JWOC Middle Final

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On the same terrain as the middle qualification the courses again provided some typical Scandinavian technical challenges which were described on the World of O as

“The Junior World Championships Middle distance offered tricky orienteering – which gave very big challenges for the athletes. Many of the favourites got problems in the slopes around Rauland – the terrain offering many diffuse marshes and varying vegetation.”

Again it was a day for the Scandinavian runners – with gold for Finland’s Olli Ohanaha and Norway’s Anine Ahlsand. In the men’s class Swedish Erik Andersson (14 seconds behind) and Swiss Sven Hellmüller were closest. In them women’s class early starting Swede Johanna Öberg (also 14 seconds behind) and Swiss Sandrine Müller were closest.”

On a day with better weather than yesterday Australia had three runners in the A finals. Winnie Oakhill had a very consistent run with steady running speed- making a small mistake on control 3 (see graph). Another impressive performance from Winnie and she is certainly adapting her technique to the requirements of the Scandinavian terrain.

Winnie'splits

Winnie’splits

Winnie finishing in W20A

Winnie finishing in W20A

Unfortunatley Matt Doyle was DSQ after having what looked like a very good run in the Men’s A final. From the GPS it looks like Matt punched the wrong control 11. The rest of his run showed good speed with only a small mistake at Control 12. Patrick Jaffe after making the A final in his first JWOC gained some valuable experience competing at this level and finished in 57th place.

Patrick at the last control

Patrick at the last control

Anna Dowling competing in the Womens B final had a very consistent run showing good terrain speed with only a small error at control 7. See graph showing the Aussie women on the B final.

Aussie Women in W20B splits

Aussie Women in W20B splits

Aidan Dawson recovered well from his experiences in the qualification to improve his consistency. He showed very good running speed and was leading in the C final at control 7. He eventually finished in 8th place.

Aidan finishing in M20C

Aidan finishing in M20C

Other Australian results were

W20B- Heather Goddard 32nd, Lanita Steer 43rd, Olivia Sprod 44th, Nicola Blatchford 46th.

M20B- Jarrah Day 20th, Simeon Burrill 45th, Henry McNulty DSQ.

Results, splits and maps

Today is a rest day after three days of competition to enable the athletes to rest and prepare for the Long Distance event on Thursday.