Mittwoch, 5. Oktober 2016

Make long distance great again

If I was the GOD of Orienteering, I would make two  changes in regard of the long distance at WOC. These just to make the long distance the epic it deserves to be. Runners for the podium shall be allowed to show their best performance uninfluenced by other runners. Pack running is not part of the game. Indeed it is its spoiler.
fig.1. WOC 2016 winner Olav Lundanes at the run in. Followed by Daniel Hubmann (3rd) and Matthias Kyburz (7th). (photo: Jan Kocbach,
fig.2. Tove Alexandersson (1st) and Anne Margrethe Hausken Nordberg (3rd). In the background Sabine Hauswirth (10th) and Mari Fasting (7th).  (photo: WOC2016)

1) Folded starting field

If TV production really needs a 2 min. start interval, I would stick with the WRE-ranking to define start order but would fold  the starting field in half.

So instead of:
10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
There will be
5 6 7 4 8 3 9 2 10 1

That way the weakest runner work as buffers between the strongest and the runners going for the medals have a reasonable 4 min start interval...

2) Bonus Sprint

Then I would skip all sorts of butterflies but introduce a simple situate separator method called "bonus sprint".

This bonus sprint just separates the pack leader from the pack. The pack riders are sent to a minor running loop (without map) to give the pack leader a reasonable head-start. Meanwhile the pack riders get the estimated time the running loop takes withdrawn from their running time. (So: if they run to slow, they loose time. If fast the win some seconds; method described here)
So easy, Göran Andersson.  Wasn't it?