Middle: Kyburz und Alexandersson won Overall World Cup
At the EGK O World Cup Final in Grindelwald Swiss Matthias Kyburz and Swedish Tove Alexandersson did not only win the Middle Distance race, but also both took the victory in the Overall World Cup.
Matthias Kyburz won the Overall World Cup in orienteering. At the EGK O World Cup Final, after a victory in Friday’s Long Distance, the 27-year-old also won the Middle Distance on Saturday. This was enough for him to win the overall World Cup: ”After an unsuccessul World Championships, I hadn’t really believed in being able to win the Overall World Cup anymore, which is why my joy is even bigger now”, says the athlete coming from Möhlin (AG).
Behind Kyburz, who had a running time of 33:31 minutes, Daniel Hubmann (Bremgarten b. Bern) took the second place in the Middle Distance. In the race of eight and a half effective kilometres, he lost just under a minute to teammate Kyburz, which resulted in a third place in the Overall World Cup. The third place in the Middle Distance was taken by Swedish Emil Svensk.
In the women’s category, Swedish Tove Alexandersson won today’s race in a time of 35:09 minutes. This victory on the course of approximately seven effective kilometres at the same time made her the winner of the Overall World Cup. This is the fourth Overall World Cup win by the 25-year-old.
Behind Alexandersson, Swiss Elena Roos (Cugnasco) took the second place in the Middle Distance race. This was after she had won her first ever World Cup race on Friday: „It was a technically and physically challenging course“, said the runner from the Ticino, who lost 1:15 minutes to the winner. After her two places on the podium this weekend she ended up in the top ten of the Overall World Cup, finishing on the sixth place. Roos already declared her next goal: „I aim for a medal at the European Championships on homeground next year“. The third and last place on the podium was taken by Natalia Gemperle. The Russian runner lost 1:49 minutes to today’s winner. In the Overall World Cup Gemperle finished second, while Swiss Sabine Hauswirth took the third place. This is the best ever result in her career: „Today, I didn’t perform as I had been hoping for. However, the result in the Overall World Cup is a good consolation», the 29-year-old said. In the Middle Distance she finished only 13th.
The Middle Distance was the final race of this year’s orienteering World Cup. It took the 200 runners representing 23 different nations through the area of „Dirrenberg“, near Grindelwald. In Simone Niggli’s opinion, „the Dirrenberg is a forest out of a fairy tale“. The former top athlete is in charge of the course setting management at the EGK O World Cup Final in Grindelwald. Idyllic patches of forest with boulders and moss-covered ground, the impressive mountain backdrop including Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau, as well as the finish area placed in the centre of Grindelwald made the Middle Distance event exceptional both in terms of scenery and atmosphere.
Typical for a Middle Distance in orienteering are the short legs connecting the controls. The many changes of direction, as well as the mixture of a lot of climb and longer passages of downhill running made the race very varied. The men’s course was eight and a half effective kilometres long, while the women’s course was about seven effevtive kilometres long. As expected, the runners only made minor mistakes: „However, in order to finish at the very top, a technically clean race was required“, Simone Niggli said.
The organisers of the EGK O World Cup Final are the association of Swiss Cup. Having the health insurance company EGK as a presenting partner and the Jungfraubahnen and BB Biotech as main sponsors, the organisers are lucky to be able to count on great support on part of their partners. On Sunday, the event will be closed with the Sprint Relay.