Simona Aebersold, Switzerland, and Kasper Fosser, Norway were strongest in the tough World Cup Long Distance competition in Idre, Sweden.
Swiss runner Simona Aebersold was surprised after her victory as she expected the Swedish athletes to be very strong in the tough terrain of Idre Fjäll. The Swedish athlete Tove Alexandersson was indeed fastest until the very last part of the course, but Alexandersson got tired after the arena passage and after losing time on the last controls she ended up in third place. Meanwhile Simona Aebersold and Andrine Benjaminsen, Norway had a tight battle for the top position and after almost 90 minutes running Aebersold won, only 40 seconds faster than Benjaminsen.
In the men’s class the young Norwegian Kasper Fosser won, 1.39 ahead of his teammate Magne Daehli. Swiss Daniel Hubmann was third losing 3.20 to the winner. Fosser had a strong start and had great speed throughout the course. Swedish Gustav Bergman was doing a great race in the beginning of the course, and he was fastest halfway. After some smaller mistakes and time loss he ended up in fourth position.
Orienteering World Cup Long Distance – Women
1 Simona Aebersold Switzerland 01.28.31
2 Andrine Benjaminsen Norway +0.40
3 Tove Alexandersson Sweden +1.58
4 Hanna Lundberg Sweden +3.52
5 Emma Bjessmo Sweden +8.52
6 Sabine Hauswirth Switzerland +10.37
Orienteering World Cup Long Distance – Men
1 Kasper Harlem Fosser Norway 1.39:53
2 Magne Daehli Norway +1:39
3 Daniel Hubmann Switzerland +3.20
4 Gustav Bergman Sweden +4.11
5 Timo Sild Estonia +5.50
6 Matthias Kyburz Switzerland +7.09
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