In today’s JWOC Sprint on a map which had some opportunities for route choice with some climb and on a hot day in Åmot, Norway, some of the runners struggled keeping up the speed towards the end of the course. Men’s winner Tim Robertson from New Zealand even said he had to walk in some of the climbs in the last part of the race. Tim winning the JWOC Sprint for the second year in a row. From all in Australia congratulations Tim on a great performance!
Watch an interview with Tim after the race
The Australians had some issues with the speed required to stay in touch with the best runners. Henry McNulty the best of the men in 51st place (2:09 down) had a consistent run looking at the splits, Matt Doyle after some small mistakes early ran better towards the end to be only 7 seconds down on Henry in 54th place. Aidan Dawson competing in his first JWOC was running very well early to be in 26th place at the first radio but he then had some problems with control 9 which was a longer leg back towards the arena with some route choice decisions to be made all the away along the route. He finished in 58th place (2:19 down), a very promising result from Aidan. Of the other men Jarrah Day finished in 79th place (2:54 down), Patrick Jaffe 94th (3:21 down) and Simeon Burrill 116th place (4:21 down).
The second leg on the men’s course (see map) was a leg involving some quick decisions as there were at least three different routes for this leg (see GPS tacking).
The Australian women struggled with the speed required to keep in touch and also there were some cumulative route choice decisions which impacted on their times. Winnie Oakhill in her first JWOC was the best of the Australians in a pleasing 58th place (3:16 down). Lanita Steer was in 75th (4:06 down), Nicola Blatchford 104th (5:23 down), Olivia Sprod 109th (5:47 down) and Anna Dowling 114th (6:33). Hannah Goddard had a time of 18:45 but is down in the results as a DSQ.
GPS Tracking is available for selected athletes including Henry McNulty and Nicola Blatchford
The World Of O has some great analysis of the winners performances.
Here is some analysis of the Australian performance- showing the time behind the leader. The question is how much of this is physical and how much is technical?
Later today will be the Middle Distance Qualification heats with the top 20 from each of the three heats going into the A final to be held on Tuesday. Live results and also the start lists for each heat will be available at 7:45pm (EST).