Friday, August 13, 2010

Niamh and Nick come out on Top

Update from Ivan:

The Nick and Niamh fan clubs had plenty to cheer about in Grannasen ski-centre today. Ireland's two Long distance finalists had great runs in front of the thousands of spectators. Niamh came home in a fantastic 34th place in her race. She put all her Trondheim training to the good and ran a clean and strong race. Coming through the arena with a very tough last loop of 1.5km she was in good shape and continued hard right to the end finishing in style to the delight of all her supporters. A large Irish contingency were in Trondheim for the event.

The 9.9km womens race was won by the unstoppable Swiss runner Simone Niggli who captured her 17th World champs gold medal.

Then it was the men's turn. With Nick one of the earlier starters we could follow his progress through the forest with the excellent television and tracking coverage. Nick too had a strong race and performed admirably in what will surely be the first of many World champ finals for him, coming home in 39th position.

The home favorite Olav Lundanes was eventual mens winner, the 23 year olds first gold.

View full results here

David Healy runs in the middle distance final on Saturday and Sunday sees the excitement of the Relays – The Irish relay teams will be announced today – watch this space.