Oslo 2011: Update #5 – 15km Classic

It was another full day for the  service team today with four men racing the 15km Classic. Waxing was a bit tricky and the general consensus was that the Aussie crew did… okay. The results were a bit lower than we hoped for. Three out of four guys had good grip (with the exception of Callum), though the skis were a tad on the slow side. It could have been worse – a few of the top favourites were waxed out of contention, including a big blowout from the Swedish team. The race was won by Matti Heikkinen of Finland, which seems to be the nation who has really jagged the wax this last couple of days.

The places and percentages behind the winner were as follows:

Ben Sim – 59th, 11.80%
Callum Watson – 66th, 14.75%
Ewan Watson – 67th, 14.99%
Mark van der Ploeg – 71st,  16.81%

This was out of 77 starters, not including the 40 odd who didn’t make it through the qualification race last week. Ewan Watson was the Australian with possibly the best personal result today, his first time under 120 FIS points in a World Cup or World Championship event.

Tomorrow is the Team Sprint, and Australia will be represented by Ben Sim and Callum Watson in the second semi-final. There are 26 teams all up and 10 will go through to the final – the first three from each semi plus the next four fastest teams. It is probably too much to hope for Simbo and Callum to make it through – a top 20 result would be very good. But as they say in Scandinavia, “a relay is a relay” – meaning that anything can happen. Our main challenge is to deliver the boys some better skis than today.


One Response

  1. Congrats to all the athletes great effort. Have been enjoying world champs via TV in Finland. Yes the Fins know their waxes!

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