World Cup: Exciting middle distance in Zurich

Posted on | September 26, 2009 | Category: News

Today’s women’s race has set up a fantastic sprint competition tomorrow, with three runners having an almost equal chance of taking the overall World Cup title. Only 8 points separate the top three in the women’s World Cup standings after today’s middle distance race. In the men’s class, World Cup leader Daniel Hubmann won convincingly, and most likely secured the overall victory.

Marianne Andersen, Norway, best-placed to take the title prior to this weekend, finished only 9th on the complex and at times hilly terrain near Zurich. The 33 points thus gained put her in the overall lead ahead of the final race tomorrow, but by just 3 points. The race winner today was home runner Simone Niggli by 8 seconds, and this win puts her into second place overall. The third contender for the top prize is Helena Jansson, Sweden who finished in second place today, giving her a points score 5 below that of Simone.

The men’s race today was won convincingly by Daniel Hubmann, with his nearest contender in the overall standings, Thierry Gueorgiou, finishing sixth. So the points difference between the two is now 75, possibly enough to ensure overall victory for Hubmann. Second in today’s race was Mikhail Mamleev, Italy and third was Sweden’s David Andersson.

Leading results
Women
1) Simone Niggli SUI 35:12
2) Helena Jansson SWE 35:20
3) Dana Brozkova CZE 35:55
4) Lea Müller SUI 36:16
5) Kajsa Nilsson SWE 36:20
6) Anne Margrethe Hausken NOR 36:55

9) Marianne Andersen NOR 37:42

Men
1) Daniel Hubmann SUI 31:50
2) Mikhail Mamleev ITA 32:38
3) David Andersson SWE 32:53
4) Baptiste Rollier SUI 33:09
5) David Schneider SUI 33:19
6) Thierry Gueorgiou FRA 33:21

World Cup Standings after today’s race

Women
1) Marianne Andersen NOR 433
2) Simone Niggli SUI 430
3) Helena Jansson SWE 425
4) Minna Kauppi FIN 420 (not running this weekend – injured)
5) Dana Brozkova CZE 250
6) Anne Margrethe Hausken NOR 242

Men
1) Daniel Hubmann SUI 480
2) Thierry Gueorgiou FRA 405
3) Peter Öberg SWE 320
4) Anders Nordberg NOR 251
5) Emil Wingstedt SWE 246
6) Matthias Merz SUI 242

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