Fourth GOLD for Emily Benham Kvåle were the highlights of the Mass Start on Friday at the World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships 2019 in Denmark. In a tightly contested Mass Start today Emily Benham-Kvale fought hard to her fourth World Champs Gold in four races in Viborg. A very exciting finish saw her hold onto her lead entering the final loop from a chasing pack. Keeping a cool head Emily won by a slender 6 seconds after an hour of tense racing to bring her in victorious.
Clare Dallimore was 18th with Ian Nixon 37th.
Mass-Start was penultimate and the last individual race of the championships.
In the men’s class, the Czech riders dominated the race and won all three medals. Jiri Hradil won his first individual WMTBOC gold in a tight finish sprint, finished only 1 second ahead of Krystof Bogar and 2 seconds ahead of Vojtech Stransky. The Russian athletes took the rest three places on the podium.
In the women’s class, the British Emily Benham Kvåle took a lead straight out of the start and kept her lead till the finish line. The Danish Camilla Soegaard finished only 6 seconds behind in a silver medal position, and the Russian Anastasiya Svir won bronze. Benham Kvåle won all individual races and 4 gold medals at the WMTBOC2019.
Interview with Emily Benham Kvåle and Jiri Hradil:
1. Emily Benham Kvåle (GBR) 61:50
2. Camilla Soegaard (DEN) 61:56
3. Anastasiya Svir (RUS) 62:00
4. Nadia Larsson (SWE) 62:01
5. Marika Hara (FIN) 62:04
6. Antonia Haga (FIN) 62:49
1. Jiri Hradil (CZE) 60:09
2. Krystof Bogar (CZE) 60:10
3. Vojtech Stransky (CZE) 60:11
4. Anton Foliforov (RUS) 60:40
5. Valeriy Glukhov (RUS) 60:43
6. Grigory Medvedev (RUS) 60:44
Photo credits: WMTBOC 2019
British Orienteering would like to take this opportunity to say many, many congratulations to Emily on her outstanding world class performances. Four GOLD medals is an incredible achievement!