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World Champs

Show Profile  mick finn Posted: 1 August 2006, 9:08 PM  
anyone getting the karaoke version of the WOC song? Stand by for the crown prince and his tasmanian wife to present to hanny shortly - perhaps a new idea cover story for her in OZ

Show Profile  Marquita G Posted: 1 August 2006, 9:11 PM  
Unbelievable result for Hanny! How good is she???

Tania, what happened? Bad luck, we nearly had a cry too....

Show Profile  mick finn Posted: 1 August 2006, 9:44 PM  
Big commiserations to you Tania...awesome to the 2.2 km and only 24 secs off 6th place there, you had us on tenterhooks for sure

Show Profile  John Marshall Posted: 1 August 2006, 10:02 PM  
Big big commiserations... the "Maps and courses with split times" widget has times for Tania up to #13 -- looks like it went wrong in that last cluster of short legs, alas.

A couple of interesting snippets from the Text Comments section:

"Radio 2: Tania Robinson NZL is moving now after a bad start. 5th spot right now, but has picked up 5 sec on also strong running leader Lena E."

"Finish: Tania Robinson NZL has moved up in the field and finishes in 3rd place, but is at the same time coming up as mispunched - we have to wait and see.."

and about the disqualifications in the men's race:

"Troy De Haas, Martin Sirmais and Matthew Speake have been disqualified by the organizers after crossing an uncrossable fence."

Show Profile  James Posted: 2 August 2006, 12:15 AM  
Tania was on fire! After an okay run with few mistakes in the qual, she still qualified 4th!

Really looking forward to the final, she was amping! and began running really well once again. Nice and steady through the beginning of the race, making sure to stay in control, as it was a very tight and technical start to the race. Was in 25th place at control 5. Then started opening up some kick arse speed and was into 13th place at the spectator control (control 10, at 2.2km) then continued to run hard and was in 11th at control 13, next control was only about 90m away (circles on the map almost touching) and she ran past it and onto the 15th control which was again only a few metres away. So she had infact ran the length of the course, and taking her last few splits, would have taken 11th place.
What an amazing effort!

But that Hanny is just incredible! damn it was awesome being her to watch her knock simone off her pedistol

Its all good, now we look forward to jenni running the long final tommorrow, then Tan take on middle final on friday

Show Profile  Greg Posted: 2 August 2006, 12:20 AM  
Take note - "disqualified by the organizers after crossing an uncrossable fence."

Show Profile  John Marshall Posted: 2 August 2006, 12:55 AM  
Yep -- don't be crossing those uncrossable fences. Martins would have been sixth too. :-(

Show Profile  Kiwiclimber Posted: 2 August 2006, 1:37 AM  
Great results so far - all the best for tomorrow and Friday!

Show Profile  Andrew M Posted: 2 August 2006, 4:18 AM  
Good little article and pictures.

Show Profile  jeffg Posted: 2 August 2006, 8:44 AM  
Re uncrossable fences there's an interesting case in point if you look at Celine Dodin's route choice (#70 11th place in the routechoises list), which she presumably drew out on her map after the race. Check out leg 7. Has she effectively disqualified herself or does she need to be caught by race officials?

Show Profile  darren Posted: 2 August 2006, 9:36 AM  
Check out Khramov's route choice on the same leg. He lost 30secs to Claus and a massive 40secs to Emil. He ended up 12th 44secs back. Could have been 4th or 5th.

Show Profile  onemanfanclub Posted: 2 August 2006, 10:35 AM  
Daniel Hubmann (2nd by less than 10 secs)not only ran wide on the long leg, but actually passed a gate into the racecourse that would have given him a more direct route, on his way to a low crossable part of the fence! I wonder if he's noticed it yet...

Regarding awesome Hanny... has there ever been a "junior" World Champion before?

Show Profile  darren Posted: 2 August 2006, 1:24 PM  
Not that I can think of. Oyvin Thon, Petter Thoresen and Jorgen Rostrup all Norwegians were 21 when they won their first WOC's.

I know Hanny is a pretty special athlete, but it does prove that you don't have to spend 3-4 months a year in Scandi to top the world.

Show Profile  Greg Posted: 2 August 2006, 1:55 PM  
You might want to check with Hanny to do with how much time and training she has done in Scandi in the past 12 months

Show Profile  Alistair Posted: 3 August 2006, 1:06 AM  
Jeff - which uncrossable fence did Celine cross - it looks ok to me but maybe I'm blind?

Darren - Hanny has been here racing and training here for 7 weeks so far this summer and has been preparing for continental terrain and park races. There have been other instances of people performing well off less - maybe not gold but good reaults. I think she still has a little way to go until she can produce similar results in scaninavian terrain. top the world you need (as a minimum):
1. Lots of high quality competitive racing (which you get over here and not in NZ/Aus)
2. To be very very very fit (terrain dependant too).
3. To be very competent in the terrain you are competing on.

Most of the NZ team basically needs more of 1 & 2, and in the Danish case, everyone can master the terrain here pretty quickly.

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