This years World Cup Finals has in the weekend been held in the small city Stein am Rhein in Switzerland.
Saturday it was a long Middle distance, with 47 minutes winning time. I did a quite good technical race, but lost half a minute on the route choices to the 7th and 10th control. My running shape was not the best, and the steep uphill’s was tough. Thierry Gueorgiou won “as always”, and I came 18th, 4 minutes behind. It was only 50 seconds up to the 9th place, so if I had run one minute faster I would have been satisfied with the result.
Today the last World Cup race was held with a Sprint in the old city. I ran an almost perfect race, and finished at the best time. But I had forgotten to punch on the public control after the map exchange (10th control), and was disqualified. Thierry, who used 4 seconds more than my time (13.14), was therefore the winner also today. I was of course irritated because I missed the punching, but it was really good to see that I can fight for the victory with a good race.
In the Overall World Cup I felt from a 9th to a 12th place, but with top-3 result today I would have been 6th overall. Thierry and Simone Niggli won clear overall after 7 victories each. Several other runners did also miss the punching at the public control today (which was the same as the last control), among them Marianne Andersen, who also lost a top-6 position overall. Anders Nordberg was best Norwegian overall with a 2nd place.
Tomorrow morning we will travel to Czech for the first WOC 2008 Training Camp. There we will meet 10 more Norwegian runners. Many other nations are going there at the same time, and we will stay north-east in Czech and train in relevant terrain for WOC, which will be held in Olomouc in the middle of July 2008. We are going to have training-competitions in Sprint, Middle, Long and Relay, so it will be a hard training camp straight after the WC Final.