The Norwegian Kasper Fosser again showed his class with a win by 1.09 in today’s Middle Final. Isa Envall, Sweden won the women’s race by a convincing margin.
Isa Envall set the marker point for the women’s race from a position half-way through the start list, and towards the end in particular there were several runners who seemed as though they might chase her time down. Closest was Fiona Bunn, Great Britain, who took the silver medal with a time 0.54 slower than Envall’s. Tereza Janosikova, Czech Republic, winner of two silver medals in JWOC in the last two years, was in bronze medal position today.
Kasper Fosser dominated the men’s race much as he did in the Long distance. His closest challenger was Frenchman Guilhem Elias, who ended 1.09 down. Norway ended with two medals today, bronze going to Lukas Liland.
The courses were both technically and physically challenging with many steep slopes, and with the start and a spectator control in the arena, plus the big screen, there was lots to keep spectators on their toes.