2017 MTBO season: who were the best riders and teams?

Posted on | August 26, 2017 | Category: Arena, News

Emily Benham and Krystof Bogar have had the most individual success; Russia heads the World Championships points table; the Relay World Cup was won by the Czech Republic.

Emily Benham, Great Britain and Olga Shipilova-Vinogradova, Russia both won 4 individual World Championship medals, with Benham the most successful with 2 golds, 1 silver and 1 bronze.  Awarding 3 points for a gold, 2 for a silver and 1 for a bronze, Benham has 9 points and Shipilova-Vinogradova has 7, so Emily Benham gets the title of ‘Queen of the Championships’. Next most successful rider overall was Martina Tichovska, Czech Republic with 2 silver medals (4 points).

No other rider in the whole Championships scored more than 3 points, but those with 3 points included five gold medallists, an indication of the breadth of talent these days in MTBO.

Combining these results with the European Championships and World Cup Round 1 earlier in the year, Emily Benham and Krystof Bogar are the World Cup winners overall, Benham with a lead of 45 points and Bogar 21 points in front. This is Benham’s fourth overall victory in successive years, after three years with Marika Hara (Finland) at the top. See the last WMTBOC report for a list of the leading positions, and www.orienteering.org (click in the top right corner of the Home Page) for the full list of final World Cup standings.

L to r Martina Tichovska CZE, Emily Benham GBR, Olga Shipilova-Vinogradova RUS, the three best women this season, at the WMTBOC Long Distance flower ceremony.   Photo: Hans Jørgen Kvåle

In the Junior WMTBOC, Veronika Kubinova, Czech Republic won 2 gold medals and a bronze, and the Lithuanian Viktorija Michnovič was also successful with a gold, a silver and a bronze. Thomas Steinthal, Denmark was the best of the junior men with 2 gold medals and 1 silver, and Samson Deriaz, France won 1 gold and 1 silver.

Russia’s individual WMTBOC medal haul – 2 gold, 3 silver and 4 bronze – gives Russia top position in the WMTBOC nations medals table. Adding in the Relays gives the following list:

Russia 18 points

Czech Republic 12

Finland 10

Great Britain 9

Denmark, France and Italy 3

Estonia and Switzerland 1

Thanks go to the Lithuanian organisers for a very fine week of competitions in and around the capital Vilnius.


The Relay World Cup, including races in each World Cup round, was won by the Czech Republic with 90 points. Finland was second with 71 and France was third with 68. Russia also ended with 68 points, placed fourth because France had a second place in the WMTBOC Relay whilst Russia’s best was third. Lithuania placed fifth (63) and Denmark sixth (57). The full list of scores is on the MTBO World Cup page on the IOF website (see above).

Next year the European Championships are in Hungary at the end of June and the World Championships in Austria in early August, with Round 3 of the World Cup in Portugal in the autumn.

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