Benham Kvåle and Ludvik – World Champions in Middle distance

After the rest day the World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships resumed with a Middle distance. The race was held in the premises of Ebeltoft town, in a very difficult terrain with many wide and single MTB tracks.

In the women’s class, British Emily Benham Kvåle had another perfect day on the course and won her second title of the championships. Czech Veronika Kubinova finished only 5 seconds behind and won one more silver medal. Marika Hara, Finland and Camilla Soegaard, Denmark showed the same time at the finish and shared third position on the podium.

In the men’s group, Czech Vojtech Ludvik had a nearly clean race and won his first individual WMTBOC gold with a comfortable margin over 40 seconds. Silver and bronze went to two Russians: Anton Foliforov finished second, and Sprint champion Grigory Medvedev was third.



1. Emily Benham Kvåle (GBR) 56:07

2. Veronika Kubinova (CZE) 56:12

3. Marika Hara (FIN) 58:24

3. Camilla Soegaard (DEN) 58:24

5. Nadia Larsson (SWE) 59:55

6. Gabriele Andrasiuniene (LTU) 60:07


1. Vojtech Ludvik (CZE) 53:59

2. Anton Foliforov (RUS) 54:43

3. Grigory Medvedev (RUS) 54:50

4. Valeriy Glukhov (RUS) 54:56

5. Lauri Malsroos (EST) 55:12

6. Pekka Niemi (FIN) 56:01

Interview with World champions in Middle distance Emily Benham Kvåle (GBR) and Vojtech Ludvik (CZE):

Jan Hasek, Czech Republic and Nikoline Splittorff, Denmark were fastest in junior classes.

Men Junior

1. Jan Hasek (CZE) 47:14

2. Juha Lilja (FIN) 49:08

3. Thomas Steinthal (DEN) 49:29

4. Mikkel Brunstedt Noergaard (DEN) 50:02

5. Teemu Kaksonen (FIN) 50:12

6. Ondrej Hasman (CZE) 50:57

Women Junior

1. Nikoline Splittorff (DEN) 45:26

2. Vilma Kralova (CZE) 47:28

3. Kaarina Nurminen (FIN) 48:12

4. Lilou Pauly (FRA) 48:52

5. Lea Hnilica (AUT) 50:03

6. Lucie Rudkiewicz (FRA) 51:16


The championships will continue with a  Long distance on Wednesday.