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Tim Robertson (NZ) creates history at MTBO Worlds.

Thursday, 28 August 2014













Tim Robertson & Tim Jackson pictured.








Kiwi Tim Robertson became the first athlete to win gold medals in both foot & mtb orienteering World Championships in the same year when he won the MTBO JWOC middle distance event in Poland yesterday.   This followed up his silver in the mtbo sprint yesterday by the slender margin of 3 seconds.  Well done to the lad from “over the ditch.”


Victorian Angus Robinson continued his good carnival with 19th in the JWOC middle event. He has obviously benefited from this being his second year at these championships.  A two minute mistake on one of the last controls cost him another top 10 result.  Debutante rider Tim Jackson had another solid ride placing mid field.


The men’s elite saw 36 year old Russian superstar Ruslan Gritsan again win gold, making him the rider with the most medals won at World Championship level.  Although Sweden was a late starter in MTBO they have now emerged as a force in this discipline, as demonstrated with wins in both the women’s elite and junior middle distance event.   Emily Benham, a stand out for Great Britain, has taken minor medals in both races to date.


Glory for Australia came in the Masters from Victorian training buddies Carolyn Jackson and Peter Cusworth.   Carolyn took her 2nd consecutive gold with a dominant 5 minute victory over a strong W50 field.    Peter was very satisfied with his bronze in M60.   Kiwi Marquita Gelderman also won again in W40.  The masters have grown so much that in 2015 they will have their own stand alone Worlds in Portugal.


Middle splits:
Sprint splits:

Men Elite

1  Ruslan Gritsan     Russia            55:20

2  Jiri Hradil             Czech Rep      55:51   

3 Anton Foliforov    Russia            56:23

52 Chris Firman                              67.47

69 Alex Randall                                72.48 


Women Elite

1  Cecilia Thomasson   Sweden     49:41 

2 Emily Benham  Great Britain   50:15

3  Marika Hara Finland                  50:55


Junior Men

1  Tim Robertson                 NZ                   44.33

2  Vladislav Kiseley             Russia            45.41

3  Viacheslay Chernykh      Russia            46.29

19  Angus Robinson                                     51.13

39  Tim Jackson                                           60.42

51  Karl Withers                                            76.19


Junior Women

1  Kajsa Engstrom                Sweden          45:09

2 Veronika Kubinova          Czech Rep      45:46

3 Lisa Pirker                         Austria            46:01



W40   1          Marquita Gelderman (NZ)

W50    1          Carolyn Jackson

M50  41          Piotr Czajowski        50  Tony Howes

M60    3         Peter Cusworth          6  Rob Garden (NZ)    17   David Firman

M70    9         Barry Huntington

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