woc :: sprint - bronze for gbr


Team GBR can celebrate it's first WOC medal since 2003 today with Heather Monro taking 3rd place in an exciting sprint final.

Five out of six Brits qualified again today with only Helen Bridle missing out. Then just four hours later they were back out for the final to challenge for medals.

Simone Niggli-Luder claimed her seventh World Championship and third successive sprint crown by beating Anne Margrethe Hausken of Norway by over half a minute. Heather finished a further 30 seconds behind her, beating the very fast Swede Emma Engstrand by less than 2 seconds.

Sarah Rollins finished in 15th position, another great result from GBR's queen of sprint. With Heather retiring this year she now has some pretty big boots to fill!

In the mens race Jamie could not replicate his winning run from two years ago, but finished in a creditable 14th place, two ahead of debutant Ewan McCarthy who was in the top ten at the prewarning but slipped in the final stages. Still a very fine result for a first-timer. Matt Speake struggled into 41st position.

After coutless cases of 'bridesmaid not bride' at the World Champs, Emil Wingstedt managed to find himself the form that has won so many European, World Cup and Nordic titles. Daniel "Red Compass Samurai" Hubmann took silver and Jani Lakanen bronze.

Congratulations to Heather and all of team GBR.

1 Emil Wingstedt 0:14:31.0 Sweden
2 Daniel Hubmann 0:14:41.5 Switzerland
3 Jani Lakanen 0:14:45.7 Finland

14 Jamie Stevenson 0:15:31.9 Great Britain
16 Ewan McCarthy 0:15:44.5 Great Britain
41 Matthew Speake 0:17:31.2 Great Britain

1 Simone Niggli 0:14:02.7 Switzerland
2 Anne Margrethe Hausken 0:14:34.4 Norway
3 Heather Monro 0:15:01.7 Great Britain

15 Sarah Rollins 0:16:28.5 Great Britain

DNQ Helen Bridle

WOC 2005 Online

Photo from henning@spjelkavik.net 8/7/2005

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