Ida Bobach ran a superb race to take gold in the Long race in Glen Affric today, with a winning margin of well over two minutes – Denmark’s fourth gold medal of the week. Mari Fasting of Norway took silver, her first individual World Championship medal, while last year’s champion Svetlana Mironova of Russia took bronze. This completed a magnificent performance from the Danish women, who won four out of the five gold medals decided.
In the men’s race France’s Thierry Gueorgiou put in a strong performance to take his third consecutive Long title. Daniel Hubmann of Switzerland took silver and Olav Lundanes of Norway bronze, with each of the three medalists winning the same medal they won last year. The great Frenchman has now won the last three WOC long distance events to add to his seven gold medals from WOC middle distance events.
Hanny Allston was by far the best performed Australian finishing in a very good 10th place in a time of 81:47 (6:12 minutes down). Hanny lost nearly 5 minutes against the winner on the three longer legs in the race- controls 5, 9 and 12. Laurina Neumann competing in her first WOC was in 47th place and Vanessa Round was in 50th place. Both Laurina and Vanessa lost large amount of time on a long leg- Laurina on control 12 and Vanessa on control 9.
In the men’s race Simon Uppill who was not feeling well during the race finished in 50th place and Bryan Keely was in 52nd place. Bryan had a steady run, not having any red controls.
This concludes WOC 2015 and in terms of the future there are two things which flow on from this week.
One is that unfortunately the Australian men will only have one spot in 2016 at WOC in Sweden in the middle and the long distance events as they have been demoted to Division 3. The points to determine this are based on the team’s performance in both 2015 and 2014 in the middle, the long and the relay.
The second is that at Extraordinary General Assembly meeting on Thursday the IOF has voted to split WOC into a “Sprint” WOC and a “Bush” WOC. No details of the exact format of the events has been decided nor has there been any decision about having qualification races or some other method of determining how many runners each country can have. I guess we just have to wait for this detail as the decision looks like it will be made this time next year. Much discussion to be had no doubt in many countries about the implications of this decision.