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Junior World Championship Silver Medal for Bunn!

The medals keep on coming for Great Britain in Silkeborg, Denmark at the Junior World Orienteering Championships. Fiona Bunn will be bringing home a Silver medal from the Middle distance race at what is her last JWOC. 

All those who made it through to the A final from the qualifier yesterday had relatively late starts with the medallist Fiona Bunn setting off second last. 

In the men's race, Freddie Carcas was first off of the team heading out into the forest to deliver a solid performance to finish in 42nd in an extremely strong men's field. Alastair Thomas produced a strong performance on some tired legs to finish 25th overall. 

In the women's race, GB hopes were high after two medals from the first two races. Eilidh Campbell started well, in 15th fastest split at the first radio control but had a large error losing 11 minutes on one leg but held it together to not lose too much time overall. Grace Molloy had a poor start hitting the first radio control down in 33rd but set about reeling in the field for the rest of the course. She had another powerful run, this time alongside Elena Pezzati who pushed her all the way to the finish with Grace's final position 12th.

Fiona pushed hard all the way to the end
Fiona celebrating with her teammates

But the star of the show was Fiona Bunn who, in her last ever JWOC individual race, after 5 trips to the Junior Championships, stayed calm under pressure to execute a fantastic race for the silver medal. After winning her heat Fiona had clearly demonstrated the ability to put together a medal-winning performance in this world-class field but there were nerves. The past two medal races Fiona had started really well with some of the fastest splits of any athlete in the field but so far she had not been able to string together a full race. There was no such issue today as Fiona ran solid splits leg after leg with only ever minor errors and stormed through the final run in. 

After downloading to confirm all was well and a quick media interview which you can catch along with all the results and GPS on Fiona was mobbed by her teammates, so happy for her to have captured another British Medal and Fiona's first on the World stage.

Due to the protest at the conclusion on the Women's Long race, there were two podium presentations with British athletes today as Grace Molloy collected her second Bronze of the championships before Fiona Bunn got one of the loudest cheers of the day on collecting her Silver medal.

The Medal girls now have one more race to get up for before completing what is already the most successful Junior World Orienteering Championships ever for Great Britain. Tomorrow sees them join forces with Megan Keith to push for team glory in the Forest Relay. 

GB will field four teams the other women's team will feature Eilidh Campbell, Niamh Hunter and Laura King. Men's teams will be Freddie Carcas, Eddie Narbett and Alastair Thomas and a second team of Finlay Todd, Peter Molloy and Zac Hudd. 

Fiona and Grace shared the podium after today's medal ceremonies