Posted on | August 28, 2013 | Category: News
From left: Anton Foliforov RUS, Tõnis Erm EST, Samuli Saarela FIN. Photo: Ludomir Parfianowicz
Home rider Tõnis Erm has clearly hit top form at just the right time; today he won his second gold medal in two days, winning the Middle distance race at Mõedaka in Estonia by 5 seconds. The very experienced Marika Hara, Finland, second in the IOF World Rankings before these Championships, took the women’s title.
Erm was pushed hard for his win today; the next 7 in the results list all finished less than 45 seconds slower. Closest was Anton Foliforov, Russia, with Samuli Saarela in bronze medal position a further 7 seconds down. Five different nations took podium places.
Silver medal in the women’s race went to the ever-improving Emily Benham, Great Britain, who was 33 seconds down on the winning time. Susanna Laurila, Finland took the bronze medal with a time 1.58 slower than Marika Hara’s.
From left: Emily Benham GBR, Marika Hara FIN, Susanna Laurila FIN. Photo: Ludomir Parfianowicz
In the Junior Championships, Svetlana Poverina, Russia, won the women’s title by the extremely impressive margin at Middle distance of 3 minutes and 37 seconds. The men’s title, as in the Sprint, was won by Cedric Beill, France, today by 22 seconds.
Tomorrow (Thursday) is a rest day, and the Championship races resume on Friday with the Relay, where the arena and competition area – “suburban forest” – is at the Event Centre in Rakvere.
Leading results – Middle distance
- Marika Hara FIN 39:31
- Emily Benham GBR 40:04
- Susanna Laurila FIN 41:29
- Olga Vinogradova RUS 41:33
- Tatiana Repina RUS 42:26
- Cecilia Thomasson SWE 42:49
- Tõnis Erm EST 47:41
- Anton Foliforov RUS 47:46
- Samuli Saarela FIN 47:53
- Ruslan Gritsan RUS 47:59
- Luca Dallavalle ITA 48:09
- Hans Jørgen Kvåle NOR & Jussi Laurila FIN 48:15
Junior World Championships – Middle distance medallists
Gold – Svetlana Poverina RUS
Silver – Henna Saarinen FIN
Bronze – Ruska Saarela FIN
Gold – Cedric Beill FRA
Silver – Vojtech Ludvik CZE
Bronze – Oskar Sandberg SWE|| Print page ||