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WOC 2014 Italia

Show Profile  onemanfanclub Posted: 5 July 2014, 10:40 AM  
For those who haven't already figured it out, World Champs start this evening NZ time with the individual sprint in Venice (hopefully organisers consulted tide tables when planning the event timetable!)

Qualification races go from 7pm our time to approx 9pm. With Immy in the women's first start bracket and Ross one of the last men out, NZ fans will want to be following from go to "wo!" ...and I've just accidentally closed the WOC link that I was going to post here - you're all smart when it comes to navigating, go to World of O and find your way from there!

Incidentally there's a tantalising line on World of O's "WOC 2014 all you need to know" page... "and highlights will be broadcast in... Australia, New Zealand..." If that's for real, does anyone know anything about that?

Show Profile  fraser Posted: 5 July 2014, 10:48 AM  
Start list is here:

The entire NZ team is racing tonight so good luck to all of them! Tim, Matt, Ross, Imogene, Greta and Lizzie.

Show Profile  onemanfanclub Posted: 5 July 2014, 11:01 AM

Show Profile  fraser Posted: 5 July 2014, 7:19 PM  
Live results:

Show Profile  onemanfanclub Posted: 5 July 2014, 8:08 PM  
Lizzie qualifies, 5th in the strongest of the 3 heats (less than 20 seconds between the top 7), 10 seconds down on Tove. Fantastic!

Imogene 21st, 36 sec away from the final, Greta 23rd, 37 sec from the cut-off. Rachel Effeney (3rd in her heat!) and Hanny Allston will be reperesenting Across The Ditch in the final, Emma Klingenberg and Judith Wyder might be the ones to watch in the final, after a demolition job in heat A.

Now for the boys...

Show Profile  onemanfanclub Posted: 5 July 2014, 9:15 PM  
sigh... that's sport I guess. Matt 22nd, 30 sec behind the cut, Tim 26th and only 23 seconds from qualifying. Looks like he dropped a little bit of time early, but whether that would have been enough to make the difference in a heat where not even the reigning world champ could get through...? Ross off to a flying start, 5th fastest early in the course - but wasn't to end so well.

Along with Bostrom, another former sprint world champ Andrey Khramov misses the final, so it can't have been very forgiving out there! Julian Dent will be representing the southern hemisphere. Yannick Michiels, heat C winner, showed that it isn't all about the major powers.

Show Profile  fraser Posted: 5 July 2014, 9:35 PM  
Thanks onemanfanclub. Yip, looks like it was fast and furious with the cut off time for all three heats to make the final under 50sec.

Summary of New Zealand's results:

I emailed the organisers about the TV coverage but they were unable to help any further other than they are sending out a daily highlights package.

Show Profile  onemanfanclub Posted: 6 July 2014, 2:52 AM  
A fantastic 13th place for Lizzie, on a course that looks like it would have favoured the faster runners, once the (admittedly tricky) route choice decisions were made, doesn't look highly technical. And after she held 2nd best time at the first split, thankfully the TV producers decided she was actually someone we should be watching!

Show Profile  fraser Posted: 6 July 2014, 8:16 AM  
GPS replay now available for all



Show Profile  svendp Posted: 8 July 2014, 8:56 AM  
Excellent video of mixed sprint relay (34 minutes)
commentary in swedish

Show Profile  fraser Posted: 8 July 2014, 12:40 PM  
I think the video through the live center is the same but with English / Italian commentary

The air punching system looks great.

Show Profile  fraser Posted: 8 July 2014, 5:10 PM  
Looks like Tue ran through the map change in the lead and did a Jamie. Ditched his map without realising it was actually a map flip.

Unlike Jamie he actually realised and still finished the race though, but it was an unfortunate mistake to make.

Show Profile  Greg Posted: 8 July 2014, 5:33 PM  
Thats because Tue was already at the taped route, unlike Jamie who had to go halfway across the map.

Only 34 swedish minutes long

Show Profile  blairtrewin Posted: 9 July 2014, 4:44 AM  
Didn't realise Jamie's Oceania 2009 exploits were still so well-remembered in NZ (I certainly remember them because I was at the scene of the crime and was wondering why on earth he was heading off in the opposite direction to the second map's start triangle).

On a point raised earlier, my understanding is that the reference to WOC being broadcast in "Australia and NZ" is that it's on an Italian sport channel which is part of an Italian TV package you can get if you have a dedicated satellite dish and shell out a fair bit of money. As far as I know that channel is not on Foxtel (Oz)/Sky (NZ).

Show Profile  Bryan Posted: 9 July 2014, 8:54 AM  
I watched about 25minutes of the video and as a purist
it was good to watch.

However, as a spectacle it has a long way to go.
There seemed to be little route choice and mostly a procession. Compared to actual runners, orienteers look slow more like cross-country skiers. I saw only a few places where runners split up and only one mistake in the arena (Tue). I'm sure the arena could have been made more interesting with spectator controls with possibilities of route choice/errors.

The GPS tracking and software to my mind barely got a passing mark. Runners went right through buildings
and it was difficult to see which route choices were made.
Also, at times the dots went off the screen (commentator at one crucial point said 'that's strange' and they had to go back to a live feed.

It would not take too much effort to improve this a lot:
- O-lynx to show more detail, times taken for each route choice
- Use of 3D digital terrain models (most cities have DEM data) to show buildings/change of height, fly-thrus
- even with the existing problems with intermittent GPS
data (with some data in the wrong place), it should be possible to create live feed software which takes the GPS data and estimate (pretty accurately I think) where a competitor is actually on the map (eg between buildings) and if the data is too far from a known route (eg off the map) then it could be removed.

The showing of the route choices for the long leg was great but there was not enough of it and no comparison with what was estimated to be the best route compared with what the runners actually took.

Show Profile  fraser Posted: 9 July 2014, 9:48 AM  
Hopefully they can come up with a solution to fix the GPS.

A bigger problem for the event as a whole might be having the race in a busy city. It was truly bizarre watching a stream of athletes run through with some members of the public seemingly oblivious to what was happening. There were a few shots of children or old women almost being bowled over and apparently a waitress lost a tray of drinks so not a good look.

A nice shot of Lizzie from Saturday

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