Four Kiwis will line up in the middle distance finals at JWOC on Friday. After two tough days in the long and the sprint, Cameron de l’Isle squeaked through to the final in the last qualifying place in Heat 1by a mere 6 seconds, while in Heat 3 Joseph Lynch had marginally more room to spare in 19th place. The top performance in the men came from Max Griffiths who finished 11th in the same heat as Joseph, just over 2 minutes down on the French heat winner. Best performance, however, came from Katie Cory-Wright who finished an impressive 6th in women’s Heat 2 and was the only NZL woman to qualify.
The intricate mix of vegetation required constant contact to navigate through the maze of green and yellow, while maintaining good speed. Lara Molloy, who missed out on the final by 47 seconds in W-Heat 1, was one who felt she ran a clean race but was simply lacking in that last requirement.
Women Heat 1: 1. Zsofia Sarkozy (HUN) 23:56, 25. Lara Molloy 29:34, 32. Marisol Hunter 32;35.
Women Heat 2: 1. Veronika Kalinina (RUS) 24:40, 6. Katie Cory-Wright 26;59, 27. Jenna Tidswell 31:15.
Women heat 3: 1. Kristina Smirnova (RUS) 25:00, 40. Briana Steven 33:55, 47. Meghan Drew 38:14.
Men Heat 1: 1.Eric Langedal Breivik (NOR) 25:22, 20. Cameron de L’Isle 28:32, 35. Will Tidswell 31;45.
Men Heat 2: 1. Kasper Fosser (NOR) 24:46, 42. Callum Hill 36:29, 43. Daniel Monckton 36:44.
Men Heat 3: 1. Guilhelm Haberkom (FRA) 24;57, 11. Max Griffiths 27:10, 19. Joseph Lynch 28:32.
Meanwhile, there were no medals for NZL at the middle distance final at WMOC on Wednesday. Best performance came from Marquita Gelderman who finished 5th in W50. There were also top 20 finishes for Jenni Adams (15th in W45) and Ross Brighouse (13th in M70). Carsetn Joergensen, running under the Danish flag, was 12th in M45.