Carey Nazzer has won New Zealand’s only gold medal at WMOC2017 taking out the W55 Long Distance final by just over 1 minute from Dorthe Hansen of Denmark. Silver medals have gone to Karl Dravitzki (M35), Carsten Joergensen (M45), Bill Edwards (M50), and Marquita Gelderman in W50, with Greg Flynn and Ross Brighouse picking up bronze in M35 and M70 respectively. Othe top 10 finishes from New Zealand athletes were Sarah Wright (9th in W40), Nick Harris and Neil Kerrison (7th and 8th in M40), Jenni Adams (10th in W45), Yvette Baker (5th in W50), Jean Cory-Wright (8th in W55), Jill Dalton (5th in W70), Michael Wood (6th in M70), Val and John Robinson (7th and 9th in W75 and M75) and Bunny Rathbone and Ann Scott (4th and 6th in W80).
In closely contested races in which many of the pre-race favourites dropped out of medal contention in the complex and varied terrain of Hedley Dunes, Karl and Carsten were in fact only 16 and 10 seconds respectively away from gold, with all three of the M35 sprint medallists failing to make the podium. Bill, finishing thinking he was out of contention, was also just over a minute behind Mats Nylund of Sweden. However, the closest finish was in M55 where Australia’s Warren Key wa surged down the long finish chute to take a 6s victory over Christer Skoog of Sweden. In contrast, Heinze keller of Switzerland and Unni Dirro Bøhlerengen of Norway had 7 minute margins in winning M75 and W80 respectively.
Overall WMOC2017 has been a phenomenal success and the entire organizing team and the many volunteers of all ages deserve credit for putting on a seamless experience of New Zealand orienteering. Full results are at http://wmoc2017.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/WMOC2017-Long-Final-RESULTS.pdf.
Top left: Start 1
Top right: Start Triangle 1
Bottom left: Jean Cory-Wright in the finish chute
Bottom right: M90’s discuss their splits