At the first race of the World MTB Orienteering Champs yesterday Emily Benham won the Middle distance Bronze medal in 54:06 for the 8.8km course, only 34 seconds behind winner Gaelle Barlet's time of 53:32. Having missed Middle distance Gold by 34 seconds last year in Poland, and by 35 seconds in Estonia in 2013, Emily was "both happy and disappointed" with her result.
Meanwhile Oliver Edwyn-Evans achieved a great 6th place in the Junior World MTBO Middle race (M20), bettering his previous results of 17th in 2013 and 12th in 2014. Other British riders were Natalie Creswick in 47th place (W21) and Adel Tyson-Bloor in 54th place (W21).
Today is the Sprint distance race, with starts from 11:00 and GPS tracking available at http://www.wmtboc2015.cz/sprint/gps-tracking/
Item posted by: Martin Ward. Photos by: WMTBOC2015.CZ