Oceania Middle – another WOC place for Lizzie, 4 Kiwis on the elite podium
By Malcolm Ingham - Wed 11 Jan 2023 5:51pm

The intricate tin mining terrain at Hunt Tin Mine presented a very different challenge for today’s Oceania Middle Distance, but yielded the best results of the week for the small NZL contingent. Lizzie Ingham again led the way with a 2 minute win in W21E to gain a personal place in the WOC middle distance in Switzerland, but Kaia Joergensen, Toby Scott and Zefa Fa’avae also had top 6 finishes to get places on the championship podium.

Kaia started 6 minutes in front of Lizzie and the two finished together with Kaia taking 6th place. Zefa had an early start and took the lead until Toby, after his disappointment in the long distance, displaced him at the top of the field. The win ultimately went to Aston Key, the winner of Monday;s long, who won by 50s from visiting Brit Jim Bailey. Toby and Zefa been pushed into 4th and 5th in the final results (3rd and 4th Oceania).

In M20 Felix Hunt finally hit his straps and was another who held the lead for quitr some time before being pushed down to 4th. Ryan Moore was about 5 minutes behind Felix in 10th. Zara Stewart also had her best run of the week finishing 6th, but 4th Oceania runner, in W20. Tide Fa’avae continued her impressive run with 8th (6th Oceania) place, with Katherine Babington 10th.

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