Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Canada Cup Elite Series ~ 2013 Final Results

The sprint, middle and long distance races at the Canadian Orienteering Championships in Hamilton were the last of 14 Canada Cups held in 2013.
At each Canada Cup race, participants in the men's and women's elite classes receive points based on their placing.

Louise Oram from GVOC won the women's category for the 3rd year in a row with 153 points. Catherine Hoofd, a former member of the Belgian JWOC team currently living in Vancouver, placed 2nd.
Galyna Petrenko from Ontario club VO2 was 3rd.

The men's competition came down to the final race and a tie-breaker. One of Damian Konotopetz's (CdeB) major goals this season was to win the Canada Cup series to prove that he could be consistent and have many great performances on all different types of terrain. Damian came into the Canadian Championships weekend with a 14 point lead over second place Magnus Johansson (GVOC) and a 22 point lead over 4th place Will Critchley (EOOC). However, 1st place finishes for Will in the sprint and the long left both Damian and Will with 134 Canada Cup points at the end of the competition. If athletes end up with the same overall score, it is the overall score in the Canada Cups which are WREs that decide a winner.

Damian managed to eke out a win on the tie-breaker by scoring 30 points in the WRE Sprint and 23 points in the WRE Middle for a total of 53. Will scored 40 points in the sprint and 12 points in the middle for a total of 52 points. Serghei Logvin (GHO) was 3rd.

When all Canada Cup points are tallied by club, GVOC places 1st with 504 points, CdeB 2nd with 214 points and GHO 3rd with 204 points. Despite a commanding lead in the point totals for the past 3 years, GVOC will have to watch out for the other clubs in 2014 when GVOC heavy-hitters Louise Oram and Thomas Nipen move to Oslo.

Full list of the final 2013 rankings
Damian's Blog about his Canada Cup win and 2013 Nationals

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