For those of you that dont know it, WSM 06(Not IFSA) is taking place right now in Sanya, China. You can see up to the day news on ironmind.com. This year’s lineup is MUCH better than last years, which was weak on proven WSM talent.
Of course Marius P. is back and looking for a 4th, but it wont be so easy this year with a huge Phil Phister, Jeese Marunde, Arild Haugen(already took an event from Marius in the qualifications) Mark Felix, Ravis Visidis(sp), and Janne Vertinan all looking strong just to name a few.
The qualifying heats are as follows:
Group 1: Arild Haugen (Norway), Jessin Paulin (Canada), Don Pope (USA), Mariusz Pudzianowski (Poland), Mohammad Gharaei (Iran),
Group 2: Terry Hollands (UK), Jesse Marunde (USA), Dave Ostlund (USA), Raivis Vidzis (Latvia), TBD (China)
Group 3: Mark Felix (Grenada), Elbrus Nigmatullin (Russia), Phil Pfister (USA), Darren Sadler (UK), Janne Virtanen (Finland)
Group 4: Jarek Dymek (Poland), Boris Haraldsson (Iceland), Dominic Filiou (Canada), Tarmo Mitt (Estonia), Kevin Nee (USA)
Group 5: Magnus Samuelsson (Sweden), Josh Thigpen (USA), Slawomir Toczek (Poland), Sebastian Wenta (Poland), TBD (Norway).
Remember, two from each heat move on…
Group 1. Marius and Arild are in a demanding lead
Jesse is in the lead with a toss up to the last events of Ravis and Terry
Former WSM winner Janne V. seem back in shape and it will be a tough battle for #2 with Phister and Felix. This is by far the hardest heat.
Tarmo Mitt is in the lead with Dymeck and others VERY close.
Magnus is out with a bad back and Tozeck and Wetna? have the lead.
So, besides Marius winnig, which he will do unless he makes a huge mistake, who will finish out the top 5??