European MTBO Championships: Middle golds for Great Britain and Russia

Posted on | June 18, 2013 | Category: News

Valeriy Glukhov finishing to a victory in the men’s race. Photo: Laszlo Zentai

It was first-time gold medals at this level of competition for both of today’s winners: Emily Benham from Great Britain, IOF World Ranked number 9, and Valeriy Glukhov from Russia who is 11th in the rankings. Both had quite convincing victories over their nearest rivals.

Emily Benham’s previous best ride was her silver medal placing in the Sprint at last year’s World Championships in Hungary. Today she out-paced and out-thought all the opposition to win by 2 minutes and 13 seconds. Her closest challenger was the Swede Cecilia Thomasson, and Ingrid Stengård from Finland took third place a further 1:11 down. Six different nations were represented on the podium after the race.

In the men’s race there were two Russians and two Czech riders in the top six. Valeriy Glukhov won by 1:38 with the experienced Pekka Niemi, Finland, getting the silver medal. Bronze medallist was the equally experienced Jiři Hradil, Czech Republic, who was 15 seconds slower than Niemi.

Tomorrow morning the relay event will be held.

Leading results, Middle distance


  1. Emily Benham GBR 47:43
  2. Cecilia Thomasson SWE 49:56
  3. Ingrid Stengård FIN 51:07
  4. Ksenia Chernykh RUS 51:33
  5. Michaela Gigon AUT 51:38
  6. Laura Scaravonati ITA 51:54


  1. Valeriy Glukhov RUS 49:53
  2. Pekka Niemi FIN 51:31
  3. Jiři Hradil CZE 51:46
  4. Marek Pospišek CZE 52:15
  5. Tõnis Erm EST 53:12
  6. Ruslan Gritsan RUS 53:29
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