Nordic Tour: Finland hosts final two races

Posted on | September 6, 2012 | Category: News

The Nordic Orienteering Tour competitors are now in Vuokatti, Finland, preparing for the final two days of World Cup competition this year. The Swiss athletes Simone Niggli and Matthias Kyburz are at the head of the Nordic Tour standings, whilst in the overall World Cup the current leaders are Simone Niggli and Norway’s Olav Lundanes.

Simone has a comfortable lead of just less than 3 minutes over Helena Jansson, Sweden in the Nordic Tour standings, and an even more comfortable one of 165 points over Minna Kauppi, Finland in the World Cup list. Olav Lundanes leads Sprint specialist Matthias Kyburz by 44 points in the World Cup, but the positions are reversed in the Nordic Tour standings with a time difference of 1.27.

Sprint is again the format for Friday. A qualification race for all runners in the morning will be followed in the afternoon by a final for the 30 best in the qualification race. The races take place in Kajaani, a town not far from the World Championships 2013 Event Centre Vuokatti, and the terrain will be mostly urban – ‘streets, alleys and back yards’ according to the event bulletin, with a bit of parkland in the final.

The World Cup Final on Saturday is a prolonged Middle Distance race with chasing start based on the Nordic Tour overall time standings after the first four days. These times will incorporate bonus seconds earned according to placings in earlier races. The first runner to the finish is the Nordic Tour winner. This race has double World Cup points (200 points for the winner); the overall World Cup final results are worked out as the sum of a runner’s best 5 scores from the first 8 World Cup competitions, plus the scores from all the Nordic Tour races.

The World Cup Final will be run on a 150 m high slope covered with old spruce forest and some younger forest with a lot of detail, interspersed with alpine ski slopes, giving variable visibility and runnability. Some of the ground is quite stony. It will be a good taste for the runners of what is to come in next year’s World Championships; the competition area is adjacent to a large area of land embargoed for the Championships.

Leading World Cup positions, 6th September


  1. Simone Niggli SUI 659 points
  2. Minna Kauppi FIN 484
  3. Tatyana Riabkina RUS 416
  4. Judith Wyder SUI 337
  5. Tove Alexandersson SWE 323
  6. Maja Alm DEN 315


  1. Olav Lundanes NOR 568
  2. Matthias Kyburz SUI 524
  3. Matthias Merz SUI 423
  4. Valentin Novikov RUS & Jerker Lysell SWE 261

 6.    Frederic Tranchard FRA 233


Nordic Tour leading positions after 3 races (times include subtracted bonus seconds)


  1. Simone Niggli SUI 55:33
  2. Helena Jansson SWE 58:09
  3. Judith Wyder SUI 58:37
  4. Anne Margrethe Hausken Nordberg NOR 59:40
  5. Minna Kauppi FIN 59:46
  6. Ida Bobach DEN 59:53


  1. Matthias Kyburz SUI 58:31
  2. Olav Lundanes NOR 59:58
  3. Thierry Gueorgiou FRA 1:00:30
  4. Peter Öberg SWE 1:01:11
  5. William Lind SWE 1:02:03
  6. Gustav Bergman SWE 1:02:09


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