Prendergast impresses in JWOC Sprint

Australia got off to a fantastic start for JWOC with Aislinn Prendergast as the second starter for the day.  Her time of 15:26 was initially the leading time.  She was overtaken by Beata Falk early in the event, but maintained a good position as the later runners finished – coming 31st place overall.  Jenny Lönnkvist of Sweden blitzed the field to win in a time of 13:34, almost half a minute ahead of 2nd place – 14:02 a tie between Tereza Novotna (CZE) and Ida Bobach (DEN).

Provisional results for the Australian girls are:

31. Aislinn Prendergast   15:26
64. Belinda Lawford      16:44
65. Bridget Anderson     16:50
86. Lilian Burrill              18:03
88. Krystal Neumann     18:33
97. Sarah Buckerfield     19:30

Callum Fagg during the sprint race. Photo: JWOC 2009

Callum Fagg during the sprint race.
Photo: JWOC 2009

In the men’s race the Swiss Mathias Kyburz had a convincing victory over Czech Milos Nykodym. Of the Australians, Lachlan Dow recovered from a slow start to lead the way with a strong 41st out of a huge field of 174 starters. Josh Blatchford also produced a good result on debut with his 59th. The Aussie mens provisional results are:

41. Lachlan Dow     16:34
59. Josh Blatchford  17:00
98. Max Neve         17:56
126. Leon Keely        19:20
146. Callum Fagg       21:09
Oscar Phillips     mp

We expect to see confirmed results up on the JWOC Website shortly. Maps have been published on the World of O race report. Stay tuned again tonight for the Long Distance final.