World MTB Orienteering Championships: Michaela Gigon back at her best

Posted on | July 13, 2010 | Category: News

The very experienced Austrian rider Michaela Gigon failed to win an individual gold medal at last year’s MTBO World Championships, her best being a silver medal at middle distance, but she went one better in today’s middle distance final with victory by 31 seconds over Rikke Kornvig, Denmark. Bronze medallist was last year’s middle distance champion Marika Hara, Finland. Anna Kaminska, Poland, gold medallist in sprint on Sunday, was placed fourth today.

The women’s course of 14.9 km and 435 m climb proved gruelling, with the winning time being more than 8 minutes more than estimated.

Adrian Jackson, Australia had clearly set his sights on taking all the individual gold medals this year; last year he won sprint and long distance golds but was down in 5th place at middle distance. But today he had to settle for the silver medal, beaten by 40 seconds by Samuli Saarela, Finland. Third place today went to Luca Dallavalle, Italy who was almost 3 minutes slower than Jackson. In this race, over 20.1 km with 590 m climb, the course planner’s estimate was exceeded by 11½ minutes.

Because of a wrongly placed control, both women’s and men’s JWOC classes were declared void, and a replacement middle distance race will be run tomorrow (Wednesday).

The MTBO World Championships continue at Montelegre, Portugal tomorrow with the long distance qualification.

Preliminary leading results
Women
1) Michaela Gigon AUT 1:00:39
2) Rikke Kornvig DEN 1:10:12
3) Marika Hara FIN 1:01:53
4) Anna Kaminska POL 1:02:45
5) Christine Schaffner SUI 1:02:56
6) Anke Dannowski GER 1:03:26

Men
1) Samuli Saarela FIN 1:06:34
2) Adrian Jackson AUS 1:07:14
3) Luca Dallavalle ITA 1:10:02
4) Ruslan Gritsan RUS 1:10:10
5) Valeriy Glukhov RUS 1:10:33
6) Clement Souvray FRA 1:10:44

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