woc :: middle - simone & tero

Two years ago Simone Luder made orienteering history by winning all four WOC Gold medals in one week. In Japan today she came one step closer to replicating this feat with and amazing run to claim Gold in the middle distance. She towed her clubmate Jenny Johannsson of Sweden to a silver medal while Finland's Minna Kauppi took the bronze.

Helen Winskill ran strongly to finish in 20th position, while Mhairi struggled, finishing 41st, but still a highly creditable result to qualify for the final while still a junior especially considering the problems with injury and illness which have blighted her year.

In the mens race another legend of our time, Thierry Tero Gueorgiou stamped his authority on the race, winning his third successive WOC-middle title. The silver medal went to Denmarks Chris Terkelsen marking his return to international orienteering after the debilitating virus which inflicted him atfter his World Cup victory in 1998. Jarkko Huovila of Halden and Finland completed the medal rostrum.

Oli Johnson finally broke the top 20 at WOC, matching club mate Helens 20th position. Ewan McCarthy cemented his sprint result with a classy 27th position.

1 Simone Niggli 0:32:46.3 Switzerland
2 Jenny Johansson 0:34:59.7 Sweden
3 Minna Kauppi 0:35:50.0 Finland

20 Helen Winskill 0:40:33.8 Great Britain
41 Mhairi Mackenzie 0:47:17.6 Great Britain

1 Thierry Gueorgiou 0:33:00.3 France
2 Chris Terkelsen 0:34:32.0 Denmark
3 Jarkko Huovila 0:34:49.3 Finland

20 Oliver Johnson 0:38:07.1 Great Britain
27 Ewan McCarthy 0:40:12.0 Great Britain

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