World Masters Orienteering Championships: Six double gold medallists

Posted on | October 19, 2009 | Category: News

Three women and three men became double world masters champions, winning both the sprint and the long distance finals in this year’s WMOC, held in conjunction with the World Masters Games in Sydney, Australia. Four of them were Australians – Natasha Key in W35 (long distance champion in 2008 too), Jennifer Bourne in W55, Warren Key in M50 and Hermann Wehner in M85. Birgitta Thunell, Sweden won both titles in W70 and Michael Thierolf, Germany did the same in M45.

Rune Rådeström, Sweden, M65 long distance champion, won last year too in both sprint and long distance.

Long distance champion in M35 this year is ex-Danish elite runner Carsten Jørgensen, who gained a relay gold medal at the World Championships in Norway in 1997 and now lives in New Zealand. He won by 52 seconds ahead of home runner Grant Bluett.

The long distance final was held on quite special terrain – a series of deep valleys with many impassable cliffs, with numerous boulders, narrow passages and other rock detail, and few paths or other line features – appropriately named Carwell’s Labyrinth. It provided a technical and physical challenge worthy of the Championships, in warm and sunny conditions.

WMOC Long Distance Champions 2009

W35 Natasha Key AUS

W40 Cath Chalmers AUS

W45 Pavlina Brautigam USA

W50 Natalia Deconescu USA

W55 Jennifer Bourne AUS

W60 Patricia Aspin NZL

W65 Sharon Crawford USA

W70 Birgitta Thunell SWE

W75 Nesta Leduc CAN

W80 PellaRye GBR

M35 Carsten Jørgensen NZL

M40 Alexey Morozov RUS

M45 Michael Thierolf GER

M50 Warren Key AUS

M55 Paul Pacque AUS

M60 Andy Hemsted GBR

M65 Rune Rådeström SWE

M70 Rodrigo Slavins LAT

M75 Sveinung Bleikvin NOR

M80 Helmer Ekberg SWE

M85 Hermann Wehner AUS

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