11th in the world - that's a nice thing to be able to say. Something that even two years ago, I genuinely never believed I would be able to say.
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The sprint qualifier could have been quite an interesting start to the day. We had seen that there were was the possibility of a really tricky sprint as the campus had 3 levels on it and lots of stairs and entrances. However, with the assurances that it would all be obvious from the map and there would be no risk of protests, we guessed that it might be an easy course. Run hard, no risks, check the codes. That's pretty much how my race went. I raced hard but not maximally making sure I was fully in control. I was pleased to qualify in 6th position in my heat. Job done.
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Although I ran well, I wasn't very happy with my technical performance. I went out too hard at the start and lost time on a tricky number 1. I seem to have lost time on number 2 as well, I think a bad route choice made in a hurry. I got into a rhythm and picked up but then made another mistake on the way to number 10 where I missed a set of stairs.
|The tricky start|
A great day and a great result, but hopefully just another step on the ladder.