Jones, Crane & Dent make the cut

The WOC Sprint Qualification race was run this morning in Trondheim, Norway. The terrain was a mixture of simple urban and complex forest — see here for maps from this morning’s race.

Shannon Jones, relaxing during the week, will run her first WOC final today.

Shannon Jones, relaxing during the week,
will run her first WOC final today.

Australia fared well in the morning session. Shannon Jones, running her 2nd WOC, qualified for the final with 13th place in Heat 1, while Grace Crane went one better in Heat 2. Jasmine Neve finished 24th in her heat, with only 15 to qualify.

In the men’s race, Julian Dent lead the way for Australia, qualifying in 15th with only 23 seconds to spare. Simon Uppill also ran strongly, and with a bit of luck might have qualified as well, but his 17th place had him only 10 seconds outside the qualifying time, while Rob Preston finished 25th in Heat 1.

The final will be held in the town centre of Trondheim tonight, Australian time — see the WOC2010 pages for live results.