World Cup ends with five-race Nordic Orienteering Tour

Posted on | August 29, 2012 | Category: News

The Nordic Orienteering Tour starting on Saturday, the final round of the 2012 World Cup, comprises five races in Norway, Sweden and Finland. The field includes 23 of the 30 highest-placed women in the IOF World Rankings, and 18 of the 30 highest-placed men.

The leading competitors in the World Cup standings are fighting for prize money of 1250€ for first place in the final standings, 900€ for second place and 600€ for third place; placings 4th, 5th and 6th also have prize money. All of these final five races count for the overall World Cup points totals, along with the five best results from the eight World Cup races held so far (which include the World Championships individual finals). In the first four of the Nordic Tour races the winner is awarded 75 points, whilst in the last race the winner gets 200 points.

Current leading standings (best 5 scores) are:

Women

  1. Simone Niggli SUI 500 points (maximum possible)
  2. Minna Kauppi FIN 400
  3. Tatyana Riabkina RUS 300
  4. Maja Alm DEN 270
  5. Tove Alexandersson SWE 256
  6. Annika Billstam SWE 250

Men

  1. Olav Lundanes NOR 425
  2. Matthias Merz SUI 350
  3. Matthias Kyburz SUI 344
  4. Valentin Novikov RUS 261
  5. Edgars Bertuks LAT 217
  6. Jerker Lysell SWE 214

To count for World Cup points, runners have to enter for all races in the Tour. The Tour kicks off in Oslo, with the races to be staged around the well-known Holmenkollen Ski Centre. On Saturday 1st September there will be a Sprint qualification and final, and the following day a shortened Middle Distance race with a winning time of 30 minutes.

Gothenburg is the venue for Day 3 of the Tour on Tuesday 4th September: a Sprint, knock-out style. The race will be held along the north bank of the river, with the finish on the water-side. A qualification race in the morning is followed by semi-finals for the top 24 athletes from the qualification race. These are 3 consecutive mass-start races with a 6-8 minute winning time. The final is for 8 athletes – the two fastest runners from each semi-final and the two runners with the next-best times. The final is similar in nature to the semi-finals.

The last two races in the Tour take place in Vuokatti, Finland on Friday and Saturday, 7th and 8th September, and will serve both as an introduction to the WOC 2013 type of terrain for the runners and as a rehearsal for the WOC 2013 organising teams and TV production. Day 4 is a Sprint qualification and final with individual interval start, and Day 5, the World Cup Final, is a prolonged Middle Distance chasing start (women 40 minutes, men 45 minutes) with the start times based on the NORT overall time standings after 4 days.

Further information on the Nordic Orienteering Tour can be found on the Tour website www.nordicorienteeringtour.com. The IOF website will as usual carry reports, leading results, pictures and interviews on each of the five race days.

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