Lizzie ingham has backed up her fine run in Friday’s long distance race at the final roud of the 2015 World Cup with a 17th place overnight in the final race of the series. This was a middle distance and, as the World Cup final, carried double points in the overall series. Lizzie’s time of 38:50 was four and half minutes behind Catherine Taylor of Britain who was a runaway winner by nearly 2 minutes from Nadiya Volynska of the Ukraine and Sara Leuscher of Switzerland. Interestingly, Taylor pulled out of Friday’s tough long distance race early in the course, apparently saving her strength for the middle distance. Lizzie has finished in 19th place overall in the 2015 World Cup standings.
Meanwhile in Victoria, Tommy Hayes has completed a stunning week by adding the Australian M20E long distance title to the sprint title he won on Friday, and 3rd place in last weekend’s Australian middle distance championships where Ed Cory-Wright was the winner. Ed has also finished 3rd in M20E in both the sprint and long distance races. In yesterday’s elite grades the top New Zealanders – Nick Hann and Matt Ogden in the men, Renee Beveridge in the women – were a little off the pace but still finished 4th, 6th and 5th respectively. Lara Molloy was the top Kiwi in W20E finishing 5th.
World Cup Round 4 Middle Distance
Men 6.4 km: 1. Daniel Hubmann (SUI) 34:35, 2. Ruslan Glibov (UKR) 35:38, 3. Baptiste Rollier (SUI) 35:49
Women 5.6 km: 1. Catherine Taylor (GBR) 34:13, 2. Nadiya Volynska (UKR) 35:59, 3. Sara Leuscher (SUI) 36:05, 17. Lizzie Ingham (NZL) 38:50