Oi Oi- Hanny 5th in Sprint Final at WOC 2015
“Every picture tells a story”
In an even more exciting Sprint Final today than yesterday’s Sprint Relay Hanny Allston ran herself into a brilliant 5th place in the women’s sprint final. Hanny who was the WOC Sprint Champion in 2006 at the age of 20 again returned to the podium at the World Championships. A fantastic result from Hanny who has backed up from the sprint relay yesterday to demonstrate her strength in today’s fairly open and fast sprint final. Hanny was in 11th place at control 6 and by control 14 for which she had the fastest split she was in 5th place. The remainder of the course was in the open area and her strength meant that she finished much faster than other runners. At the finish Hanny was only .2 second from 4th and she was .4 second in front of Minna Kauppi who was in front of Hanny all through the course except at the finish. The timing at the start and finish meant that the official results are to the nearest 10th of a second.
|1st||Maja Alm||Denmark (DEN)||13:32.5|
|2nd||Nadiya Volynska||Ukraine (UKR)||14:12.3|
|3rd||Galina Vinogradova||Russian Federation (RUS)||14:24.5|
|4th||Sara Luescher||Switzerland (SUI)||14:26.5|
|5th||Hanny Allston||Australia (AUS)||14:26.7|
|6th||Minna Kauppi||Finland (FIN)||14:27.1|
|7th||Rahel Friederich||Switzerland (SUI)||14:29.9|
|8th||Silje Ekroll Jahren||Norway (NOR)||14:42.8|
|9th||Julia Gross||Switzerland (SUI)||14:50.4|
|10th||Karolin Ohlsson||Sweden (SWE)||14:52.5|
Rachel Effeney, the other Australian in the sprint final, started very fast being fastest on control 2 and 4, eventually finishing in 31st place .8 second in front of Lizzie Ingham from New Zealand.
The winner of the women’s race was Maja Alm from Denmark who continued her excellent form from yesterday to be a clear winner by almost 40 seconds. In the men’s race the gap between 1st and 10th was only 14.7 seconds. Sweden had a better day today with Jonas Leandersson winning by 1.9 seconds and Jerker Lysell in 3rd place. With SI Air being used today and in all events at WOC the punching technique that the orienteers are using was crucial today particularly in the men’s event.
MENs Top Ten
|!st||Jonas Leandersson||Sweden (SWE)||13:12.1|
|2nd||Martin Hubmann||Switzerland (SUI)||13:14.0|
|3rd||Jerker Lysell||Sweden (SWE)||13:16.6|
|4th||Marten B Bostrom||Finland (FIN)||13:19.9|
|5th||Yannick Michiels||Belgium (BEL)||13:20.0|
|6th||Daniel Hubmann||Switzerland (SUI)||13:21.0|
|7th||Andreu Blanes||Spain (ESP)||13:21.8|
|8th||Kristian Jones||Great Britain (GBR)||13:24.1|
|9th||Soren Bobach||Denmark (DEN)||13:24.8|
|10th||Jonas Vytautas Gvildys||Lithuania (LTU)||13:26.8|
Tomorrow is a well earned rest day with the middle distance to be held on Tuesday. Austrlia will be represented in the women by Hanny Allston and Anna Sheldon and in the men by Simon Uppill and Lachlan Dow. The rest of the Aussie’s will compete in Day 2 of the Scottish 6 Day.
Photo’s courtesy of Adrian and Robin Uppill.