World Cup Middle At Coles Bay Wrap Up

| January 9, 2015

MEN, 5.2km: D Hubmann (SUI) 31m48s, O Lundanes (NOR) 32m43s, M Kyburz (SUI) 33m12s.

WOMEN, 4.0km: T Alexandersson (SWE) 29m40s, M Fasting (NOR) 32m18s, M Magnusson (SWE) 33m42s.


In overcast conditions Swedish world number 1 Tove Alexandersson put in another dominating performance in the 4km Middle Distance race of Round 1 of the IOF World Cup at Coles Bay to take victory by a resounding margin of 2min38sec from Norway’s world number 9, Mari Fasting with her Swedish team mate Maria Magnusson a further 1min24sec back in 3rd.

In the men’s race, world number 2, the Swiss Daniel Hubmann, emerged victorious over reigning Middle Distance World Champion and world number 1, Olav Lundanes of Norway. Hubmann completed the tough 5.2km course in a time of 31min48sec to be a comfortable 55sec ahead of Lundanes. Hubmann’s team mate and world number 5, Matthias Kyburz followed up from his victory in last Saturday’s Sprint in Launceston to take 3rd place, 39sec adrift of Lundanes. It was a dominant performance by the Swiss men, with Florian Howald repeating his 4th place effort in the Sprint and Andreas Rueedlinger in 5th.


Tasmania’s Hanny Allston was the best placed Australian in 18th place in a time of 42min12sec in the women’s race and NSW’s Rob Preston was the best male Australian in 22nd place with a time of 39:50. Allston, like many competitors on the day, lost significant time on the challenging second leg of the course. Launceston’s Brodie Nankervis also lost significant time on a similar second leg in the men’s race, but worked his way back to finish in 41st place in the 55 man field in a time of 46:38.

Today’s race was also an opportunity for Oceania region orienteers to qualify for an individual place in the 2015 World Championships in Middle Distance to be held in Scotland in early August. It was the New Zealand duo of Lizzie Ingham and Matt Ogden who took Oceania region honours and a World Championships spot with a 12th and 13th place respectively.

Following on from the Middle Distance race of the IOF World Cup round, it was the individual competition for the Australia New Zealand Schools Test Match. New Zealand again dominated, taking three of the four classes. Danielle Goodall was a resounding victor in Junior Girls, as was 2014 World Junior Championships representative Kayla Fairbairn. Fellow 2014 Junior World Championships representative Ed Cory- Wright was also victorious in Senior Boys. Victorian Aston Key, whose parents are both former Australian World Championships representatives, flew the flag for the Australian team by being a clear winner in the Junior Boys.

The third and final race of Round 1 of the IOF World Cup in Tasmania will be the Long Distance race on Saturday January 10 west of St Helens.

Full results from today’s Middle Distance IOF World Cup race can be found at

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