World Cup Final in Zurich

Posted on | September 25, 2009 | Category: News

Who will take overall victory in the World Cup this year? That question will be decided this weekend when the two final events take place in and around Zurich, Switzerland. Both races count for World Cup points, along with a competitor’s best 5 of the 7 races held so far.

A battle between world champions

A fascinating battle can be anticipated between home runner Daniel Hubmann, World Champion at Long Distance, and Thierry Gueorgiou of France, Middle Distance World Champion. Hubmann leads Gueorgiou by 15 points in the current standings, but with 100 points for a win, 80 points for second place and 60 for third, this situation can rapidly change. Current third overall is Sweden’s Peter Öberg, but with 76 points fewer than Hubmann he may not find it possible to advance on that position.

Kauppi’s absence opens doors for others

Minna Kauppi, Finland, current leader in the women’s standings, is injured and sadly will not be taking part this weekend. Second to her is Marianne Andersen, Norway, who leads third-placed Helena Jansson, Sweden by 55 points. Andersen won two silver individual medals in the World Championships in Hungary and will be aiming to be at the top this time after Sunday’s race. But there is another contender for the title – no less than Simone Niggli, newly-crowned Long Distance World Champion, who on home ground will for sure be out to prove that her come-back after childbirth is complete. Niggli has just 15 points fewer than Jansson in the standings.

Saturday’s race is at Middle Distance, in complex and in parts hilly forest terrain with very varied runnability. The 40 runners with the highest World Cup standings run last, starting in reverse order (leader starts last).

Sprint in the centre of Zurich

The final race on Sunday is the annual PostFinance Sprint, which this year will be held in the heart of Zurich city and in the historic old town on a festival day when the whole centre of Zurich will be traffic-free. This area of Zurich is completely new for orienteering, and a very large crowd of spectators can be expected. The participants in each class will be the 40 highest-placed competitors in the World Cup standings after Saturday’s race.

Reports and leading results will be found on the IOF website and World Cup portal after each race.

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