Thursday, August 04, 2016

MTB Orienteering World Cup 2016: Updated standings

During the last week of July, Portugal hosted the World MTB Orienteering Championships 2016. Scoring for the World Cup, the three individual stages of the competitive program showed a clear ascendance of Anton Foliforov and Emily Benham, both having reclaimed the World Cup leader jerseys.

The 14th edition of the World MTB Orienteering Championships, held in Portugal, won’t be easily erased from the memories of the Russian Anton Foliforov and the Brit Emily Benham. Foliforov achieved the unprecedented feat of winning all the three individual titles – Sprint, Middle Distance and Long Distance – while Benham got the gold medal in the Sprint and Long Distance stages, reaching the second place in the Middle Distance. The practical result of this impressive achievements is the recovery of the IOF World Ranking’s leadership by both athletes.

Adding her World Championships results to the two victories in the World Cup’s opening round, in France, Emily Benham has now a total of 290 points and leads the Women’s standings. The advantage looks promising for Emily’s triumph in the World Cup for the third year in a row, after the victories of the Austrian Michaela Gigon, in 2010, and the Finnish Marika Hara, in the three following years. With a victory and two second places, Gaëlle Barlet ranks second and is the only one who could possibly challenge Benham in the top, but only by winning all remaining races in the final round in Lithuania. The fight for the following positions will be tough, with the Czechs Martina Tichovska and Renata Paulickova, the Finnish Ingrid Stengard, the Russian Svetlana Poverina and the Swiss Maja Rothweiler separated by just 24 points. But, attention, the Russian Olga Shipilova Vinogradova is in the 11th place which is misleading since the 100 points she has collected correspond to two results only. With a huge margin of progression, the Russian will have a guaranteed presence on the final podium, if able to perform well in the final round.

As for Anton Foliforov in the Men’s competition, he has already secured the MTB Orienteering World Cup 2016 victory. Foliforov wins the World Cup for the 4th consecutive year, registering now 19 wins in individual stages. Here, too, the struggle for the following places will be fierce, with the Czech Vojtech Ludvik, the Italian Luca Dallavalle, the Estonian Lauri Malsroos and the Russian Ruslan Gritsan occupying in this order the immediate positions, separated by just 22 points. The winner of the Long Distance stage of the World Cup’s opening round, the Swiss Simon Braendli, is now in the 6th position, with 123 points.

World Cup standings (after the second round):

1. Anton Foliforov (Russia) 290 points
2. Vojtech Ludvik (Czech Republic) 178 points
3. Luca Dallavalle (Italy) 169 points
4. Lauri Malsroos (Estonia) 159 points
5. Ruslan Gritsan (Russia) 156 points
6. Simon Braendli (Switzerland) 123 points

1. Emily Benham (Great Britain) 290 points
2. Gaëlle Barlet (France) 221 points
3. Martina Tichovska (Czech Republic) 165 points
4. Ingrid Stengard (Finland) 161 points
5. Svetlana Poverina (Russia) 161 points
6. Maja Rothweiler (Switzerland) 146 points

Note: Each competitor’s total score is the sum of their 5 best point scores out of 8 World Cup competitions.

Text: Joaquim Margarido. Photo: Emily Benham

[See the original article at Published with permission from the International Orienteering Federation]

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