The two first World Champions in Knock Out Sprint are the two biggest favourites ahead of the race – Tove Alexandersson (Sweden) and Matthias Kyburz (Switzerland). While Alexandersson took a very clear victory, running alone more than half of the race, Kyburz had to fight for his gold medal all the way to the finish.
Silver medals went to Megan Carter Davies (Great Britain) and August Mollen (Sweden), while Eef van Dongen (Netherlands) and Jonatan Gustafsson (Sweden) took the bronze medals. The biggest surprise of the day was clearly van Dongen’s bronze medal.
Split time analysis
Below graphical split time analysis of the finals and the semi-finals are shown along with comments on the race development.
Edit: Based on Pee’s comment below, it seems like the official split times are off with a few seconds, randomly distributed between different runners. This means that the split time analysis below does not show who is first on a control, but shows when a runner loses significant time. Sorry about that, but as GPS-accuracy is even worse, this is still the best we have except watching the broadcast in detail.
In the men’s final most of the field ran together in one big pack from the start, but notably Tim Robertson tried to take his own routechoices, without giving a big advantage. One of the big pre-race favourites Kris Jones lost 8 seconds on the routecehoice on the leg to the 3rd control, and never got into the lead again after this mistake. The decisive leg for the victory was the long leg to control 10 where the pack split up – Matthias Kyburz running the fastest routechoice to the left and deciding the race for himself here.
As we have seen many times before, Tove Alexandersson simply had higher speed than all here competitors and started getting a gap already to the second control – a gap which increased from control to control. Behind Megan Carter Davies run an impressive race, leading the rest of the field all the way to the finish. Eef van Dongen was right behind Carter Davies from the 4th control to the finish – with Simona Aebersold not far behind, but never managing to get all the way up close to van Dongen.
Kris Jones ran an excellent semi-final in the first semi-final heat, running offensively in the lead all the way. Matthias Kyburz was not as happy with his semi-final as with his final, not managing to get control of his race – but it was still enough to finish second. Adrien Delenne was not far off, but Kyburz took the second place which secured him the final due to his routine and fast finish.
In the second semi-final Vojtech Kral was in the lead most of the time, but lost time towards the end. Håvard Sandstad Eidsmo did what looked like a winning move with a speed surge to the third last control, but lost some time at the very end and had to let both Jonatan Gustafsson and Loic Capbern pass him.
The third semi-final was very tight, but all runners being within 4 seond all the way to the last control – and notably August Mollen falling and losing 4 seconds out fom the start. Tim Robertson had the lead all the way until the second last control, with Riccardo Scalet in second for most of the race. Robertson managed to stay in the Top-2 going to the final all the way to the finish, while Scalet lost a lot of time towards the end, with August Mollen accelerating and taking the victory.
In the first semi-final Tove Alexandersson set high speed from the start, and only Simona Aebersold could follow here all the way. Victoria Haestad Bjornstad navigated to the wrong control to the 6th control and lost a lot of time and the chance to fight for the Top-2.
In the second semi-final Megan Carter Davies run a very impressive race, keeping in the lead all the way from start to finish. Andrine Benjaminsen looked like she was in control for the final, being right behind or in shared lead with Megan Carter Davies until she took a wrong routechoice to the third last control and lost too much time to battle for a place in the final. Instaed Eef von Dongen sprinted to the final.
In the last semi-final the runners did many mistakes, and the lead changed several times. In the end Sarah Hagström took the victory ahead of Aleksandra Hornik (who was disqualified) and with Lina Strand in third (who then took a place in the final).
Maps and GPS-tracking
See maps from the finals and semi-finals below. GPS-tracking and maps from all races are available through the GPS-provider TracTrac. The courses had no forking or “runners choice”, but instead tried to use long legs with several routechoices to split up the runners. This worked well in some heats, especially in the finals
quarterfinal, but in many heats the runners just followed each other.
Men – overall
|4||Tim Robertson||New Zealand||7:28||3:49|
|6||Kristian Jones||Great Britain||7:31||3:51|
|7||Ralph Street||Great Britain||6:52||3:31|
|9||Havard Sandstad Eidsmo||Norway||7:08||3:39|
|10||Jonathan Crickmore||Great Britain||6:48||3:29|
|11||Eirik Langedal Breivik||Norway||6:55||3:32|
|13||Tomas Krivda||Czech Republic||7:02||3:36|
|13||Vojtech Kral||Czech Republic||7:12||3:41|
Women – overall
|2||Megan Carter Davies||Great Britain||8:24||4:18|
|3||Eef van Dongen||Netherlands||8:25||4:18|
|9||Ana Isabel Toledo Navarro||Spain||7:32||3:51|
|10||Tereza Janosikova||Czech Republic||7:42||3:56|
|12||Charlotte Ward||Great Britain||7:08||3:39|
|13||Victoria Haestad Bjornstad||Norway||10:09||5:12|
|13||Malin Agervig Kristiansson||Denmark||6:51||3:30|
|19||Miri Thrane Oedum||Denmark||7:26||3:48|
|19||Grace Molloy||Great Britain||7:42||3:56|
|19||Nicoline Friberg Klysner||Denmark||7:14||3:42|