WOC Knock-Out Sprint: four nations with 6 qualified
The first-ever World Championship Knockout Sprint takes place today in Fredericia, Denmark. This morning, the qualifying heats determined the 36 qualified for the quarter-finals, which will start with the men at 4:00 p.m. CEST.
Four nations qualified with 6 qualifiers: the Czech Republic, Great Britain, Sweden and Switzerland. Twenty-four nations in all have at least one qualifier – 18 nations in the women’s races and 19 in the men’s. Most of the fastest elite athletes qualified successfully, but Joey Hadorn, Switzerland and Lucas Basset, France missed out. One of the favorites for a medal, Tim Robertson of New Zealand, has just qualified in 12e place in its warmth.
The winners of the heats were: Women: Charlotte Ward GBR, Tove Alexandersson SWE, Simona Aebersold SUI. Men: Aston Key AUS, Jakob Edsen DEN, Matthias Kyburz SUI.
Jakob Edsen, Denmark on the way to winning their round
There are six quarter-finals for the men and for the women, with six riders in each starting at 6-minute intervals. The top 3 from each quarter-final advance to the semi-finals. The weather here is nice and not too hot – ideal conditions for racing and spectators.
Heat winner Charlotte Ward, Great Britain Photos: Will Hollowell/IOF
A full analysis of the qualifying results, nation by nation, is available on the IOF Live blog on this website. Full lists of qualifying results can also be found here.