World Cup wins for Jansson and Hertner

Posted on | January 6, 2013 | Category: News

Martin Hubmann, Switzerland, was 24th on the Middle Distance.
Photo: D. Teahan

Helena Jansson, Sweden and Fabian Hertner, Switzerland won the first event in the 2013 World Cup, over Middle distance on very technical open beach sand-dune terrain on a hot and sunny day in New Zealand. The Swedish team had a very good day overall, with 5 runners among the fastest 11 in both races.

Helena Jansson, who won the gold medal at Middle distance in the World Championships in France in 2011 and is always very strong on technical terrain, took the 6th World Cup win in her orienteering career by 1.23 ahead of the young Dane Ida Bobach. The experienced Russian Tatyana Riabkina was third, 1.50 down on Helena’s time. Best home performance was by Lizzie Ingham in 21st place, and Australian Grace Crane was 16th.

In the men’s race the winner was the bronze medallist from the 2012 World Championships, Fabian Hertner. He was 0.57 quicker than the young Swede Johan Runesson, remembered for his triple gold tally at the Junior World Championships in 2008. This is 22-year-old Runesson’s best result so far in the senior ranks. Third was another Swede, Jerker Lysell, 1.33 slower than Hertner. Olav Lundanes, Norway was disqualified for mispunching after finishing in the fastest time of the day.

In this race New Zealand got the better of Australia, with Chris Forne the fastest for the home country in 22nd place and Julian Dent the best Australian in 27th.

The Swedish team will be delighted with their start to the season, having five placings in the top eleven in both the women’s and the men’s race, and seven men in the top fifteen. The Swiss men, as expected, also made a strong start with four in the first seven.

The World Cup continues on Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning with two Sprint races, a qualification and a final, in Wellington. Both race areas are rather special and should draw good media attention in the country’s capital: the qualification takes place in and around the New Zealand parliament buildings in the heart of Wellington, and the final is in parkland, ornamental gardens and school grounds around Government House. Parts of both areas normally have restricted access for the public.

Leading results, Middle distance

Women

  1. Helena Jansson SWE 33:31
  2. Ida Bobach DEN 34:54
  3. Tatyana Riabkina RUS 35:21
  4. Tone Wigemyr NOR 35:32
  5. Annika Billstam SWE 35:49
  6. Venla Niemi FIN 35:55

Men

  1. Fabian Hertner SUI 32:58
  2. Johan Runesson SWE 33:55
  3. Jerker Lysell SWE 34:31
  4. Matthias Merz SUI 34:35
  5. William Lind SWE 35:01
  6. Baptiste Rollier SUI 35:13

 

 

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