JWOC Long Distance
Finnish Olli Ojanaho won a second Gold medal at the Junior World Orienteering Championships in Rauland, Norway after a great race. Swedish Sara Hagström won a well deserved Gold medal in the women’s class after trouble on both sprint and middle.
On what was very tough terrain the courses today were always going to be a physical challenge given the amount of marshes on the map. As well there were some significant technical challenges as the analysis of the splits shows, with some fairly big mistakes being made. The JWOC long distance is a very challenging event due to the number of runners and it appears that starting later yesterday was a significant benefit with what must have been tracking in the terrain especially in the marshes.
Section of the map showing the long leg on M20 course
Matt Doyle was the best Aussie finishing in 41st place. Matt was wearing GPS so we could follow his progress and he had a very consistent run with only three small technical errors and his running speed was consistent. In his previous two JWOC Matt has finished 102nd (2013) and 88th (2014). He is making good progress in competing at this level. Henry McNulty after some early problem finished the course with very good running speed to be in 64th place.
Three of our women finished very close together and with only some small mistakes they had almost the same running speed. Winnie Oakhill 68th, Anna Dowling 69th and Hannah Goddard 70th. Winnie and Hannah are in their first JWOC so this is an impressive start to their international career.
Other results were Men: Aidan Dawson 104th, Jarrah Day 107th, Patrick Jaffe 117th, Simeon Burrill 123rd.
Women: Nicola Blatchford 75th, Lanita Steer 91st, Olivia Sprod 113th.
Today in the final event at JWOC- the Relays
The Aussie teams are: Men Henry McNulty, Patrick Jaffe, Matt Doyle.
Jarrah Day, Aidan Dawson, Simeon Burrill
Women: Winnie Oakhill, Nicola Blatchford, Anna Dowling
Lanita Steer, Hannah Goddard, Olivia Sprod.
The men’s relay starts at 5:00pm (AEST) and the women’s relay starts at 6:20pm (AEST).