WTMBOC Long wins for Jansson and Benham Kvåle

Britain’s Emily Benham Kvåle and Sweden’s Marcus Jansson were crowned world champions after the long-distance race in the forest outside Falun, Sweden, at the Mountain Bike Orienteering World Championships.

Benham Kvåle led the race throughout the 20.4 kilometers and beat defending long distance champion Camilla Søgaard (DEN) by 1.07 minutes. This is Søgaard’s third silver medal after the first three WMTBOC races in Sweden.
Finland’s Ruska Saarela finished third, 2.01 behind Benham Kvåle.

On the men’s side, Marcus Jansson took the lead early in the race and won 1.32 minutes ahead of Friday’s middle-distance champion Krystof Bogar (CZE). Andre Haga, who was part of the Finnish gold medal relay team yesterday, took the bronze medal 3.05 behind Jansson.

Camilla Søgaard leads the Women’s CX80 World Cup with 160 points – 20 ahead of compatriot Nikoline Splittorff.
Krystof Bogar’s strong showing in Sweden means he takes the lead in the men’s CX80 World Cup. Marcus Jansson is in second place after today’s win.

The junior categories were won by impressive margins, with Finland’s Kaarina Nurminen nearly four minutes ahead of Iris Aurora Pecorari (ITA) in W20 and Natali Chamrada (CZE) two minutes behind.

Sweden’s Felix Silver was 3.29 minutes ahead of Tatu Aaltonen (FIN) in the U20, where Flurin Schnyder took the bronze medal.

Full results, GPS and TV stream on IOF LIVE

After a well-deserved rest day, the WTMBOC athletes get back on their bikes for Tuesday’s Sprint distance.

The first departure is at 10:00 CEST (UTC+2) and the TV stream opens at 10:45 on IOF LIVE

Photos: Lars Gustafsson

Dino J. Dotson