Mass Start wins for Søgaard and Pokala in WMTBOC

Wednesday’s Mass Start race offered the athletes at the World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships the last chance to win a medal during the competitions in Sweden.

And Samuel Pokala (FIN) and Camilla Søgaard (DEN) reached out and grabbed their first gold medals at WMTBOC after winning other medals earlier on.

 In the women’s Mass Start, Camilla Søgaard kept on fighting and finished five seconds ahead of the Long distance World Champion, Emily Benham Kvåle (GBR), with Czechia’s Martina Tichovska three minutes behind.

That’s Søgaards first gold medal in Sweden- but her fifth after five races in Sweden.

Samuel Pokala’s gold in the men’s race was far more superior, as he won by nearly two minutes. Davide Machado (POR) won the fight for the silver medal one second ahead of Krystof Bogar (CZE) and with Simon Braendli (SUI) a few seconds further behind.

Pokala won a silver medal in the Middle distance race on Friday.

See TV, GPS and results from today’s race.

The Mass Start was the sixth out of eight competitions in the CX80 World Cup of 2022. Camilla Søgaard has a clear lead of 69 points ahead of fellow Dane Nikoline Splittorff, while Krystof Bogars lead in the men’s World Cup is only five points on Samuel Pokala.

Go to CX80 World Cup Standings.

Karina Nurminen (FIN) swept her fourth gold medal in W20 and Felix Silver (SWE) his third gold in M20.

Photos: WMTBOC 2022 / Lars Gustafsson