The 2007 FIS Australia New Zealand Cup (ANC) for cross country skiing concluded on Saturday August 25 with the Kangaroo Hoppet at Falls Creek. Thomas Freimuth from Germany and Katherine Calder from Australia won the 42km Wordloppet event, which featured nearly 1100 entrants from 22 countries. In the ANC series Calder and Paul Murray from Australia topped the final standings.
The ANC consisted of seven events for women and men in Australia and New Zealand during August. The top three skiers in the series receive extra quota places on World Cup for March 2008, with the winners of the series receiving a personal place on World Cup already from the first World Cup period. Calder won the 2007 ANC ahead of Australian team-mate Esther Bottomley and 2006 ANC champion Samantha Bondarenko from New Zealand. Murray missed the Kangaroo Hoppet due to illness but already had enough points already to hold off Ben Sim from Australia and Tomio Kanamaru from Japan.
There is still plenty of snow in Australia and New Zealand and training conditions are expected to be good through until the end of September.
2007 FIS ANC Standings
The full ANC standings and reports from the competitions are available on the Australian Cross Country Skiing Website: http://www.hoppet.com.au/xc.
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