World MTB Orienteering Championships: Four world champions from four different countries so far

Posted on | August 27, 2008 | Category: News

The MTB-WOC in Poland kicked off with sprint distance on Monday. In the women’s class, the sprint bronze medallist from 2007, Hana Bajtosova (SVK), won by four seconds over Michaela Gigon (AUT), who also took silver on the same distance last year. Martina Tichovska, from last year’s host country Czech Republic, got bronze. Men’s winner Lasse Brun Pedersen from Denmark was 33 seconds faster than the silver medallist from Czech Republic, Jiri Hradil. Tonis Erm (EST) finished third.

On the middle distance, the World Champion from 2007, Ksenia Chernuh, was the fastest this year as well, and Michaela Gigon got her second silver medal in these competitions. Gigon was also second in the World Rankings before the World Championships. Päivi Tommola (FIN) finished third on Tuesday. Adrian Jackson (AUS), third on the World Ranking List, won men’s middle distance before Soren Strunge (DEN) and Lubomir Tomecek (CZE).

In the first Junior World MTB Orienteering Championships, the gold and silver medals in the sprint and middle distance were divided between Russia and Czech Republic. In the sprint, the strongest were Tatiana Repina (RUS) and Frantisek Bogar (CZE). The sprint silver medallists, Hana Hancikova (CZE) and Valeriy Glukhov (RUS), won the middle distance on Tuesday. Irina Laneva (RUS) and Marek Pospisek (CZE) finished second.

The competitions continue today with the long distance qualification race. On Friday, the athletes will compete in the long distance final and on Saturday in the relay.

To view the complete results, please go to MTB-WOC or MTB-JWOC

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