Natasha Key has taken out the gold medal in the W35 long-distance event at the World Masters Orienteering Championships in Portugal on Saturday. After four successive second places on the sprint and qualifying days behind Finland´s Katja Honkala (who was fourth in the final), she chose the final to have her best run of the week, and was over two minutes clear of Cornelia Eckardt from Germany.
Australia´s other medallist was Maureen Ogilvie, who gave us our second W75 medal of the week. She took silver, just over a minute off the pace.
The tougher terrain of the final seemed to suit the Australians, with eight top-ten results in total. Warren Key narrowly missed out on making it two medals for the week when he was fourth in M45. Jim Russell was tenth in the same class, while Jeffa Lyon backed up her sprint bronze with ninth in W75. Blair Trewin also got a second top-ten result with eighth in M35, Paul Adrian was sixth in M85, and Hugh Moore held on to tenth in the fiercely competitive M60 class.
Results are available from the WMOC website.