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WOC 2015 Relay Women: Quick Analysis


When watching the relay as a spectator, it looked like Denmark’s second leg runner, Ida Bobach, was clearly the strongest runner in the relay as her second leg decided the relay – increasing the gap to the followers from 1 minute to more than 4 minutes.

However, looking at the split times, Denmark’s Maja Alm’s first leg race was on the same level – only some seconds slower than Alm.  Above is a splitsbrowser comparison of the three Danish runners. Note how Alm is less than 30 seconds behind.

First leg: Alm gets a gap


Maja Alm has showed earlier in this championships that her physical shape is excellent. At the relay she continued running fast, simply running away from everybody. The only one who had similar running speed to Alm was Russia’s Natalia Vinogradova. Unfortunately Vinogradova did a mistake in the “phi loop” part of the forking (shown below), following Alm towards Alm’s forking instead of approaching her own. Thus Alm could run alone to the changeover.



Another runner with problems in the forked “phi-loop” part of the leg is Norway’s Heidi Bagstevold – she did however have problems the second time they came through this area, also approaching a wrong control for a while, and losing more than a minute to  Denmark.


Sec0nd leg: Ida Bobach makes a big gap


On the second leg Ida Bobach took the opportunity offered by first leg runner Maja Alm, and run a steady race alone in the lead, increasing the lead minute by minute. In the end the lead was more than 4 minutes. Looking at the splitsbrowser, the runners behind did not do many mistakes, but rather lost time gradually, control by control.


Third leg: Triumph for Klingenberg




Out onto the third and last leg, Klingenberg has a big gap down to the other teams, but behind her there was a tough fight for the remaining medals. The below splitsbrowser zooms in onto this fight:


Here we see the fight for medals. Emma Johansson (red) started first of the teams fighting for medals, and managed to keep her lead until the middle of the relay. Here Hausken Nordberg comes past after a great catch-up operation. From here on none of the three top teams  manages to keep Hausken Nordberg behind. Minna Kauppi had a good race going for her, but lost time in the end. First to JWOC 2015 and then to a future big Czech event.


Maps & GPS-tracking

GPS-tracking will be available for free late tonight – this article will be updated with links to GPS-tracking then. For now here is a map with the women’s course.


1st 109:06 2 Denmark DEN 35:40 (1st) 35:11 (1st) 38:15 (5th) Maja Alm/Ida Bobach/Emma Klingenberg
2nd 112:08 4 Norway NOR 39:09 (8th) 36:56 (2nd) 36:03 (1st) Heidi Bagstevold/Mari Fasting/Anne Margrethe Hausken Nordberg
3rd 112:17 3 Sweden SWE 37:41 (5th=) 38:08 (4th) 36:28 (2nd) Helena Jansson/Annika Billstam/Emma Johansson
4th 112:41 5 Finland FIN 37:41 (5th=) 38:26 (6th) 36:34 (3rd) Saila Kinni/Merja Rantanen/Minna Kauppi
5th 114:14 1 Switzerland SUI 37:33 (3rd) 38:36 (8th) 38:05 (4th) Julia Gross/Judith Wyder/Sara Luescher
6th 117:49 9 Czech Republic CZE 37:43 (7th) 38:54 (9th) 41:12 (7th) Denisa Kosova/Adela Indrakova/Jana Knapova
7th 122:59 14 Latvia LAT 39:26 (10th) 39:43 (10th) 43:50 (13th) Laura Vike/Inga Dambe/Liga Arniece
8th 125:07 10 France FRA 42:19 (13th) 41:30 (11th) 41:18 (8th) Isia Basset/Lea Vercellotti/Amelie Chataing
9th 125:43 6 Great Britain GBR 45:20 (22nd) 37:58 (3rd) 42:25 (10th) Claire Ward/Catherine Taylor/Jessica Tullie
10th 127:18 21 Hungary HUN 37:38 (4th) 45:13 (16th) 44:27 (15th) Fanni Gyurko/Virag Weiler/Ildiko Szerencsi


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