WOC 2009 – Middle Qualification news and photos.

Despite the dominance of the Swiss women in qualification, Minna Kauppi (FIN) declared during her post race interview that she was in ‘unbeatable’ form and not concerned about the time difference behind the other women in the qualification. Simone Niggli (SUI) said she was looking forward to the challenge presented by Kauppi!  But watch out for the Aussie women…

Hanny at the final control.

Hanny at the final control.

Grace heading towards the finish.

Grace heading towards the finish.

Both Grace and Hanny were pleased with their performances today.  Grace ran a steady race taking care with the long, featureless leg through thick vegetation that many runners commented upon. It is this leg that caused some trouble for Jasmine, who was naturally disappointed with her result.

Jasmine approaching the finish line.

Jasmine approaching the finish line.

 Checking out the maps.

Checking out the maps.

An error cost Hanny quite a bit of time, but she was relaxed and satisfied afterwards, already beginning to prepare for tomorrow’s long qualification race.