Tuesday, July 02, 2013

JWOC 2013: Middle Distance Qualification without surprises

The sixty male and female athletes that will dispute tomorrow the Middle Distance's A final of the Junior World Orienteering Championships JWOC 2013 are found. A set of tightly contested races, where Rafael Miguel was the only Portuguese athlete to stamp the passport to the most desired final, thanks to the 19th place achieved at the M20A series.

With the qualifying series of Middle Distance, came to an end the second day of competition of this JWOC 2013. One day of great joy to some and frustration for others, the first to meet the A final, the others having to settle for the “solace” finals. The Radvanice map proved to be very technical, requiring to the athletes to run in half-slope, which would eventually be fatal for many present in these World Championships. Is in this case the Russian Andrey Kozyrev, bronze medal at Long Distance yesterday and today not beyond the 21th position in the M20C series. Are in this case, also, the Portuguese Vera Alvarez and Rita Rodrigues, respectively 23th in the W20A series with the time of 28:14 (1:15 for the final A) and 37th in the W20B serie with a score of 33:47 (at distant 6:02 to the A final).

As for the male series, note by the fact that they qualify 60 athletes from 26 countries for the A final, including some unusual names, as in the case of South Africa's Bradley Lund, the Israeli Yasur Nitsan or Moldovan Ivan Fomiciov. Portugal is also in this special list, whose domain belongs to Finnish (6 athletes), Czechs, Swiss and Swedish (five athletes each), thanks to the 19th place achieved by Rafael Miguel. Despite the physical break at the end of his race, the Portuguese athlete gave a good account of himself, and with the time of 25:15, achieved his primary goal, which was getting to the A final. The Latvian Rudolfs Zernis was the winner of this series with a time of 21:54, while the remaining two series had in Huber Sindre Rønning (Norway) and Thor Nørskov (Denmark) the big winners, with scores of 21:28 and 21:12, respectively. The Australian Brodie Nankervis fits the “mischance prize”, away of the A final by one little second.

Lisa Risby, Isia Basset and Lucy Butt, winners of the women series

In the women's sector, the Swedish Lisa Risby was again one of the major figures of these qualifiers winning the second series with a time of 22:32. After being one of the great protagonists of yesterday's race, the French Isia Basset returned to be in excellent plan, leading the first series with a time of 21:48. The third series, had in the British Lucy Butt the big winner with a record of 21:40. The 60 athletes qualified to the A final represent 21 countries, highlighting Czech Republic (6 athletes), Sweden and Finland (5 athletes each). A special word to the Spanish Marina Garcia Castro, winning a presence by her own right in the A final thanks to the excellent 13th place in the second series. Here the prize goes to the unlucky French Emilie Backscheider, ranked 21th in third series at two seconds of qualifying.

Tomorrow is the final of Middle Distance, in which the French Delphine Poirot and Remi Baudot will be the first starting, at 11:30 and 13:45, respectively. Rafael Miguel will leave at 13:55, one hour less in Portugal. Everything to follow at http://www.jwoc2013.cz/.

[Photo by Petr Kadeřávek / kade.cz]

Joaquim Margarido

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