Tove Alexandersson wins the overall orienteering World Cup for the eighth time
October 2, 2022
With her victory today in the middle distance race at the EGK Orienteering World Cup final in Davos Klosters, Tove Alexandersson of Sweden secured first place in the overall standings too. Kasper Harlem Fosser (Norway) won the men’s race and extended his World Cup lead and looks highly likely to secure overall victory with a good run in tomorrow’s long distance race.
Tove Alexandersson, the outstanding female orienteer in recent years, lived up to her exceptional reputation in the middle distance race in Drusatschawald near Davos. She won the race 30 seconds ahead of Norway’s Andrine Benjaminsen. Behind these two experienced runners, Lisa Risby of Sweden took third place and climbed on to the podium in a World Cup individual race for the first time.
With her 41st World Cup victory – eleven years after her first win, which was also in Switzerland – Tove Alexandersson also secured the overall 2022 World Cup. Going into the long distance race on Monday, the 30-year-old Swede is more than 100 points ahead of Simona Aebersold of Switzerland and can no longer be caught.
– I love alpine terrain
Tove Alexandersson ran a confident race in the very technically and physically demanding forest terrain right from the start and only made one small mistake at the third to last control on a tricky hillside. It was also right there that Tove Alexandersson caught Simona Aebersold, the home favourite, who had started two minutes before her. Simona Aebersold lost even more time than Tove Alexandersson at this control and her mistake meant that she missed out on a podium finish, finishing in fifth.
“I’m very happy with today’s race,” said Tove Alexandersson. She has spent several weeks this autumn in alpine terrain in Switzerland and Italy preparing for next year’s World Championships 2023 in Flims Laax. “I really love alpine terrain,” she said. “Today the forest was very detailed, almost like at home in Sweden, just a bit steeper.”
Kasper Fosser outclasses his rivals to be almost certain of overall victory
The men’s race was a show of force by Kasper Harlem Fosser. The 23-year-old Norwegian distanced Albin Ridefelt (Sweden) by almost a minute. 39-year-old Daniel Hubmann saved the honour of the host nation finishing in third place, just one second behind Albin Ridefelt.
This win confirms that Kasper Harlem Fosser has come back from his injury problems of last winter and earlier this year which prevented him from training properly.
“My race was almost perfect,” said Kasper Harlem Fosser. “I was not happy with my technique in yesterday’s relay, I didn’t have the right mental focus then. Before today’s race I thought back to last year’s middle distance World Cup final, which was also in tricky terrain. There I focused on being accurate with the map and letting the orienteering dictate my running speed. This was my focus in today’s race and was probably the key to success.”
Four years ago, Kasper Harlem Fosser was six minutes behind the winner in his last middle distance race at altitude. “Since then, I’ve learned how to run at altitude and I’m looking forward already to next year’s WOC23 in Swiss terrain,” he comments.
Kasper Harlem Fosser was extremely happy with his race today although it was not a completely ‘clean’ race with a couple of 10-15 second mistakes. “It was really technical terrain, and you have to expect a few mistakes on such a demanding course in this terrain.”
In the overall 2022World Cup rankings, Kasper Harlem Fosser extended his lead to 95 points. With this win, the Norwegian has an excellent chance of defending his title from last year. Only the Swede Martin Regborn can catch Fosser with a win in Monday’s long distance final.
Sweden looks on course to be the best nation at these EKG Orienteering World Cup final races. Today, Sweden had five runners in the top 9 position in the women’s race and five runners in the top eight runners in the men’s race. Can the host nation, Switzerland, fight back in the long distance race tomorrow?
The long-distance race at the end of the EGK OL World Cup finals will be held in the Zugwald. Spectators can follow the race from the same finish as today’s race at Höhwald near Davos.