Sheldon only Australian through to long distance final

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Anna Sheldon will be the only Australian representative in Thursday’s long distance final at the World Orienteering Championships. Despite some time lost on the last long leg, she had a solid run on the whole and qualified with a little under two minutes in hand, in 13th place.

Sheldon was the only Australian to qualify. Kathryn Ewels lost more than ten minutes at the third control, and while she was fourth-fastest from there to the finish, the deficit was too large to make up and she missed out by two places in 17th. It was also a disappointing day for Shannon Jones, who mispunched, although her time would not have qualified in any case.

Rob Preston ran steadily without ever really threatening to break into a qualifying position, finishing at the back of a close bunch in 27th place. Dave Shepherd, who is not 100% well, withdrew from the race to concentrate on his middle distance final on Saturday.

Tomorrow is a rest day before the long distance final on Thursday.

Full results are available at the WOC results page.