Grace Crane was the leading Australian in the WOC sprint final in Trondheim today with a 30th place. This equalled her previous best sprint result and should boost her in the lead-up to the middle distance, for which qualification takes place tomorrow. Shannon Jones, running her first WOC final, was another 39 seconds back in 41st place.
Julian Dent, the sole Australian representative in the men’s final, came 35th after losing some time early. The leading group of the men’s race was remarkably close, with only 4.5 seconds separating the top six. It was a Swiss 1-2 with Matthias Mueller leading Fabian Hertner, with Frederic Tranchand (FRA) an unexpected bronze medallist.
There was also Swiss success in the women’s event, as Simone Niggli won yet another gold medal, edging out Helena Jansson (SWE) by 0.7 seconds. Marianne Andersen gave the hosts their one medal of the day.
Full results are available at the WOC results page.