Cloudy but dry and calm conditions for the Middle distance finals this morning. The arena has been changed around from yesterday with the start in full view of the spectators, athletes disappearing quickly into the forest.
The first A-final runner, Pranas Germanavicius from Lithuania in the men’s race, starts at 10.15. The first women's start is half-an-hour later. For the A-final there is a spectator control and a spectator-friendly run-in from a new direction with a loop to the finish.
Fans from many countries are making their way into the arena, and the atmosphere is building up as the B- and C- finals reach their conclusion.
Final start times in the A-finals are 12.13 (men) and 12.43 (women), with estimated winning times of 25 minutes. There are some fascinating fights to come in the hilly Gjern Bakker terrain today!