The last two days in Oslo have seen the women’s 15km Pursuit and men’s 30km Pursuit. Though in the women’s race the fog was so thick the athletes were only spotted now and then. Esther Bottomley was 52nd in the 15km out of relatively small field of 56 starters. In the 30km Ben Sim was the only Australian to avoid being overlapped, finishing 62nd out of a field of 83. Continue reading
Today was the first medal event at the 2011 World Championship. Esther Bottomley finished 44th in the Freestyle Sprint, arguably Australia’s best ever result by a female cross country skier at a World Championship. The Australian men had mixed results with Ben Sim, Mark van der Ploeg, Nick Grimmer and Chris Darlington finishing 63rd, 70th, 71st and 93rd out of the field of 122 starters.
The opening day of competition at the 2011 World Championship and the Australian men finished in 4th, 6th, 11th and 15th. If only it was a championship event and not the 10km Classic Qualification race! The guys raced well, Mark van der Ploeg and Ewan Watson made it into the top 10 and qualified through to the 15km next Tuesday.
Tomorrow is the opening event of the 2011 World Championship in Oslo. Australia has four men competing in the 10km Classic Qualification race – Chris Darlington, Ewan Watson, Mark van der Ploeg and Nick Grimmer. There are 48 starters and our boys are seeded 7th, 12th, 14th, and 19th. The top 10 finishers tomorrow are eligible to start in the 15km Classic next week.