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World OCR Rankings – May 2024

In May, the OCR community saw a flurry of events and several impressive podium finishes, resulting in unprecedented joint placements.

Included in this month’s rankings are races such as the Cesanatico Spartan in Italy, Series races from Bled, London West, and Big Bear, Czech National Series, Swedish OCR Champs, Toughest, Savage, and X-Warrior. It’s evident that the season has kicked off in full force!

Italian Gian Maria Savani (IT, 1) lead the pack with three first-place finishes at the Inferno race and the Cesanatico Championship event (Sprint). Both Manuel Dufaux (CH, 2) and Jeremie Gachet (FRA, 2) secured joint second place with 10.75 points. Dufaux achieved first place at the Cesanatico Super and second place at Big Bear USNS, while Gachet earned his spot for a second-place finish at the Bled Spartan Southern Championship Series Race and a first-place finish at the France National Series Sprint.

In fourth place with 10 points is Leon Kofoed (DEN, 4), who also excelled in three events: first place at Toughest Malmo, second place at the London West Spartan UK Championship Series Race, and third place at the Nuclear Challenge Cup.

Several other male athletes achieved joint placements due to their multiple podium results: Stijn Lagrand (NL, 5) & Thibault Debesschere (BEL, 5), and Cole Derosa (USA, 8) & Hawk Call (USA, 8).

On the women’s side, Lena Weller (GER, 1) clinched the top spot after achieving two first-place finishes at Zandvoort Beast & Super. Karin Abrahamsson (SWE, 2) followed closely with a first-place finish at Toughest Malmo and a second-place finish at the Inferno short course.

The abundance of first-place podium finishes at championship events and series races made it challenging for many athletes to rank as highly this month as they would have in the past. Rigerta Kadija (IT, 5) and Camille Salliot (FRA, 5) are a case in point as they share fifth position with 9 points each for their performances at Inferno and Cesanatico,

Federica Decaria (UK, 4) took fourth in the rankings after securing second place at Cesenatico Spartan Super, first place at Nuclear Challenge Cup, and second place at the London West Spartan UK Championship Series Race.

Annie Dube (USA, 9) and Federica Toni (IT, 9) share 9th place for their podium finishes at Big Bear and Inferno.

Special mention goes to athletes Amanda Schneider, Andrea Berquez, Ines Thevenod-Mottet, Michela Pieri, Loris Pintarelli, Andrea Riva, and Pavel Hrdina for delivering outstanding performances at significant races, which in any other month would have secured them a spot in the top ten.

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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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