Joshua Dudley running Leg 2 for GBR completes the final loop at the WOC23 Men's Relay
The favourite teams in the World Champs Relays, Switzerland in the Men's Race, and Sweden in the Women's, both had clear wins. So Daniel Hubmann did become the oldest ever World Champion (and no, he has not retired.) There were no big surprises. Both British teams finished lower in the results than they had hoped. In the men's race, run first, GBR were aiming for top-10 and were 17th (6 minutes off 10th). In the women's race GBR were aiming for top-6 and were eighth (3 minutes off a close tussle for 5th/6th.)
The GB Men's Team was Will Gardner, Joshua Dudley and Ralph Street.
The GB Women's Team was Grace Molloy, Cecilie Andersen and Megan Carter-Davies.
Top 6 in the Men's race:
Team Interview for the victorious Swedish Women's Team: L-R Hanna Lundberg (who established a good lead on leg 1 with her speed and route choice on the long leg - this is the route choice Grace refers to in her post-race interview with us), Sarah Hagstrom (who extended the lead), Tove Alexandersson (who took the final margin out to four and a half minutes)
Switzerland (Elena Roos, running her last intenational race, Natalia Gemperle and Simona Aebersold) were second. All the Swiss runners were second fastest on their leg. Norway (Marianne Andersen, Marie Olaussen, Andrine Benjaminsen) were third. Finland (Miia Niittynen, Maija Sianoja, Venla Harju) were fourth. The top-6 was completed by Czechia (Vendula Horcickova, Denisa Kosova, Tereza Janosikova) and Denmark (Cecilie Friberg Klysner, Line Cederberg, Miri Thrane Oedum) who had a close race.
"Will Gardner's Dot" up with the leaders on leg 1 (and Grace's is too on leg 1 of the Women's Relay) So some good TV time for British runners
The Arena, view from the direction of the last loop
Ralph has a post-race interview with the IOF, photo: Nick Barrable
Grace hands over to Cecilie
Cecilie records a post-race interview
Tereza Janosikova (Czechia) holds off Miri Thrane Oedum (Denmark) for 5th place in the Women's Relay
Men's Relay 1-2-3 on Stage (Legs 1-2-3 L-R), photo: copyright steineggerpix.com + woc 2023, by Thomi Studhalter
Men's Relay 4-5-6, photo: copyright steineggerpix.com + woc 2023, by Thomi Studhalter
Women's Relay 1-2-3 on Stage (Legs 1-2-3 L-R), photo: copyright steineggerpix.com + woc 2023, by Thomi Studhalter