World Cup in Latvia: Middle Distance wins for Gemperle and Lundanes

Posted on | August 25, 2017 | Category: Arena, News

Natalia Gemperle, Russia and Olav Lundanes, Norway are the clear winners of today’s Middle Distance race in the forests close to Cēsis, Latvia.

The courses were technically demanding in forest that was often slow and many mistakes were made, not least by World Cup leaders Tove Alexandersson, Sweden and Daniel Hubmann, Switzerland who finished fifth and seventh respectively. Alexandersson lost nearly 2 minutes on leg 3-4 through heading way off line to a track to the north, dropping 20 places, and also had problems in the circle at number 8. Hubmann was 1.49 down after 3.6 km and this stretched to 2.24 by the end.

No such problems for Natalia Gemperle, who had a slow start (15th after 1.4 km) but was fastest throughout after that. Anastasia Rudnaya, Russia, was a surprising leader overall in the middle section and at one point looked a possible winner, but she lost 1 minute in a tight group of controls just before the end. Sabine Hauswirth, Switzerland, ran a steady race and finished second, 25 seconds down, and third was Marika Teini, Finland, a further 26 seconds down.

In the men’s race Olav Lundanes was fastest from 3.6 km onwards, with Matthias Kyburz, second fastest throughout but only 5 seconds down after 4.1 km, losing 40 seconds in the next kilometre on the course. The margin at the end was 0.44. Martin Regborn, Sweden challenged early but lost 1 minute at 3.6 km, a deficit which stayed much the same to the end. It was his compatriot Gustav Bergman who came though best of the strong Swedish contingent, finishing third, 1.16 down on Lundanes. Sweden ended with three in the top six.

Next up is the Relay, using the same arena and terrain although the area of terrain to be used is much larger. Follow all the action on IOF LiveCenter!

Leading results, Middle Distance


  1. Natalia Gemperle RUS 38:56
  2. Sabine Hauswirth SUI 39:21
  3. Marika Teini FIN 39:47
  4. Helena Bergman SWE 39:51
  5. Tove Alexandersson SWE 39:53
  6. Anastasia Rudnaya RUS 39:56


  1. Olav Lundanes NOR 35:57
  2. Matthias Kyburz SUI 36:41
  3. Gustav Bergman SWE 37:13
  4. Martin Regborn SWE 37:16
  5. Fredric Portin FIN 38:11
  6. Johan Runesson SWE 38:18
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