Keen contests in prospect in MTBO World Cup finals

Posted on | September 18, 2011 | Category: News

There are some keen contests in prospect in the final round of the 2011 MTBO World Cup, which takes place this week in the Leningrad region of Russia. Michaela Gigon, Austria and Marika Hara, Finland are tied in first place going in to the final three individual races, and the lead in the relay competition is shared by Finland and Switzerland.

The women’s competition is particularly tight, with Rikke Kornvig, Denmark also in strong contention for the World Cup crown: she has 310 points against Gigon and Hara’s 313. There is a greater spread in the men’s standings, with Erik Skovgaard Knudsen leading by 26 points from Anton Foliforov, Russia. Samuli Saarela, Finland is also well placed with 5 points fewer than Foliforov.

The finals week starts tomorrow (Monday) with an urban sprint in the city of Vyborg, where the course will include part of the labyrinth of narrow streets in the historic city centre. The remaining races take place out in the forest – the individual middle distance races on Tuesday, men’s and women’s relays on Wednesday and the individual finals, long distance races with mass start, on Friday.

Scores from the men’s and women’s relay races will be added to the scores already achieved in the separate and mixed relays held earlier in the season. Finland and Switzerland lead the relay standings with 46 points, followed by Czech Republic 38, Russia 36 and Denmark 35.

22 nations will be represented in this final week of World Cup competition. Leading results and reports will appear on this website after each race day.

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