MTB Orienteering World Cup: clean sweep for Benham

Posted on | July 20, 2014 | Category: News

Three races, three victories: that is Emily Benham’s haul from this weekend’s World Cup races in Skåne, Sweden. The Great Britain rider has proved herself to be master of all three formats – Sprint, Middle and Long. Russia’s Anton Foliforov had a second win in the Long Distance race today – he also won the Middle race.

Susanna Laurila, Finland had the closest time to Emily’s at the end of the 30.9 km course. She was 48 seconds slower, and there was then a big gap to the third-placed rider, Martina Tichovska, Czech Republic who was 3.43 down on the winning time.

Foliforov’s win was by 1.52, and there was a close fight for second place between Jan Svoboda, Czech Republic and Pekka Niemi, Finland, the former getting ahead by just 4 seconds. The men’s race was over 40.2 km with 150 m climb.

Overall it was a good day for the Finnish team, who had four in the top six in the women’s race and three in the top six in the men’s.

The next time the world’s MTB orienteering elite get together is for the World MTB Orienteering Championships, which will take place at Bialystok, Poland from 24th to 30th August. The Junior and World Masters Championships, and the European Youth Cup (for classes M/W 17), will be held in conjunction with the World Championships.

Leading results, Long Distance


  1. Emily Benham GBR 1:24:40
  2. Susanna Laurila FIN 1:25:28
  3. Martina Tichovska CZE 1:28:23
  4. Marika Hara FIN 1:28:48

5=  Ingrid Stengård FIN & Eeva-Liisa Hakala FIN 1:29:57


  1. Anton Foliforov RUS 1:37:23
  2. Jan Svoboda CZE 1:39:15
  3. Pekka Niemi FIN 1:39:19
  4. Juho Saarinen FIN 1:39:26
  5. Lauri Malsroos EST 1:39:38
  6. Jussi Laurila FIN 1:40:13
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