MTBO Sprint wins for Marika Hara and Grigory Medvedev

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

2017 World Sprint Champions are Marika Hara, Finland and Grigory Medvedev, Russia. Both won convincingly in the very detailed terrain near the centre of Vilnius. Emily Benham and Krystof Bogar are this year’s World Cup winners.

The race was in two parts: physically demanding in the early stages with hills and forest, followed by really fast urban areas and parkland with many route choices. There were plenty of mistakes being made and a cool head was needed to have a clean ride. In the women’s race, Olga Shipilova-Vinogradova, Russia was the fastest through radio controls 1 and 2, then Marika Hara was the best through to the finish. At radio 4 Hara was still being closely challenged by Emily Benham, Great Britain who was just 5 seconds down, but then Benham made a mistake in the maze of paths around control 22 costing her some 50 seconds. She was still fast enough to beat Shipilova-Vinogradova, however, who also made mistakes in the complex terrain.

L to r Emily Benham GBR, Marika Hara FIN & Olga Shipilova-Vinogradova RUS  Photos: Hans Jørgen Kvåle

The men’s race was dominated by Medvedev who caught up the previous starter Jussi Laurila, Finland at about the half-way point, and from that point they were more or less together. This is Medvedev’s first World Championships gold; his previous best was fifth in both the Long Distance and the Mass Start race. Lauri Malsroos, Estonia finished strongly to take the bronze medal. Last year’s champion, the Russian Anton Foliforov, was also racing for a medal position for much of the race but finished 14 seconds too slow in fourth place.

Jussi Laurila, Grigory Medvedev & Lauri Malsroos

Leading results, Sprint


  1. Marika Hara FIN 24:34
  2. Emily Benham GBR 25:33
  3. Olga Shipilova-Vinogradova RUS 25:54
  4. Antonia Haga FIN 26:04
  5. Algirda Zaliauskaitė LTU 26:14

6= Hana Garde FRA & Gabrielė Andrašiūnienė  26:37


  1. Grigory Medvedev RUS 22:57
  2. Jussi Laurila FIN 23:57
  3. Lauri Malsroos EST 24:05
  4. Anton Foliforov RUS 24:18

5= Baptiste Fuchs FRA & Radek Laciga CZE  24:31

Junior women: Gold, Constance Devillers FRA by 0.25; Silver, Viktorija Michnovič LTU; Bronze, Daria Sevbo RUS

Junior men: Gold, Yuri Balev RUS by 0.41; Silver, Samson Deriaz FRA; Bronze Juha Lilja FIN


Emily Benham and Krystof Bogar win World Cup overall

This race was the climax to a very successful World MTBO Championships in Lithuania, and rounds off the international MTBO season. Emily Benham takes the overall crown in the World Cup for yet another year, winning 5 of the 10 races and finishing second twice and third once. The Czech rider Krystof Bogar takes the men’s crown with 2 wins and 3 third places. The full list of World Cup scores can be found on – click on World Cup at the top of the home page.

Leading World Cup scores:


  1. Emily Benham GBR 445 points
  2. Martina Tichovska CZE 400
  3. Olga Shipilova-Vinogradova RUS 342
  4. Gaelle Barlet FRA 328
  5. Marika Hara FIN 291
  6. Ingrid Stengard FIN 270


  1. Krystof Bogar CZE 343
  2. Anton Foliforov RUS 322
  3. Jussi Laurila FIN 307
  4. Baptiste Fuchs FRA 298
  5. Luca Dallavalle ITA 296
  6. Ruslan Gritsan RUS 296

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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