Gristwood and Kinni fastest – Kauppi and Bertuks starting to move ahead of World Championships. Several top runners used the World Ranking race middle distance in Scotland on Saturday as preparation ahead of the World Championships in Scotland in July/August.
Graham Gristwood (Great Britain) won 1:18 minutes ahead of Edgars Bertuks (Latvia) with Alasdair McLeod (Great Britain) in 3rd at +1:43. Gristwood is starting to look like a real outsider for the World Championships on home ground – a man to look out for.
Above you can see the map from the men’s course (thanks to Øystein Kvaal Østerbø for providing map). The orienteering was not very tricky, with some parts being open with good visibility. Based on the old map from WOC this terrain does not look very relevant for the middle distance at the World Championships.
Below is a splitsbrowser view showing how Gristwood did a good performance for most of the race, but lost some time towards the end of the race. Gristwood’s speed was significantly better than Bertuks today. Bertuks did a better technical race, though.
Women: Kauppi fast when it works – some technical errors
Saila Kinni (Finland) won 18 seconds ahead of Minna Kauppi (Finland) with Merja Rantanen (Finland) in 3rd at 0:51. The women’s race was characterized by quite a few mistakes.
Kauppi had the best speed, but some big mistakes early in the course and some smaller mistakes towards the end of the course made her lose the victory. Kauppi does however seem to be very much on the right way – and now everything is possible at the World Champs in Scotland. Looking at the performance index Kauppi is way ahead of the others in this race.
Pictures @ Twitter by Østein Kvaal Østerbø
Hector Haines 4th, Nick Simonin 7th, Klaus Schgaguler 21st and Mårten Boström 23rd. pic.twitter.com/YCet2p4NBA
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