It was another good day for Australia in the World Masters Games long distance qualifiers, with eight of the 24 classes being won by locals. For three of them, Natasha Key (W35), Warren Key (M50) and Hermann Wehner (M85), it indicates a good chance for them to add to their sprint gold medals. John Brock was especially convincing in winning his M65 heat by eleven minutes over the two days, while there were also wins for Paul Pacque (M55), Caryl Woof (W75), Ray Kelly (M80) and Liz Abbott (W50), who prevailed by 43 seconds after a close contest with Gillian Ingham.
Today’s Scandinavian bragging rights, in contrast with the sprint, went to the Norwegians, who took out four classes to two for Finland and one each for Sweden and Denmark. The other country with multiple winners was New Zealand, for whom Jason Markham led M40 and Patricia Aspin, returning after injury forced her out of the sprint final, won W60.
Unfortunately, two Australian hopes fell by the wayside, with Christine Marshall (W45) and W75 sprint gold medallist Maureen Ogilvie failing to qualify after mispunches in the heats.
The finals will be contested on Saturday. The area is adjacent to today’s but is expected to be more technical and generally more rugged, with many classes having shorter courses despite the longer projected winning times.
Results are available through the World Masters Games site.