Run race ((orienteering)) 19:04  *** 3.4 km (5:36 / km) +30m 5:22 / km
WMOC sprint qualifier. A few times in recent years I've finished just on the right side of the cut line, but that luck ran out today - didn't really do anything wrong but wasn't quite fast enough on a not-especially-technical course. (Last year I was saved by the technical bit, being 37th in the first half of the course and 9th on the second). Ended up missing out by 30 seconds; normally I'd consider 3.50 down on Matthias Niggli to be a reasonably respectable result, but the depth here is considerable. (That distance behind would have got through in heat 2, but not in the insanely tight heat 1 where you needed to be within 2.20 to get through).
The setters made the most of the terrain they had, but there really wasn't anything much beyond left/right choices around irregularly shaped buildings.
Last time I was in a WMOC B final I won it by seven minutes. Don't think that will be happening tomorrow :-).
Won't blame anything on distraction caused by the Russian starting with me, who was wearing very tight shorts which made it evident that he was well-endowed. Reminded me somewhat of the Dave Culbert wobbly bits incident. (Google and Wikipedia are both disappointingly deficient on this; my recollection is that in one of the lead-up meets to the 1992 Olympics, a British official of reasonably advanced years complained that his clothing made his "wobbly bits" too visible).