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JWOC Jaffe Files - Middle Qualifier
Wednesday, 12 July 2017
A few of you have asked me to continue with my JWOC blogging
of former years so here we go with some thoughts from Finland. The
weather has been great since we arrived and with hardly any daylight its nearly
10.30pm.. and I can still see clear blue skies.
We were fortunate to be asked to help transport some of the
team to the model map yesterday and the opening ceremony which, it has to be
said was a curious affair. The team had really enjoyed their camp by all
accounts and seem a happy group. The teams looked great outside Tampere’s
major theme park and then paraded through the theme park to a stage area.
Meanwhile the theme park continued in full swing oblivious to the affairs in
their midst. Perhaps the organisers were trying to distract from the
deputy mayor’s speech so watching people on the corkscrew ride and listening to
them scream was a pleasant distraction. We learned a little about Finish
culture from the hip hop dance troupe and for some reason Mike Dowling was not
asked to speak this year. Perhaps Mike should work on his hip hop? Now
Mike not speaking may have been a good thing given that the IOF has clamped
down this year and banned the traditional scantily clad facebook team photos
and “Top tens” after some form of complaint. Our team were a little disappointed
that their photo containing various stuffed animals may never see the light of
day but possibly that is a good thing.
Unlike previous years, day 1 of JWOC was the middle
qualification. Three heats for boys and girls, with top 20 in each heat
to the A final next 20 to B final etc. Roughly 55-60 in each heat but the
heats may vary slightly. Usually most countries hold some of their best runners
back for later starts so often it appears people are going to make it and then
they lose out. The expected winning time was 23m for boys and 25 mins for
the girls. So that meant qualifiers for the A final would need to be well under
30 minutes. This year a number of teams sent stars out early.
Finish favourite Oli Olijandro , back from WOC last week, flew round in 21.30
and jogged the run in. He looked amazing. Perhaps more a sure thing
than a good thing.
Our first finishers were JWOC newbies Toby and Caroline and
both had times in the 30’s. Joe Dickinson from Tassie was also at his
first JWOC and had a very clean run to come back in 27 46 which seemed
like a good run and on the fringes of A final qualification. Tara Melhuish next
in but also in the 30’s. We managed to watch the sat tracking on Patrick and he
seemed to run pretty clean after a cautious start. He seemed happy with his run
but was 45s down on Joe’s time on the same course but 28 30 seemed Ok. My
initial reaction was that he was about a minute off an A qualifying time but he
was much happier than last year and only 5 minutes down on the leader of his
course. Zoe Dowling had a very clean run and as she finished looked the most
likely to qualify. Her time of 31 01 was looking OK. Simeon also
broke 30 minutes.
Next Vic was Aston and as we tracked him he was closing on
Ed Cory Wright and seemed on for a mid 20’s run. He’s been training and
racing in Europe for three weeks and the reports from training camp were
promising. As he finished his time looked like a clear qualifier but then it
emerged he had mis-punched. He’d been to the wrong control and others mentioned
they had also seen this control as it was the most visible. Unfortunately that
continues the not so great tradition of Aussie JWOC mispunches…not a good
Asha was off quite late and came in looking really strong
but she told us she’d had problems with one control and lost quite a lot of
time but was clean everywhere else. Her time of 37 08 put her in the B final.
Winnie also came back with a time in the 30’s as did Jarrah. Fairly late on it
still looked like Zoe and Joe had slim hopes of an A final birth but Joe turned
out to be 22nd and Zoe 25th about 90 seconds from
qualifying. Just to compare, Patrick was 28th and it was
very tight on the boys. For example Patrick was a bit over a minute from
20th . Not a bad thing.
The kiwi’s got 3 A finalists this year and we’ll have to
cheer them instead. Tommy, Devon and Danielle. The Brits also have a few
stars. The Fins even have printed cut outs of each of their team who also
adorn posters etc. They are stars. It will be interesting to see the final
As for me well my brain exploded as soon as I picked up my
map and for about the next ten minutes I had less of a plan than the Turnbull
Tomorrow is another day and hopefully a good thing!
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Saturday, 11 November 2017
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Monday, 6 November 2017
CHANGED START LOCATION - Heidelberg Central, Thursday November 9
Friday, 3 November 2017
Next Vic MTBO event – Muckleford – Sunday 19 November
Tuesday, 31 October 2017
Thursday, 26 October 2017
Sprint Into Spring Race 4, RMIT Bundoora, Saturday November 11
Saturday, 21 October 2017
Summer Series Gets Underway
Friday, 20 October 2017
Tuesday, 10 October 2017
Friday, 6 October 2017
Sprint Into Spring Back With A Bang
Wednesday, 4 October 2017
Farewell Winter, Hello Summer!
Wednesday, 4 October 2017
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Saturday, 30 September 2017
Next Vic MTBO event – Woodend, 22 October
Thursday, 28 September 2017
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