Queensland Rider Scores Podium Finish at JWOC MTBO Championships

Junior rider, Chris Firman of Wilston, has scored a podium finish in being placed 5th in the Middle Distance race at the Junior World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships currently underway in Hungary.

The Championships got underway on Tuesday with the qualification race for the Long Distance event. Both Chris and fellow team member, Karl Withers from Samford, qualified for the A final despite very hot temperatures. In the Sprint event, which also took place in very hot conditions, Karl was placed 27th while Chris came 35th out of a field of 66 riders.

In yesterday's fast and physical Middle Distance race, Chris became the first Australian to be a placegetter at an individual JWOC MTBO event although his relay team was also placed 5th in 2010. Chris was the leading rider for quite some time until a final bunch of competitors came through with the race finally being won by Krystof Bogar of the Czech Republic in a time 41.25. Chris finished in 43.22 while Karl was in 36th place with a time of 50.55.

Today is a rest day with the relay event tomorrow and the Long Distance race on Saturday.
Full results can be found on: www.mtbo.hun/mtbo.2012.php

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