WMOC, Hungary: 13 nations have Middle Distance champions

In extreme heat – mid-day temperature in excess of 30 degrees – the Middle Distance Final produced some close races. Women’s winners were from 11 different nations, with only Finland and Sweden having 2 champions. By contrast, the 13 men’s champions were from 6 nations in all.

Forest action in the Middle Final: Leokadija Brazauskaite from Lithuania finished 6th in W45A

Nine winners of today’s races also won the Sprint. These included the four classes with just one entrant: W85/90/95 and M95. All four – Brigitte Schmiedeberg (Germany), Sole Nieminen (Finland), Lena Nordahl (Sweden) and Adolf Kempf (Switzerland) – completed their courses successfully today.

Closest race today was in W50 where home athlete Agnes Wengrin was just 3 seconds quicker than the former Polish elite competitor Anna Gornicka Antonowicz. In M60, another former elite runner, Slovakia’s Josef Pollák, was second-best to Zdenek Zuzanek, Czech Republic, by 5 seconds. An impressive victory was that of Tatsiana Voveriene, Belarus, who won W35A by 5.51. In M75A, Finnish athletes took the top 4 places.

Udo Schindler from Germany enjoying his course despite the heat

After two days of solid sunshine and gruelling heat, tomorrow is a welcome rest day ahead of the Long Final on Friday – when similar weather is forecast.

Cover photo: Home athlete Agnes Simon on her way to a bronze medal in W45A. Photos: WMOC

WMOC Middle Distance Champions 2021

W35  Tatsiana Voveriene BLR

W40  Mojca Flerin Drevensek SLO

W45  Irita Pukite LAT

W50  Agnes Wengrin HUN

W55  Jana Smutna CZE

W60  Olena Rudakova UKR

W65  Lotta Linsefors SWE

W70  Jurate Uleviciene LTU

W75  Kari Timenes Laugen NOR

W80  Elli Pelkonen FIN

W85  Brigitte Schmiedeberg GER

W90  Sole Nieminen FIN

W95  Lena Nordahl SWE

M35  Ondrej Pijak SVK

M40  Øystein Kvaal Østerbø NOR

M45  Marek Prasil CZE

M50  Tero Heikkila FIN

M55  Conny Forsberg SWE

M60  Zdenek Zuzanek CZE

M65  Hansruedi Kohler SUI

M70  Tor Sorevik NOR

M75  Timo Peltola FIN

M80  Eric Bucher SUI

M85  Rune Carlsson SWE

M90  John Larsson SWE

M95  Adolf Kempf SUI