IOF World Cup Long Distance Preview

| January 9, 2015

constable creek 4The final race in the opening round of the 2015 IOF World Cup will be conducted tomorrow, January 10, west of St Helens in the Long Distance format where endurance and route choice selection will be paramount. This is the “classic” format of orienteering and will be a sterling test of the competitor’s physical fitness.

The men will be racing over a straight line distance of 13.8km and the women over a straight line distance of 9.8km

Swedish world number one Tove Alexanderson, after dominant victories in the Sprint Distance in Launceston last Saturday and the Middle Distance at Coles Bay on Thursday, will be a heavy favourite to take out the trifecta of races in this opening round of the 2015 IOF World Cup. Her main challengers appear to be Thursday’s runner up, Norway’s Mari Fasting and world number 2, Denmark’s Ida Bobach. It will also be interesting to see if Saturdays Sprint Distance winner, the Swiss Judith Wyder, can bounce back from a disappointing run in Thursday’s Middle Distance race. Long Distance World Champion Svetlana Mironova and her compatriot Tatiana Ryabkina will be two others to watch in the women’s race.

The men’s race appears to be a race in two between world number 1, Norway’s Olav Lundanes and world number 2, Switzerland’s Daniel Hubmann. The other main challengers in the men’s race will be Sweden’s Gustav Bergman, Norway’s Magne Daehli and Hubmann’s team mates Matthias Kyburz and Florian Howald. Howald has been under the radar this week with two 4th races and will no doubt be keen to get amongst the top 3.

Australia interest will centre on how Tasmania’s Hanny Allston will perform in her favourite format and seek an improved performance after being disappointed with her race on Thursday’s Middle Distance.

Other’s to watch amongst the Australian team will be Launceston’s Brodie Nankervis who favours this format of orienteering, South Australia’s Vanessa Round and the duo of Julian Dent (NSW) and Simon Uppill (SA).

The World Cup competitors will commence racing at 10.30am. To reach the competition arena from St Helens town centre head west on Quail St to the T junction. Turn right onto Medea Cove Esplanade and travel 4.7km to Trafalgar Track. Medea Cove changes to Eagle St then becomes Argonaut Rd. Pass the Golf club on your right and then cross a bridge. 2km after the bridge turn left onto Trafalgar Track and follow for 4.4km. Turn left into Transit Track and follow for 4.2km. Total distance from St. Helens approx. 13.6km. Please park as directed by officials.

Please note that online coverage for tomorrow will be limited due to poor mobile coverage at the arena. OLynx Live updates every 10 minutes and possibly some text based Twitter feed.

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