Another WMOC qualifying win by Jim Russell

Jim Russell took the honours for Australia on the first of two days of qualifying for the World Masters long distance, winning his heat in M50 and repeating his result from the sprint qualification.

Another Australian who looks to have an excellent medal chance in Friday’s final was Susanne Casanova, who took second in W35, claiming some notable scalps in the process.

Whilst no other Australians threatened the placings today, a number of others are well-placed to qualify if they can back up with another good result tomorrow, including Jenny Casanova (W35), Debbie Davey and Mary Macdonald (W50), Lynda Rapkins (W55), Ann Ingwersen (W65), Paul Liggins and Blair Trewin (M40), Grant Macdonald (M50), Ted van Geldermalsen (M55), Hermann Wehner (M85) and Paul Adrian (M90).

The second day of long distance qualification will take place tomorrow.