It was a good day for Australia in the sprint at the World Masters Orienteering Championships in Portugal on Monday. Four Australians won medals, led by Natasha and Warren Key. Natasha was Australia’s best performer, repeating her qualification result to finish second in W35 behind Finland`s Katja Honkala. Warren had not been so impressive in qualifying but came good in the final, taking out the bronze in M45.
Australia`s other two medals came from the opposite end of the age spectrum. Hermann Wehner only just scraped into the A final but performed when it mattered and took bronze in M80, a result which was matched by Jeffa Lyon in W75. There were also near misses for Jim Russell, yesterday`s fastest qualifer, and Blair Trewin, who came fourth in M45 and M35 respectively.
The competition continues after a rest day with the first long distance qualifier on Wednesday.