USA team member
Jeeper SG said:9th BOINC Pentathlon - Day 14 - 18 May 2018
Day 14 - 18 May 2018
As we look into the faces we notice who tired and drawn they are. Once again, the last few metres will demand everything from the competitors. However, they’ve got to persevere as two disciplines are still outstanding.
The third Gold this year is going to SUSA who managed to cross the finish line at a comfortable pace. SG secured Silver with a brilliant final spurt and didn’t leave Team China a sliver of a chance. TC thus collected their third individual Bronze medal overall. Congratulations.
The final spurt of CNT turned out to be a bit meagre so that even #4 was wobbling. However, P3D didn’t pull it off on the home straight and had to contend with #5. [H] went over the finish line at #6 ahead of TAAT who at #7 stayed true to their form. AF (#8), OCN (#9) and RKN (#10) didn’t get scorched in the end.
LTT Forums finished at #11 in the field which was thus their best individual standing. Although Meisterkühler tried to intervene it didn’t make a difference for them in the end at #12. BOINC@MIXI managed to salvage #13 as BOINC@AUSTRALIA (#14) threatened with excess tempo. The same goes for Crunching@EVGA whose final spurt resulted in #15. In the end, neither 2ch (#16) nor BOINC.Italy (#17) were able to follow such concentrated power.
For BOINC@Poland rank #18 didn’t get torched because neither USA (#19) nor AMD Users (#20) were in a position to start the fire. In addition, both LITOMYSL (#21) and UK BOINC Team (#22) were able to cross the finish line in a relaxed manner. That’s not something the teams behind could do. On the home straight, BOINC Confederation grabbed #23 and gave BOINCstats (#24) quite a shock. And behind, Ukraine (#25) had a fulminant last day and gave Crystal Dream no chance.
SETIKAH cross the finish line at #27, followed by BOINC@Pfalz (#28). The expected attack by U.S. Army (#29) did not happen in the end. That allowed even Das Kartell (#30) to move closer. Chinese Dream arrived at #31 and didn’t seem to be getting on too well with GPUs.
What’s going to happen here in the next few hours? SUSA’s advantage is large and to catch up to them would be a feat compared to climbing Mount Everest. P3D (#2) are currently still trying to make the impossible possible. However, there’s serious danger behind in double measure. TC (#3) and [H] (#4) could potentially shake up the podium with a powerful final sprint and thus cause the Green Planet to quickly wilt.
SG should be safe at #5 as well as OCN at #6. TAAT (#7) can’t be sure yet that CNT aren’t going to decide to shake off #8 and AF at (#9) aren’t that impossibly far behind. The last team able to push their way into the Top 10 will be decided between MK (#10) and AMD Users (#11). Both are only separated by a whisker. Who knows, even RKN (#12) might still harbour ambitions, it wouldn’t be impossible. On the other hand, #13 seems to constitute maximum outcome for BOINC@AUSTRALIA #13. They’ve so far been able to keep USA behind them at #14 without any great difficulty whereby the Americans are almost completely exhausted standing up. Chinese Dream (#15) could still use that to their advantage.
Crunching@EVGA were already made to feel the power of the Chinese and currently find themselves at #16 and should at least not let BOINC.Italy (#17) out of sight. It might get tight on the finish line for the Ukraine, currently at #18, as BOINC@MIXI (#19) have powered a little closer. At this time, 2ch have secured #20. Behind are UK BOINC Team (#21), BOINCstats (#22), LTT Forums (#23) and Das Kartell (#24), all keeping together. The Brits have a small advantage, the trio behind don’t leave each other any leeway. The organisers would do well to calibrate the camera for the photo finish.
LITOMYSL are holding on to #25 and should be safe from Crystal Dream (#26). The Dreamers’ point of departure now looks a bit uncomfortable as BOINC@Poland (#27), SETIKAH (#28) and BOINC Confederation (#29) are all perfectly capable of an attack. This would be possible but not expected from U.S. Army (#30) and BOINC@Pfalz (#31).
It continues to be difficult to work out the standard track at the Pentathlon. SUSA lead and will most likely make the race safe with an expected spurt at the end but what’s happening behind? P3D cannot be assured of Silver as TC (#3) cannot be dismissed and SG (#4) and CNT (#5) have most likely still got their pockets full. AF #6 can enjoy the spectacle from the Rooster’s best vantage point. TAAT (#7) won’t most likely pose a threat and hope that [H] (#8) don’t return.
It took just one twitch of their muscles for RKN (#9) to whizz past OCN (#10), LITOMYSL (#11) and USA (#12). There appears to be no going back or forth for BOINC.Italy (#13). This gives the Italians a great spot from where to view the action behind them. SETIKAH (#14) have come under pressure from MK (#15) and who knows, maybe even BOINC@AUSTRALIA (#16) can get back into the mix. The kangaroos have just managed to rush past Chinese Dream (#17). Behind then follow Crunching@EVGA (#18), Ukraine (#19) and AMD Users (#20).
BOINC@Poland are currently at #21 and need to guard against BOINCstats (#22). And even BOINC@MIXI (#23), 2ch (#24), Crystal Dream (#25) and also Das Kartell (#26) will not be giving up quite so easily. The end of the field is led by LTT Forums (#27) who managed to slip past UK BOINC Team (#28). Lying in wait behind are BOINC Confederation (#29). The duo of U.S. Army (#30) and BOINC@Pfalz (#31) are clinging to each other and can see SETI.Bitola (#32) far behind them.
Have all the medals been allocated? At least Gold will certainly go to SUSA. Otherwise the distances seem large but as the City Run could get a bit chaotic, nothing can be dismissed at this stage. P3D will want to defend #2 but TC (#3) might want to put a spoke in their wheel. Even SG (#4) have still got a chance to win Bronze but will need others to help with that. However, CNT should do everything to defend #5 as [H] (#6) could still affect a change of places here.
TAAT at #7 must continue to keep an eye on AF (#8). On the other hand, OCN (#9) have lost a little ground and must put aside any further ambitions they might have had. RKN will most likely cross the finish line at #10. It’s looking good for MK (#11) but as BOINC@AUSTRALIA (#12) are beginning to excel at the City Run, it could still get pretty tight here. Behind, USA (13) and BOINC.Italy (#14) are only separated by one position which will make a long day for both. Behind are Crunching@EVGA at #15.
Neck and neck continue Chinese Dreams (#16), LTT Forums (#17) and AMD Users (#18). BOINC@Poland at #19 would be able to push up to their ranks but their previous performance leaves that in doubt. LITOMYSL (#20) have nabbed 2ch (#21) and removed themselves further from Ukraine (#22) and SETIKAH (#23).
Behind, on equal points, close together and fighting it out are UK BOINC Team (#24) and BOINCstats (#25). It remains to be seen if that continues or if there isn’t a split on the cards soon.
Das Kartell must fear for #27 as BOINC Confederation (#28) have closed in and are now in overtaking distance. Although Crystal Dream (#29) are trying to contain Confederation, it remains to be seen if they can succeed. U.S. Army (#30), BOINC@Pfalz (#31) and SETI.Bitola (#32) are bringing up the rear of the field.
What questions are left?
- Who will claim the medal in the City Run?
- Can [H] take Bronze in the Marathon?
- Must SG be content with sheet metal in the Overall Standings?
As you can see, it remains exciting at the BOINC Pentathlon.