Hanny Allston World Games Champion!!

hannyWGgoldHanny Allston has claimed her second major international gold medal in winning the World Games Middle Distance race. Allston, the 2006 Sprint World Champion, has returned to international competition in scintillating form. Her victory margin was a huge 1 minute and 16 secs over yesterday’s winner and world number 2 Minna Kauppi of Finland. This comes on the back of her silver medal in the sprint and shows she will be amongst the favourites for the World Championships to be held in Hungary in August. The gold medal is the second for an Australian at a World Games after Grant Bluett won in 2001. The second half of the women’s team, Kathryn Ewels, was 19th after losing small amounts of time at the 3rd and 13th controls.

Julian Dent achieved his best international result to date in the men’s race. A solid run allowed him to capture 13th. Simon Uppill, the first finisher for the day, was 23rd. Daniel Hubmann took revenge after being beaten into second place yesterday by Andrey Khramov. Khramov was third, with his Russian team mate Dmitriy Tsvetkov in second place.

Results and routes from today’s race can be found on the World Games Online website.

Once the euphoria of a gold medal subsides the team will refocus for tomorrow’s relay. The format, which is unique to the World Games, combines all team members in a four person mixed relay. Coverage, including video streaming and live gps tracking, will begin at 4pm AEST.

Photos and comments from the runners will be posted when available. Don’t forget to check out the team blog

wghannypodium01Women

1)  Johanna Allston AUS 27:01
2)  Minna Kauppi FIN 28:17
3)  Linnea Gustafsson SWE 28:44
4)  Signe Søes DEN 28:49
5)  Aija Skrastina LAT 29:16
6)  Dana Brozkova CZE 29:18
19)Kathryn Ewels AUS 32:08

Men

1)  Daniel Hubmann SUI 27:43
2)  Dmitriy Tsvetkov RUS 28:16
3)  Andrey Khramov RUS 28:51
4)  Tero Föhr FIN 29:00
5)  Mattias Millinger SWE 29:01
6)  Øystein Kvaal Østerbø NOR 29:32
13)Julian Dent AUS 31:08
23)Simon Uppill AUS 32:28