World MTBO Championships: Relay wins for Finland and Austria

Posted on | August 22, 2015 | Category: News

In the final race of the Championships, an experienced Finland team put in a strong performance to take the Women’s Relay crown, whilst in the men’s race a close finish between the top three teams resulted in a surprise victory for Austria. The Czech Republic takes the Relay World Cup title.

Marika Hara was the star in the Finnish women’s team, coming up from fifth to seventh on the second leg. Susanna Laurila rode strongly on the last leg to come to the finish 1.26 ahead of Russia who were second throughout. Bronze medalists were the Czech team who held third place throughout and were just 6 seconds down on Russia at the finish.

No-one outside their team had considered Austria as potential gold medalists, but Kevin Hasselsberger, Bernhard Schachinger and in particular Andreas Waldmann on last leg had other ideas. Waldmann went out fourth and at the end of an exciting last leg he came to the finish 8 seconds in front of the Russian star Anton Foliforov, with Jussi Laurila of Finland a further 3 seconds back. There was then a gap of 2.40 to the fourth team, the Czechs, who were leading after the first leg.

The race started with one point separating the Czech Republic and France in the Relay World Cup standings. The Czechs had the better day and end up as winners, with France second and Finland third.

In the Junior World MTBO Championships Relay, France took gold in both women’s and men’s classes, by 0.52 and 2.38 respectively.

Leading results 


  1. Finland (Ingrid Stengård, Marika Hara, Susanna Laurila) 128.19
  2. Russia (Tatiana Repina, Anastasiya Bolshova, Svetlana Poverina) 129.45
  3. Czech Republic (Renata Paulickova, Marie Brezinova, Martina Tichovska) 129.51
  4. France 135.17
  5. Denmark 140.48
  6. Lithuania 144.23


  1. Austria (Kevin Haselsberger, Bernhard Schachinger, Andreas Waldmann) 152.15
  2. Russia (Ruslan Gritsan, Valerii Glukhov, Anton Foliforov) 152.23
  3. Finland (Pekka Niemi, Samuli Saarela, Jussi Laurila) 152.26
  4. Czech Republic 155.06
  5. France 155.58
  6. Estonia 162.00

Junior Women

Gold: France; Silver: Russia; Bronze: Sweden

Junior Men

Gold: France; Silver: Russia; Bronze: Finland

Relay World Cup – final standings

  1. Czech Republic 83 points
  2. France 78
  3. Finland 75
  4. Russia 73

Complete standings


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