The final day brought another hard fought race at a highly competitive Mountain Bike Orienteering World Championships in the special terrain of Old Town Vilnius. The terrain was a mixture of hilly forest, urban, including a military tank museum and flat fast parkland finishing in the central city square outside the historic cathedral.
Emily Benham (GBR) led with three controls to go, but an uncharacteristic small disorientation lost her valuable time in the park and she had to settle for Silver behind Marika Hara of Finland. Olga Shipilova-VinoGradova gained a valuable bronze. Clare Dallimore overcame her dislike of Sprints to gain an excellent top fifteen place. There is more to come from Dallimore as her training has this year been parallel with her medical studies.
The race was the final round of the World Cup Series and Emily's haul of two Golds, a Silver and a Bronze meant she could claim a third Gold this week as Victor in the Women's World Cup Series for the third year running. A remarkable and unique feat in the sport. The race was broadcast live on Lithuanian TV with exciting live drone footage and GPS tracking on two enormous screens in the City Centre (video recorded). This attracted a good crowd to watch the excitement and listen to the great live commentary from Katherine Bett.
A great medal haul for Emily who can now "relax" and prepare for her wedding next month to Hans-Jørgen Kvale, whose race and training support has been a key factor in her success. Well done and congratulations Emily!
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British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Emily on her outstanding achievement.
Well done and many congratulations Emily!