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Five GB athletes successfully qualified today for Middle Distance Final

In today's Middle Distance Qualification Great Britain qualified 5 out of 6 athletes to Friday's Middle Distance Final.

Jo Shepherd (5th); Cat Taylor (7th); Megan Carter Davies (10th); Ralph Street (6th) and Peter Hodkinson (9th) all qualified. Unfortunately Matt Speake (17th) missed out.

Megan Carter Davies
Cat Taylor

After the race the athletes talked about their performances.

Jo Shepherd
“I had a very careful and controlled race and I’m really happy with my technical performance. I didn’t push too hard physically so was surprised to finish so close to the top girls. It felt like the perfect warm up for the Long and Middle Finals.”

Cat Taylor
"I was pleased to get the job done and book a place in the Final. It wasn't a perfect race but I hope I have got my nerves out for the rest of the week."

Peter Hodkinson
"It's a difficult day because you can't win but you can lose so I was a little bit nervous. I was very careful and was slower than usual and made certain of my plans. The terrain was heavy going in some places and hard work running and I had the feeling I wasn't going quickly but the terrain is open and lovely and is what I expected."

Ralph Street
"I was excited to go orienteering today but a bit nervous before the start as this is the goal race for the year and I just needed to focus on my orienteering processes. As soon as I got the map in my hand everything was great. It was typical Norwegian terrain and what I expected in this part of eastern Norway."

Megan Carter Davies
"This was the scariest race of the week for me so I’m very relieved to have qualified. I’m happy with a lot of my race. There were a few times I tried to avoid big crags but went far too wide and lost time, so I’ll try to be more accurate on Friday. Looking forward to it!"

Peter Hodkinson in action
On to the next control
Ralph Street

Official Results are now available: 
All heats (Published 14:15)

Splits for each of the heats can be found here:
Men Heat 1
Men Heat 2
Men Heat 3
Women Heat 1
Women Heat 2
Women Heat 3

Congratulations to Jo, Cat, Peter, Ralph and Megan on your performances today and we wish you all the best in the World Orienteering Championships Middle distance Final on Friday (17August). 

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