World Cup victories for Engström and Tunis

Posted on | March 25, 2012 | Category: News

Josefine Engström, Sweden and Staffan Tunis, Finland are this year’s overall winners in the Ski Orienteering World Cup. Both finished the season in the most emphatic way possible by winning their classes in the Final, an ultra-long distance race with winning times of over 2 hours for the women and 2½ hours for the men, by more than 2 minutes.

Engström’s closest challenger, the junior Tove Alexandersson, was third today and finishes in second place overall, 60 points fewer than Engström. However she has had one race fewer than the maximum number counting – best 10 out of the 12 – so this is a very creditable result indeed. Averaged over 9 races their score is the same. Third in the final overall standings is Russia’s Polina Malchikova.

One curiosity of the women’s race was that the first three finished in the same positions as in the previous day’s Middle race, and the fifth- and sixth-placed in the Middle finished fourth and fifth today.

Staffan Tunis, a disappointing sixth in the Middle race, was a clear winner today. “I like it when the going gets tough”, he says, and today it certainly was tough after new snow had fallen overnight. His winning time was 154:51 –  9 seconds quicker than the course planner’s estimate! This was on a 34.7 km course, shortest skiable distance 46.8 km, with 780 metres of climb. Today’s second place went to another Finn, Janne Häkkinen, 2.08 behind, and the improving Bulgarian Stanimir Belomazhev was third. The next three to finish were all contenders for the overall title: Peter Arnesson, Andrey Grigoriev and Erik Rost. In the final standings they finished in this order behind Tunis.

The final World Cup standings in full – Individual, Sprint and Relay – can be viewed by clicking on the Ski Orienteering World Cup logo on the right-hand side of the IOF home page.

 

Top three in final standings

Women

  1. Josefine Engström SWE 595
  2. Tove Alexandersson SWE 535
  3. Polina Malchikova RUS 452

 Men

  1. Staffan Tunis FIN 537
  2. Peter Arnesson SWE 492
  3. Andrey Grigoriev RUS 479

 

Leading results – ultra-long distance race

Women

  1. Josefine Engström SWE 121:05
  2. Marte Reenaas NOR 123:44
  3. Tove Alexandersson SWE 124:17
  4. Marjut Turunen FIN 125:49
  5. Tatyana Mendel RUS 127:13
  6. Milka Leppäsalmi FIN 127:43

Men

  1. Staffan Tunis FIN 154:51
  2. Janne Häkkinen FIN 156:59
  3. Stanimir Belomazhev BUL 157:21
  4. Peter Arnesson SWE 157:55
  5. Andrey Grigoriev RUS 159:12
  6. Erik Rost SWE 159:21

 

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