13 Australians qualify for WMOC long distance A finals

13 Australians qualified for long distance A finals at the World Masters Orienteering Championships after today’s second qualifying race.

Leading the way was Susanne Casanova, who reinforced her status as a genuine medal chance in W35 after remaining in second place after the two qualifying races. The other standout was Jim Russell, who was unable to repeat his victory from Tuesday but still qualified third in his heat.

Hermann Wehner had a better run today and finished 7th in M85, while Paul Adrian will go through to the final as one of five finishers in M90. Other top-ten qualifiers were Ann Ingwersen (6th in W65), John Hodsdon (8th in M70) and Jenny Casanova (10th in W35). A potentially interesting Australian contest looms in M40, where Paul Liggins and Blair Trewin both qualified 11th in their respective heats and will start two minutes apart in Friday’s final.

The remaining Australian qualifiers were Debbie Davey (12th) and Mary Macdonald (23rd) in W50, Lynda Rapkins (14th) in W55 and Val Hodsdon (18th) in W60. There were also a number of near-misses, perhaps the most unfortunate being that of Alex Davey, who was 7th today but had left himself with too much to do and fell two places short.