World Cup 2016 summary

Posted on | October 17, 2016 | Category: News

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Out of 10 counting races, Tove Alexandersson won four victories and Matthias Kyburz won five. Together with a number of second and third positions it was enough for both of them to secure their victories in the World Cup 2016 overall.

The 2016 international orienteering season finished in Aarau, Switzerland with the final World Cup round. The season started in Poland with a World Cup round in late April, which was followed by the European Championships in the Czech Republic and the WOC in Sweden.

After 10 counting events, four of them being Sprint races, it was two runners with previous experience of World Cup titles who won this year’s World Cup overall. In the women’s, Tove Alexandersson won overall for the third year in a row. She ran eight of this year’s events and made it to top three in all of them. Scoring 660 points, she got only 33 more than Judith Wyder, who came second, and kept the excitement to the very last race. Maja Alm in third position had a gap of 170 points up to Tove Alexandersson, finishing the year with 490 points.

In the top 10, Switzerland was as dominant as they were in the final World Cup round. As well as Judith Wyder in second position, Sabine Hauswirth was placed fourth and Julia Gross in eight. The Russians Natalia Gemperle and Svetlana Mironova ran at a stable high level throughout the year and came fifth and sixth respectively.

 

Hubmann and Denmark could not defend their titles

After his overall victories in the World Cup in 2012 and 2013, Matthias Kyburz was third and second in the two following years’ World Cups. This year, he stepped back up on to the throne with 734 points and a clear win. Matthias Kyburz won half of the counting races and showed versatility with a victory in two Sprints, two Middle distances and one Long distance. Daniel Hubmann was second, scoring 427 points, and therefore had to give up on defending his victory from last year and adding the seventh overall World Cup victory to his merits.

The two Nordic countries Sweden and Norway were well represented in the overall standings. Norwegian Olav Lundanes came third with 380 points, approximately 100 points ahead of the two Norwegians Carl Godager Kaas and Magne Daehli in sixth and seventh position. Best from Sweden was Gustav Bergman in an overall fourth position, accompanied by Jonas Leandersson in fifth and Martin Regborn in eighth.

In addition to the individual World Cups, the overall Sprint Relay World Cup was decided in Aarau as well. Three out of four events counted in the overall standings, and before the last round it was tied between Denmark and Switzerland in the top. In the final, Denmark could not defend last year’s triumph after a strong Swiss team won the final race. Sweden finished third overall, followed by Russia in fourth and Norway in fifth.

 

Top 20 in women’s and men’s overall World Cup standings below. Links to the full results in the overall individual World Cup  and the Sprint Relay.

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