Started today, in an official way, the World Masters MTB Orienteering Championships 2015. Along the streets and sidewalks of Penha Garcia, athletes from 21 countries competed for the world titles in Sprint, showing that the art of biking is for every age. Among the many athletes climbing to the podium, a special word to the Portuguese Susana Pontes, silver medallist in W40 class, and to Monica Aguilera, offering to Spain the first gold medal ever in an event of this level.
Sharing the attentions with this major event which is the European MTB Orienteering Championships 2015, the World Masters 2015 took today its first “serious” competition. For the Sprint race titles at Penha Garcia, in the municipality of Idanha-a-Nova, lined up in the start a total of 146 athletes spread over 15 competition classes, between 40 and 79 years old.
Reviewing the Hall of Fame of this particular competition, we can find here the Danish Lasse Brun Pedersen, World Champion in Sprint (2008 and 2009) or the Swiss Beat Oklé, mainstay of Swiss MTB Orienteering since the first World Championships (Fontainebleau, 2002), as the Finnish Risto Orpana, the British Charlie Somers-Cocks or the German Harald Maennel, constant presences on the highest steps of the podium since the first edition of the World Masters in Gdansk, Poland (2010) .
Monica Aguilera gives historical gold to Spain
Looking to the results, a particular attention to the gold medal won by Monica Aguilera in W40 class, the first of Spain ever in a World MTB Orienteering Championships. In this class, the second place was awarded to the Portuguese Susana Pontes, improving clearly the bronze medal achieved in the previous three editions of the World Masters Championships, all of it in the distance of Sprint. Reference also to the tight victory of Beat Oklé over the British Killian Lomas in M45 class, for just 10 seconds apart while in the opposite direction the “fatest” victory belonged to the Swiss Monika Bonafini, in the W60 class, with a lead of 7:06 over the second classified, the British Caroline Dallimore. A note still for the Australian Carolyn Jackson, World Champion in Sprint for the third year in a row.
At the end of this first day, the Board of Medals of the World Masters MTB Orienteering Championships 2015 shows the presence of 14 countries and a total of 41 medals distributed. France, with three gold medals, one silver and one bronze heads this table, followed by Denmark with two gold medals, four silver and four bronze and Australia and Switzerland, ex-aequo, with two gold medals and one bronze medal each.
1. Lasse Brun Pedersen (Denmark) 18:59
2. Peter Reibert Hansen (Denmark) 20:29
3. Andrew Windrum (Great Britain) 21:13
1. Monica Aguilera (Spain) 21:12
2. Susana Pontes (Portugal) 23:32
3. Katja Brunstedt (Denmark) 26:42
1. Beat Oklé (Switzerland) 20:27
2. Killian Lomas (Britain) 20:37
3. Andy Conn (Great Britain) 21:36
1. Aurelie Villar (France) 22:26
2. Erzsébet Penzes (Hungary) 26:19
3. Tamsin Barnes (Australia) 29:07
1. Joël Poirette (France) 20:51
2. Stefan Kilberg (Sweden) 22:01
3. Patric Ostergard (Finland) 22:30
1. Carolyn Jackson (Australia) 19:31
2. Elizabeth Clayton (Great Britain) 21:54
3. Charlotte Bergmann (Denmark) 22:01
1. Jean-Charles Lalevee (France) 19:07
2. Denaix Michel (France) 22:44
3. Laus Seir Hansen (Denmark) 23:41
1. Charlie Somers-Cocks (Great Britain) 18:17
2. Tove Andersen (Denmark) 23:35
3. Marie Mateo (France) 27:29
1. Harald Maennel (Germany) 16:13
2. Joergen Nielsen (Denmark) 17:06
3. Nick Dallimore (Great Britain) 17:21
1. Monika Bonafini (Switzerland) 18:31
2. Caroline Dallimore (Great Britain) 25:37
3. Ing-Marie Andrén (Sweden) 28:35
1. Risto Orpana (Finland) 17:54
2. Keld Johnsen (Denmark) 19:00
3. Walter Rahm (Switzerland) 19:03
1. Birgit Hausner (Denmark) 25:47
2. Licia Kalcich (Italy) 26:38
3. Denise Harper (Great Britain) 28:37
1. Privett Leigh (Australia) 20:30
2. Wolf Eberle (Austria) 21:55
3. Per Allen Pedersen (Denmark) 22:20
1. Yett Gelderman (New Zealand) 41:49
1. Herbert Lackner (Austria) 30:42
Full results and other information at http://mtbo15.fpo.pt/.
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