The MTBO WORLD TITLES concluded with the long championship. Twenty year old Tom Goddard produced another top notch performance with 12th in his final JWOC race in the physically demanding Estonian forest. This gave him 4 top results, with 15ths in the other two individual races and a good lead out leg in the relay. The standard of JWOC has improved markedly in recent years. Cedric Beill, France ended the week with 4 gold medals in the Junior Championships. Last year’s dominant jwoc man, Czech Krystof Bogar stepped straight into elite ranks and won two gold medals. Angus Robinson (VIC) did well in his debut year, placing 31st, while Karl Withers (QLD) took 37th.
In the elite ranks Alex Randall excelled in his favourite distance by placing a close 19th and had many higher ranked riders behind him. The new rules only allowed Australia two starters in this discipline. WA’s Ricky Thackray was disappointed with his 55th. The young Czech Krystof Bogar, who started mid-field incredibly won the men’s race by more than 3 minutes with Samuli Saarela, Finland in the silver medal position
Carolyn Jackson overcame a broken shoe mishap in the warm-up to achieve her best result of 32nd. The strength of Finland was again demonstrated when Marika Hara won her third gold medal in successive races, taking the Long distance title with a ride 2 minutes 53 seconds faster than her compatriot Susanna Laurila. The bronze medal went to the Swede Cecilia Thomasson, winner of the sprint earlier in the week, proving her ability in all types of terrain. The last couple of years has seen the entry and now emergence of Sweden as a leading nation in MTBO.
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Leading results – Long distance
- Marika Hara FIN 1:42:41
- Susanna Laurila FIN 1:45:34
- Cecilia Thomasson SWE 1:46:46
- Emily Benham GBR 1:47:33
- Ingrid Stengård FIN 1:48:18
- Maja Rothweiler SUI 1:50:13
- Krystof Bogar CZE 1:55:24
- Samuli Saarela FIN 1:58:30
- Anton Foliforov RUS 1:59:20
- Vojtech Stransky CZE 1:59:38
- Ruslan Gritsan RUS 1:59:44
- Tõnis Erm EST 1:59:53
Gold – Svetlana Poverina RUS Silver – Ruska Saarela FIN Bronze – Katerina Novakova CZE
Gold – Cedric Beill FRA Silver – Tomas Stanek CZE Bronze – Vojtech Ludvik CZE
12 Tom Goddard; 31st Angus Robinson; 37th Karl Withers.
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