and in Sweden in late March, Josefine Engström, Sweden and Staffan Tunis, Finland lead the World Cup standings.

Josefine Engström achieved her first international victory in ski orienteering in the Sprint race last week after twice finishing second in the first round in the USA and also in the Middle distance in this round. She is ahead of Middle distance World Champion Polina Malchikova by 16 points, and there is then a 38 point gap down to Sweden’s Kajsa Richardsson. Tove Alexandersson, also Sweden, who won all three of the individual races in USA but elected to compete in the Junior World Championships last week, is placed fifth. Leading athlete in the lists not from Russia or Scandinavia is Switzerland’s Carmen Strub, who has performed consistently well in all her races so far.

Middle distance World Champion Staffan Tunis, Finland, has reached peak form in Ukraine with two victories, in Sprint and Long distance. He has been by far the most consistent skier in the field so far this season, and leads the standings with 47 points more than Andrey Grigoriev, Russia, who won the USA Long distance race and was second over Middle distance there. The very promising young Norwegian Hans Jørgen Kvåle, who has competed in only five of the six races so far, is third, a further 16 points down.

At the end of the season it is an athlete’s ten best scores from the twelve events that count; the World Cup final event on 25th March counts double points.

In the Relay World Cup, Russia leads Sweden and Finland in both women’s and men’s competitions.

 

Leading standings

Women

  1. Josefine Engström SWE 268
  2. Polina Malchikova RUS 252
  3. Kajsa Richardsson SWE 214
  4. Audhild Bakken NOR 193
  5. Tove Alexandersson SWE 180  (3 races)
  6. Carmen Strub SUI 166

Men

  1. Staffan Tunis FIN 281
  2. Andrey Grigoriev RUS 234
  3. Hans Jørgen Kvåle NOR 218  (5 races)
  4. Erik Rost SWE 214
  5. Lars Hol Moholdt NOR 210
  6. Peter Arnesson SWE 190  (5 races)

Women’s relay

  1. Russia 112
  2. Sweden 98
  3. Finland 76
  4. Norway 43
  5. Switzerland 40
  6. Lithuania 28

Men’s relay

  1. Russia 105
  2. Sweden 93
  3. Finland 76
  4. Switzerland 44
  5. Norway 43
  6. Lithuania 29
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