Laura Robertson has produced her nest international performance yet in finihsing 11th in the individual sprint at the World Games in Wroclaw, Poland. Although the World Games field is limited to 40, the majority of the top sprinters were present, albeit with only 2 runners per country rather than the 3 at WOC. Run round the city centre of Wroclaw the sprint featured a relatively regular array of streets with the complexity added by the accesses and exits to and from the courtyards of the old buildings, enhanced by the addition of uncrossable fences. With a start time in the middle of the draw Laura actually came in to the finish to take the lead, before gradually been pushed down by the later runners. New Zealand’s other athlete in the women’s field, Kate Morrison, a late replacement for Lizzie Ingham, finished 33rd. Tim Robertson in the men’s race, after having the 9th fastest first split at about one third distance, finihes 15th while Ross Morrison was 34th.
In the women’s race Maja Alm of Denmark, WOC champion for 3 years in a row, wasa convincing winner by 33 seconds from Elena Roos of Switzerland, and at present looks to be absolutely unbeatable over the sprint distance. Lina Strand of Sweden was 3rd. The men’s race was much tighter with Jetker Lysell of Sweden taking the win by only 2 seconds from Yannick Michiels of Belgium, but with a gap of a further 15 seconds th Switzerland’s Matthias Kyburz.
Men. 1. Jerker Lysell (SWE) 14:40, 2. Yannick Michiels (BEL) 14:42, 3. Matthias Kyburz (SUI) 14:57, 4. Ruslan Glibov (UKR) 14:58, 5. Martin Regborn (SWE) 15:10, 6. Soren Bobach (DEN) 15:11, 15. Tim Robertson (NZL) 15:37, 34. Ross Morrison (NZL) 16:44,
Women: 1. Maja Alm (DEN) 13:59, 2. Elena Roos (SUI) 14:32, 3. Lina Styrand (SWE) 14;39, 4. Galina Vinogradova (RUS) 14:39, 5. Sabine Hauswirth (SUI) 14:45, 6. Helena Jansson (SWE) 14:51, 11. Laura Robertson (NZL) 15:09, 33, Kate Morrison (NZL) 17:53.
The World Games orienteering continues with a middle distance tonight New Zealand time, with live tracking available on https://liveorienteering.com/. Start time (NZ time) for the Kiwis are Kate 7:44pm, Laura 7.46pm, Ross 9.46pm and Tim 9.52pm.