2004 World Cup – Final Round in Germany

Posted on | October 18, 2004 | Category: News

One hundred and eight athletes representing nineteen nations will be competing in Dresden, Germany this week in the 2004 World Cup Finals. Who will be crowned World Cup Champions for 2004?

There are two clear leaders in the women’s class, Simone Niggli-Luder (Switzerland) with 150 points and Hanne Staff (Norway) with 145; Simone was World Cup champion in 2002 and second to Hanne Staff in 2000, so in Hanne’s final appearances at international level before retirement, she will be going all out for success. Karolina A Höjsgaard (Sweden), who won gold and silver medals in the World Championships last month, is in third place with 129 points.

There are also two clear leaders in the men’s class, with Thierry Gueorgiou (France) in front with 136 points and Emil Wingstedt (Sweden) just 4 points behind. Neither runner is a previous World Cup winner. Holger Hott Johansen (Norway) is in third place with 22 points fewer than Wingstedt, but just ahead of a clutch of runners: there are six others within 10 points of Johansen.

The programme starts on Tuesday 19th October with the sprint qualification and final races in Dresden. The final will take place in the afternoon in a park and woodland area surrounding 3 ancient castles overlooking the River Elbe, and on the steep slopes with vineyards and terraces running down to the river. The middle distance final is on Thursday, much of it on the site of an old military training area with the remains of trenches, shooting ranges and other earthworks in the forest. The long distance final, where the leading runners will be fighting for the overall World Cup medals, is on Saturday in a forested area dominated by two large sandstone hills with a wealth of rock detail including crags and towers.

The last event of the week is on Sunday: the relay final, in the same terrain as the long distance final. For the men, Finland and Norway both have 20 points with Denmark and Russia just behind on 17 and Sweden on 15. Sweden leads the women’s points table with 20, followed by Finland and Norway on 17 and Russia on 15. So several nations have the chance of winning the season’s relay gold medals, and two very close and exciting races can be anticipated.

The full list of current individual and relay World Cup standings can be found on the World Cup Web Portal on the IOF website. The individual points table will be updated after each final, and full reports of the races will also be found here. For full information about the week’s programme, including lists of the runners entered, refer to the World Cup website www.world-cup2004.de.

World Cup Finals Programme

Tuesday 19 October: a.m. sprint qualification, p.m. sprint final
Wednesday 20 October: middle distance qualification
Thursday 21 October: middle distance final
Saturday 23 October: long distance final
Sunday 24 October: relay final

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