World MTBO Championships: second gold for Saarela

Posted on | August 25, 2011 | Category: News

Samuli Saarela, Finland won his second gold medal of the Championships in the middle distance race today. He again won convincingly, this time by almost 3 minutes. The women’s gold went to the very experienced Michaela Gigon, Austria, who was silver medallist at this distance last year.

Ruslan Gritsan, Russia was Saarela’s closest challenger on a warm day where the course of 13.3 km with 350 metres climb was more physically than technically demanding for many of those taking part. Twelve seconds separated third and sixth placings, Tobias Breitschädel, Austria being the fastest of the group and taking the bronze medal. The Russian team did well with three placings in the top six.

Michaela Gigon’s victory was by 15 seconds on the 11.0 km course ahead of Anna Kaminska, Poland who achieved her best-ever Championships result. The long distance World Champion, Rikke Kornvig, took the bronze medal today with a race time 62 seconds slower than Gigon’s.

Junior World Champions at middle distance are Svetlana Poverina, Russia, repeating her long distance success, and Krystof Bogar, Czech Republic.

The Championships continue tomorrow with the relays.

Leading results
1. Michaela Gigon AUT 58:02
2. Anna Kaminska POL 58:17
3. Rikke Kornvig DEN 59:04
4. Ingrid Stengard FIN 60:11
5. Anna Füzy HUN 61:03
6. Christine Schaffner SUI 61:23

1. Samuli Saarela FIN 55:56
2. Ruslan Gritsan RUS 58:42
3. Tobias Breitschädel AUT 59:37
4. Anton Foliforov RUS 59:45
5. Jiri Hradil CZE 59:47
6. Valeriy Glukhov RUS 59:49

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