All eyes were on Europe this month, with not one but three championship events. The OCR Series Final, The Spartan European Championships, and the OCR European Championships, and the World OCR Rankings reflects this.
With wins at not only Spartan, and the OCR Series Final- his first OCR events of the season with very little specific obstacle training- but also the Trail World Championships, it is no surprise to see Albon (UK, 1) shoot straight to the top of the male rankings. With a clean sweep across the board with full points from every voting member, he leaves his competitors trailing behind in his wake.
It’s a different story on the female leaderboard, with our first-ever tie positions, and places separated by just one point.
Ulrikke Evensen (DEN, 4) and newcomer to the top ten, Katja K. Christensen (DEN, 4) tie for 4th place with 102 points each, after an incredible month of racing.
Evensen (DEN, 4) achieved 2nd place at the OCR Series Final, and at the OCREC she took 3rd on the short course, 4th on the standard course, and 1st with her teammates who included Steensgaard (DEN, 1) at the relay.
Christensen (DEN, 4) had an incredible weekend at OCREC taking home two golds and two silvers; first place at the OCREC standard course and the Ninja track event, and 2nd on the short course, and team relay.
The top 3 in the female rankings, Steensgaard (DEN, 1), Karlsson (2, SWE), and Boisset (FRA, 3) are separated by only one point each, after victories at each of the three championships this month.
The men’s rankings see some new names nominated by our voting committee, notably Artsiom Tochka (BY, 8), and Tomas Oslizlo (POL, 3).
Oslizlo (POL, 3) achieved 1st at the very demanding OCREC standard course, with Tochka (BY, 8) coming in 2nd place.
Buyle (BEL, 2) has moved up an impressive 16 places to 2nd after winning silver at the OCR Series Final, and bronze at the OCREC standard course, while Debusschere (BEL, 4) climbed 5 places to 4th with his 3rd place at the OCR Series Final and 4th place at the OCREC.
Ones to watch:
After an incredible performance at the OCREC, our panel has their eyes on Kofoed (DEN, 6) as their top pick for the new 100m sprint course at OCRWC.
Janka Pepova (SVK, 9), a new entry, ties for 9th place with Corigliano (USA, 9) with her 2nd place at the Spartan European Championships. We look forward to seeing whether this primarily Spartan athlete can continue this impressive performance in a very competitive field.