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World OCR Rankings – May 2022

With Spring upon us, the racing season has kicked off with gusto across Europe, with multiple Spartan events, The OCR Series starting, UKOSF time trials, and OCR athletes competing in Hyrox.

This has seen huge changes across the world-wide Obstacle Course Racing athlete leaderboards with a slew of new entries and a range of nationalities now represented.

However, the biggest thing to not change is the very top of the female leaderboard. Ida Mathilde Steensgaard (Den, 1) is still dominating with an average score of 13.6. Hot on her tail is fellow Dane, Ulrikke Evensen (Den, 2) with 11.8, after impressive performances at Spartan Mallorca against a strong field.

In the men’s leaderboard, we see a new entry from France’s Thibault Jean (Fra, 1) with an average of 11.2 after podium performances at Spartan Mallorca & Stade de France. In 3rd place is another new entry from Pavel Hrdina (CZ, 3) with 9 points, securing this spot with 2nd place at Spartan Mallorca Sprint, 2nd at Rakaca-to Sprint, and first at the Super. Fellow Czech Peter Dornak (CZ, 7) joins Hrdina after battling him at Rakaca-to and securing 1st in the Sprint, and 2nd in the Super.

Back to the women, special mention is given to Becky Neal (UK, 8) and her Hyrox teammates (Federica De Caria, Nicki Johnson, and Anya Plyushkina) for setting a new World Record in the women’s team event. Neal also secured 1st place at the Hungarian National Championships (5th overall) and is currently sitting in 4th place on the UKOSF TT leaderboard.

In the US Kris Rugloski (USA, 3) moved up one place, continuing her reign and showing her adaptability after taking 1st place at Hyrox Dallas, and 2nd at GORUCK Games.

Francesca Chiorando
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Francesca Chiorando

Francesca started running OCR in 2013, and after devouring all the information she could find on the sport, she began writing about it herself. With OCR quickly gaining traction in the UK where she lives, she launched her own site, Mud Is My Makeup, in 2014.

Since then she has gone on to produce content for publications including OCR Europe, Mud Run Guide, Mudstacle, Obstacle Race Magazine, and Obstacle Mud Runner Magazine, as well as OCRWC.

Francesca loves exploring every aspect of the sport as much as she loves to explore the courses themselves. Very much an average athlete, her goal has always been to encourage the everyday person to get muddy and active and discover how much joy suffering out on a course can bring.

Her first experience of OCRWC was the epic Blue Mountain in 2016, although she’d been following the event from the early days. The whole atmosphere, set up, and experience had her hooked and she knew that this was an organization that she not only wanted to support, but be involved with, and to help bring the spirit of OCRWC to a wider audience.

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