Joint victory to Öberg and Kaas after a thrilling finish

A thriller of a finish at today's middle distance World Cup for men ended with joint victory to Swedish Peter Öberg and Carl Waaler Kaas from Norway. In third place came Anders Nordberg from Norway, 21 seconds behind. The 6 km course offered some great challenges for the runners, both in the form of high temperature and technically difficult orienteering.

Joint victory

The finish at today's middle distance was more exciting than anybody could have dreamed of beforehand. Carl Waaler Kaas started in the middle of the field and finished in a clear lead, and that lead held right up until the third to last runner, Peter Öberg. Öberg was 5 seconds behind at the pre-warning, but managed to make up the difference in a fantastic finish.

- I felt really strong today, but at the same time had respect for the terrain. I made safe route choices and didn't run too fast, so it was a perfect performance, said Öberg after the finish.

Kaas was also very pleased with his performance through the boiling summer heat.

- It went very well and I have less than a minute of mistakes in total. But I struggled with the heat, and it was particularly hot passing the arena half-way, said Kaas, clearly pleased with his World Cup victory.

All set for an exciting chasing start

With Öberg and Kaas in joint first place before tomorrow's chasing start and short intervals further down the result list, the stage is set for a very exciting chasing start. On the programme for tomorrow are 14.3 km in tough Bærum terrain. With a weather forecast of sun and heat it can be a really exciting and tough chasing start.

- I'm really looking forward to tomorrow and it will be wicked running with such small differences in start times, said Öberg.

Kaas too tells that he's in good shape and is really looking forward to tomorrow. As for today, the World Cup in Bærum can be followed LIVE on the Internet (see left-hand menu).