Against the best in Europe, Megan Carter-Davies reaffirmed her position as top ranked British athlete, reaching the semi-final of the Sprint Knockout competition and then coming 17th out of 105 in the individual sprint race. In a year hampered by lack of events and training opportunities, this is a fantastic achievement. The club, as well as the rest of Welsh Orienteering, are really proud of her outstanding performances. Racing in the historic town of Neuchatel in Switzerland, the complex layout and map, required incredible map-reading and route planning skills with little margin for error with races lasting only 7-8 minutes in the knockout and 18 minutes in the individual race. In the sprint knockout competition. she qualified fourth in her first heat, then finished 2nd in the first round and 2nd again in her quarter final heat to reach the semi finals of 18 girls with only 6 reaching the final.A difficult route choice meant she lost out in her semi final. Then the battle resumed again today in the individual race. Margins were tight and the course presented some really difficult and technical route choices. .
The map above with her course shows how challenging it was to navigate whilst at full speed. She completed the 4km course in 17.53 to put her in 17th place, 1min 43secs behind the winner, Tove Alexandersson from Sweden.