It was a good day for the hosts, along with Sweden and Great Britain, as the 2009 World Masters Games orienteering got under way with the sprint qualification at Macquarie University. Sweden led the way with seven victories from 24 classes contested, with the locals and the British taking five each.
Two of the largest victories went to Australians. Defending long-distance W35 champion Natasha Key was nearly three minutes clear of the small W35 field, but a more surprising big win was the two-minute margin that Su Yan Tay held in W45, ahead of 2009 American WOC representative Pavlina Brautigam. Hermann Wehner won the M85 heat, while Warren Key and Paul Pacque won their heats in M50 and M55 respectively.
In two classes New Zealanders saw off Australian opposition; Marquita Gelderman edged out Cath Chalmers in W40, and Gillian Ingham headed Anthea Feaver in W50, with Carey Nazzer making it a clean sweep for the Southern Hemisphere.
The finals will take place at Sydney Olympic Park tomorrow.
Results are available through the WMOC 2009 site.