Wednesday, August 11, 2010

WOC 2010

Things are really beginning to hot up in the Irish camp at WOC. Sunday saw Nick compete in the Sprint finals to finish a fantastic 41st position. Two other team members missed out on qualifying by the narrowest of margins.

Monday was the turn of David Healy to impress as he qualified comfortably in the Middle Distance.

Tuesday saw the stars shine bright again as all Irish runners pulled out their best performances for the Long Distance qualifiers. Once again, Nick stormed around the course to finish in 14th position, seeing him through to his second final this week. Perhaps the performance of the day came from Niamh O'Boyle who fought hard throughtout the course to make up for missing out on the Sprint Final by a mere 9 seconds, and finished in a remarkable 12th position. Niamh had over a minute to spare. Our second Irish lady also provided us with an amazing run. Ciara Largey ran strong and smoothly throughout the course and was disappointed to miss out by just 16 seconds. A bitter blow to be so close in a long distance discipline. However, 17th is a great result at this level.

Andrew Quin finished in 24th position in his heat, with an impressive time, while David finished in 26th. You can catch a re-play of their routes here.

Don't forget to tune on Saturday to see Dave run in the middle distance final and tomorrow to catch Nick and Niamh battle it out amongst the biggest names in the sport in the long distance.

This has to be the most successful WOC tour Ireland has ever had. The relays should be highly entertaining also - they take place on Sunday