Ski Orienteering World Cup: Tomilova and Taivainen head standings

Posted on | January 20, 2010 | Category: News

At the end of the first round of the World Cup held at St. Petersburg, it is Natalya Tomilova, Russia and Olli-Markus Taivainen, Finland who head the overall standings. Tomilova won two of the three individual races, whilst Taivainen had one victory and a second place.

Natalia Tomilova, fourth in the World Cup overall in 2008, has started her season in fine style and leads by 20 points from Olga Novikova, who this year is representing Kazakhstan for the first time. The consistent and very experienced Finn Liisa Anttila is in third place. Finland has a second athlete in the top 6 – Marttiina Joensuu is fifth.

Olli-Markus Taivainen showed impressive skill in all formats of ski orienteering at both junior and senior level last year. In this first round he has done well in all the races except the individual sprint where he finished 11th. His results put him top of the standings ahead of Andrei Lamov, Russia, winner of the long distance race and World Champion in both long and sprint formats, who could well be his strongest challenger as the season progresses. Third is another Russian, Kiril Veselov.

A new Sprint World Cup competition this year is based on both individual and relay events – six in all. Kiril Veselov heads the list with 71 points, closely followed by Olga Novikova (70) and Peter Arnesson (SWE, 68). Russia heads the national Relay standings with 91 points ahead of Finland (81) and Sweden (73).

It was expected that the Russian team would produce good performances on home terrain in the first round. In fourteen days, when the World Cup programme resumes in Bulgaria, we will see if more of the leading ski orienteers from other nations can get into the top placings.

Leading individual standings


1. Natalya Tomilova RUS 160
2. Olga Novikova KAZ 140
3. Liisa Anttila FIN 125
4. Anastasia Kravchenko RUS 113
5. Marttiina Joensuu FIN 89
6. Olga Trifanova RUS 87


1. Olli-Markus Taivainen FIN 135
2. Andrei Lamov RUS 126
3. Kiril Veselov RUS 118
4. Eduard Khrennikov RUS 115
5. Andrey Grigoriev RUS 106
6. Peter Arnesson SWE 104

World Cup standings

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