A Coach’s Dream   4 comments

I've coached our teams in international championships 7 times (including 5 WOCs), and I've suffered on the finish line innumerable times, when our orienteers come out of the forest later than expected, or at least later than I had hoped. Sometimes I dreamed of the day when I would wait on that finish line, and no-one would disappoint me.
Today was that day (and may there be many more to come!). Neta started first, and after seeing the first results I was hoping for her to arrive at around 30 minutes. So I was very glad to see her blue and white colours appearing deep in the forest before those 30 minutes were gone, and she finished a good race in 30:26 – only 33rd place in her heat, but a great result for her. Her route is here.
Guy started 7 minutes later. I was expecting him in just under 30 minutes as well, so I thought that I had 2-3 minutes to get organised with Neta – but then he was suddenly running into the finish, in a fast time of 27:06. This was only good enough for 37th place in a very competitive men's race, but again is as good as we could expect from him. Well done!
We hoped Eran would be the first Israeli ever in a JWOC Middle distance A final, and by the time he started we knew that a time of around 25 minutes was needed. We weren't disappointed – he appeared at under 24 minutes, and finished in 24:31 and 13th place, easily into the A final. This is probably the best result ever by an Israeli-born runner, and he's not yet 18…
(No GPS route for Eran – he forgot to turn it on)
Tomorrow is the final, and all three of them will be trying their best again, but they've already made all Israeli orienteers proud of them.

Posted 08/07/2010 by dchissick in Uncategorized

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  1. Jan writes:PS! Congratulations with Eran – hope he decides to continue his orienteering career!

  2. Jan writes:I am surprised that the runners were allowed to run with GPS. Did they get a special permit for it? In EYOC runners were not allowed to run with GPS.

  3. Jan – my GPS units have no display, so they are allowed according to IOF rules. This was discussed with the organisers before the first race.

  4. Okansas writes:Nice results. Good luck in the relays!

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