Several double golds at World Masters Championships

Posted on | July 10, 2008 | Category: News

Seven competitors at this year’s World Masters Orienteering Championships, held recently in Portugal, won gold medals in both the sprint and the long distance events. This is the first year that a sprint race has been included in the programme.

Three ladies achieved the feat: Gunvor Göranson SWE in W75, Astrid Andersson SWE in W85 and Elizabeth Brown GBR in W90. In the men’s classes, two of the double golds went to former World Championship gold medallists: Allan Mogensen DEN, World Champion in the USA in 1993, in M40 and Sigurd Dæhli NOR, a member of the 1981 winning relay team, in M55. Rune Rådeström SWE in M65 and Peo Bengtsson SWE in M75 were the other two.

The biggest win in classes with many competitors was that of Sigurd Dæhli who won M55 by 5.38. This year there were no very tight finishes, the closest being in M85 where Åke Svensson won by a margin of 31 seconds.

Long distance World Masters Champions 2008

W35 Natasha Key AUS

W40 Sarah Dunn GBR

W45 Anne Nurmi FIN

W50 Alida Abola LAT

W55 Christina Hjertson SWE

W60 Galina Vershinina RUS

W65 Birgitta Olsson SWE

W70 Unni Bøhlerengen NOR

W75 Gunvor Göranson SWE

W80 Signe Nyman SWE

W85 Astrid Andersson SWE

W90 Elizabeth Brown GBR

M35 Petri Noponen FIN

M40 Allan Mogensen DEN

M45 Reijo Bister FIN

M50 Ari Kattainen FIN

M55 Sigurd Dæhli NOR

M60 Veikko Loukonen FIN

M65 Rune Rådeström SWE

M70 Veijo Tahvanainen FIN

M75 Peo Bengtsson SWE

M80 Erkki Latti FIN

M85 Åke Svensson SWE

M90 Rune Haraldsson SWE

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