Sunday, July 20, 2014

MTB orienteering World Cup 2014: Sprint victories to Malsroos and Benham



The MTB orienteering World Cup 2014's second round continued yesterday morning with the dispute of the Sprint race. With the portuguese Davide Machado, João Ferreira, Carlos Simões and Daniel Marques improving their results relatively to the first day, Lauri Malsroos and Emily Benham were the big winners.


The surroundings of the University of Kristianstad, in southern Sweden, was the scenery of the Sprint that filled the program of yesterday in the second round of the MTB orienteering World Cup 2014. A step that included the participation of 76 men and 39 women and that is integrated in the O-Ringen, a major event in Golden Jubilee year.

In the male sector, the attentions goes to the victory of Estonian Lauri Malsroos (in the photo), with the time of 22:33 and a comfortable lead of 30 seconds over second-placed, the Norwegian Hans Jørgen Kvåle. Vice-World Champion in Sprint and 9th placed at the IOF's World Ranking, Malsroos reached the first victory of his career ever, in stages counting to the MTB orienteering World Cup. In the women class, the British Emily Benham returned to be at her best, repeating the triumph of Middle Distance staged held yesterday, beating now the Finnish Ingrid Stengard by a tight margin of three seconds. The bronze medal stayed at home, on Cecilia Thomasson's chest.


Less technical but not so easy”

Among the Portuguese, mention to the 24th place of Davide Machado, 3:23 behind the winner. Like Machado, also Carlos Simões, João Ferreira and Daniel Marques improved their standings in relation to yesterday, ending respectively at 30th, 33rd and 42nd positions. For the Portuguese Orienteering Blog, João Ferreira talks about a map “less technical but not so easy”, with the course developing between “a very interesting and difficult urban area and a forest area, on open land mostly, and uninteresting”, according to the words of the athlete.

Regarding his performance, João Ferreira shows up a little bit disappointed: “It was below my expectations and I lost about 1:30 in the overall of three controls. I wanted a top-20 but ended up in 33rd place, away from my personal goals, but managing nonetheless a few more points to join those who already have in the World Cup”. Talking about his team mates, João Ferreira said: “Carlos Simoes went well on the map, but in the urban part he lose some time on hesitations which ultimately reflect the final score. Davide Machado lost about three minutes to controls 5 and 6, which ultimately dictate the final outcome away from the top-20 who was his personal goal. Daniel Marques made a regular race improving the outcome of yesterday. Guilherme Marques start badly in the map, wasting enough time. Finally, Inácio Serralheiro accused the fatigue from the previous day and failed to provide a course at his level. And the final words: “We have now the Long Distance race that ends this round of the World Cup, here in Sweden. We are all motivated and hopeful to achieve better results.”


Results

Men

1. Lauri Malsroos (Estonia) 22:33
2. Hans Jørgen Kvåle (Norway) 23:03 (+ 00:30)
3. Jiri Hradil (Czech Republic) 23:12 (+ 0:39)
4. Tõnis Erm (Estonia) 23:15 (+ 00:42)
5. Jussi Laurila (Finland) 23:40 (+ 01:07)
6. Ruslan Gritsan (Russia) 23:42 (+ 01:09)
7. Jan Svoboda (Czech Republic) 23:49 (+ 1:16)
8. Luca Dallavalle (Italy) 24:19 (+ 01:46)
9. Valerii Glukhov (Russia) 24:24 (+ 01:51)
10. Martin Sevcik (Czech Republic) 00:37 (+ 2:04)
(...)
24. Davide Machado (Portugal) 25:56 (+ 3:23)
30. Carlos Simões (Portugal) 26:45 (+ 4:12)
33. João Ferreira (Portugal) 26:48 (+ 4:15)
42. Daniel Marques (Portugal) 27:57 (+ 5:24)
64. Guilherme Marques (Portugal) 30:56 (+ 8:23)
72. Inácio Serralheiro (Portugal) 44:41 (22:08 +)

Women

1. Emily Benham (Great Britain) 21:16
2. Ingrid Stengard (Finland) 21:19 (+ 00:03)
3. Cecilia Thomasson (Sweden) 21:33 (+ 00:17)
4. Svetlana Poverina (Russia) 21:51 (+ 00:35)
5. Hanna Garde (France) 22:24 (+ 1:08)
6. Camilla Sogaard (Denmark) 22:47 (+ 01:31)
7. Marika Hara (Finland) 23:11 (+ 01:55)
8. Renata Paulickova (Czech Republic) 23:15 (+ 1:59)
9. Susanna Laurila (Finland) 23:22 (+ 02:06)
10. Martina Tichovska (Czech Republic) 23:27 (+ 2:11)

Everything to follow at http://www.oringen.se/worldcup.

[Archive photo]

Joaquim Margarido

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