As one of the first starters, Grace had to endure the nailbiting wait until most runners had completed their course. As she predicted, the 2 minute error made at the second last control made the difference of qualifying or not, eventually placing 17th in her heat.
Hanny described the 6.8km course as steep with many challenges from the course setters. But like a lot of the experienced, elite women who will contest all disciplines during their WOC campaign, she conserved energy where she could. Hanny had a pretty clean run, very content with her heat placing of 5th.
With an identical placing of 5th in her qualifying race, Kathryn Ewels stormed home to ensure a position in the long final. Kathryn said she would have simply been satisfied to make the final, so she was very pleased to have done so with such a high quality run. She took a safe but longer route to the first control, then steadily increased her pace throughout the course.
Split times show both Kathryn and Hanny with a number of 2nd, 3rd an even one fastest split on the course. Kathryn also showed Simone Niggli some of her running speed, overtaking her in the finish shute and running strongly right to the finish banner!
Today was also the first day of the Hungaria Cup, in which most of the small but enthusiastic group of Australian cheer squad are participating. More about the Hungaria Cup tomorrow.
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