woc :: sprint qualification

Helen Bridle capped another successful day of British qualifying with a splendid second place in her heat, while all the others qualified with relative ease.

Seventh places for Matt Speake and Graham Gristwood saw them comfotably through, while there was a nervous wait for David "BJ" Brickhill-Jones, making his long-awaited GBR debut. He was eventually confirmed in 14th place.

Sarah Rollins and Pippa Whitehouse also cruised through, in 7th and 10th places respectively.

Nopesport's WOC-live reporter Stewart Caithness was in action this morning: he finished 22nd in heat B, however his team mate Andrew Quinn qualified despite finishing in 16th place. A parked car obscured his view of a control costing him a few seconds which the jury decided cost him a qualification time.

There was heartbreak for Pavel Gvozdev of Israel, who took his third 16th place of this years WOC qualifiers, this time missing a place in the final by one second.

Elsewhere big names missing out were Ingunn Weltzien, JWOC medallist in sprint; Mikkel Lund, the Danish favourite and the Russian, Maxim Davidov amoungst others.

So from now on it's final time, medals are up for grabs in every race. After the relative disappointment elsewhere in the British summer sporting calendar and some below-par results at JWOC, will TeamGBR give us something to cheer about? Let's hope so.

More information at the WOC website.

More later from our WOC-live team.

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