Simona Aebersold and Daniel Hubmann of Switzerland won home victories in the long distance race of the EGK OL World Cup finals in Davos Klosters. Tove Alexandersson (Sweden) and Kasper Fosser (Norway) won the overall World Cup.
The Swiss team running in the steep and technical alpine terrain of their homeland won both the men’s and the women’s races in the final event of this year’s Orienteering World Cup. Simona Aebersold took home the women’s class in the Zugwald-Drusatschawald area with a lead of 1.34 minutes over Norway’s Andrine Benjaminsen, and with her teammate Elena Roos in a great third place in the physically and technically demanding terrain.
“It’s the perfect end to the season,” said Aebersold after her triumphant run. “It was one of the toughest long-distance competitions I’ve ever run. It took me a long time to really get into the race, but then it just got better and better.” At the arena passage before the short last loop, she heard that she was in the lead. “My legs were so tired in the last few kilometres that I kept stumbling in the rocky and hilly forest. In the end, I deliberately slowed down a bit in order not to make any mistakes.”
Hubmann sends a message to his rivals
In the men’s category, Daniel Hubmann won ahead of Max Peter Bejmer of Sweden, who was the surprise of the race taking his first ever World cup podium pace, and Norwegian Kasper Fosser in third. The 39-year-old Swiss veteran celebrated his 32nd World Cup victory, but his first one in four years. After a good run in the relay, Hubmann finished on the podium on Sunday in the middle distance in Davos so it’s clear he’s managed to find his top form for Davos Klosters.
“I felt good right from the start and technically I had a very good race,” said Hubmann after his victory. “I only made one orienteering mistake in the race at the eighth control, which I couldn’t find right away.” After a mixed season, this success comes at the right time for Hubmann.
“After a difficult few years, this gives me a real boost in motivation ahead of the World Championships next year in Flims Laax.”
Overall World Cup to Alexandersson and Fosser
Tove Alexandersson and Kasper Fosser took home the overall 2022 World Cup titles. While the Norwegian was able to defend his win from last year, for the amazing Swede it was her eighth title. Tove’s nearest rivals on the women’s podium were Simona Aebersold and Andrine Benjaminsen of Norway. Fosser won the men’s ranking ahead of the two Swedes, Martin Regborn and Gustav Bergman, neither of whom managed good enough runs today to challenge Fosser. However, with five men in the top 10 places, the Swedish Team secured victory in the overall Nations Cup.
Successful World Cup main rehearsal
The organisers can be very pleased after the three races in Davos Klosters. “The event concept with two different race arenas was a challenge,” said Event Director Matthias Niggli. “That makes it all the more satisfying that everything went as planned.” The relay race on the Madrisa, which is not so easily accessible for material transport, was touch and go at one point because of the weather forecast. But in the end, less snow fell than the meteorologists had initially predicted which meant that the race could take place as planned without any undue problems.
This World Cup final event was also the dress rehearsal for the 2023 World Championships which will be organised in Flims Laax. Niggli is cautiously confident about the organisation for next July. “We know that our concept works. Right now, there are still a few details optimise.”
The organizers received great praise from the President of the International Orienteering Federation (IOF), Leho Haldna: “We always have high expectations for events in Switzerland,” said Haldna. “The organising committee has not disappointed this time either and once again did an excellent job.
Results long distance
Results overall World Cup