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GB elites all set to compete in the Knock-out Sprint Qualification today

Today the World Cup with European Championships in Switzerland continues with the Knock-out Sprint Qualification taking place in St-Blaise. 

The qualification round is a shorter, individual start, sprint competition where it is all about to individually run a sprint course and have the top 12 best running time in your heat. All athletes are allocated to three different parallell heats, each with an estimated winning time of 8-10 minutes. The best 12 in each qualification heat qualify for the Quarter finals on Saturday.

Terrain
Urban terrain with smaller and bigger buildings and park areas. The old town of St-Blaise and Neuchâtel offers tricky orienteering in narrow streets and footpaths.

Race Starts
The First Start Qualification Men's race starts at 15:00 (UK time 14:00). 
The First Start Qualification Women's race starts at 15:45 (UK time 14:45).

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Knock-Out Sprint Qualification
Start Times for the GB team are as follows:

Mens Heat 1:
Thomas Wilson 15.24    (UK time 14:24)
LIVE GPS:  Men Heat 1

Womens Heat 1:
Megan Carter Davies 15.49    (UK time 14.49)
LIVE GPS:  Women Heat 1

Womens Heat 3:
Jo Shepherd 16.02    (UK time 15.02)
LIVE GPS:  Women Heat 3

Wishing the GB team all the very best as they compete today

British Orienteering wishes the GBR elite athletes all the very best as they get set to compete in the Knock-out Sprint Qualification today.

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The full start lists are available here:  Start lists

Live results here.

Knock-out Qualification
Format Qualification race with 3 heats in both classes. 1’ start interval with 3 runners starting at the same time.
The start order in each qualification heat is determined strictly by the order of the Sprint World Ranking as of 11 May 2021 (highest ranked start first). The top 12 runners in each heat qualify for the quarter final. In a case of a tie, the higher ranked runner in the Sprint World Ranking as of 11 May 2021 gets the better place.

For more information visit:  https://eoc2021.ch/en/home/

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