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JWOC Jaffe Files - Middle Final

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Well nearly everyone in the team had something to feel good about today – a more cloudy one that ended in rain and it has bucketed since about 5pm.  The Fin 5 events went before the JWOC middle finals.  Both days used the same ‘arena’ and today the A final had an arena passage that was 200m from the finish!  It was quite hard to see the finish and the run through at the same time and only the A final had the run through which was a shame.  The best way to follow the event at the event was on GPS tracking. There is no big screen in the arena and results are printed periodically and stapled old school style to a board! For those that don’t know the C final is shortest and the B final still shorter than the A.  The A has 2m staggers and all three have a chasing start with fastest qualifiers going last. The A final is the showcase and Oli Ohandro and Simone Abersole cruised home.  A few fancied runners made some nervous looking mistakes so watch the tracking of Joey Hadorn and Simon Hector!

The logistics for this are considerable. To give you an idea both days have used a car park nearly 2k from the assembly and on top of that I’ve had a 2.3k walk from assembly to the starts on the first two days.  Everyone seems happy with these arrangements particularly Mike Dowling who has a VIP car park pass and gets to park next to the arena!   The Juniors had  1.5k walk to their quarantine and then a 2k jog to get to the start from the marshalling area! They like to keep them guessing I guess!

Today used the area east and north of the arena so a completely different map and less constrained by out of bounds etc than yesterday. Plenty of low visibility green areas, plenty of felled areas, lots of lumps and bumps but not really big hills but steep enough.  There was a smattering of rock and they are selective in what gets marked and marshes that aren’t obvious. Its often soft and spongy under foot or small moss covered boulders and lots of low level undergrowth.  Its often hard to distinguish the small tracks from the elephant tracks that develop quickly (well its hard for me) .  But enough of the terrain lets get back to the races.

As Aston had mispunched yesterday he was first starter and blitzed the C course – well clear of the rest as one would expect of someone with a time fast enough to make the A final. He isn’t the official “winner” of C because mis-punching means he didn’t “qualify”. Toby and Jarrah showed much better form and finished second and third on the C course ( suggesting they would like to run the qualifier again). Caroline and Rachel had respectable runs in the girls B final and Winnie was quicker again.  Asha and Zoe had good runs. Asha was much happier with her 31.39 and 22nd place in the B final. She looked terrific on the run in suggesting she will get stronger as the week goes on.  Zoe continued her strong form for 17th and top Aussie honours.

Simeon B was happy with his sub 30m run in the B final for 28th which was many places higher than his qualifier. Patrick had another pretty clean run and was 10th fastest in the B final and reasonably satisfied with 26m 07 and looked better on the run in than yesterday. That was also a 15 place type improvement. Josesph D proved his day 1 run was no fluke running 26m flat to pip Patrick by two places and seven seconds.  8th and 10th in the B final was respectable and nearly everyone had much cleaner runs but NZ’s Nick Smith showed us up by winning the B final.  The Kiwis had 3 A finalists to cheer home so pinched the bragging rights.  

We drove Patrick and Simeon back to their base and it seems they remain a very happy team and looking forward to the sprint tomorrow.  My tip is that Aston will run with some purpose tomorrow and jarrah and Simeon might surprise as well.  Tarah might surprise in the girls and Asha and Zoe are confident so lets see.

I got full value from my course today. When it got vague, I got vaguer. I anticipated all the areas where I would have problems and then had problems.  I must be a slow learner but I sure am a slow finisher.   


David Jaffe

Tired supporter

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