Aston Completes Most Successful JWOC By An Australian

Relay:

Aston finished off a superb week with a top 10 finish in the Relay, bringing the Australia 1 Men’s team into 13th place. Starting off midfield at the handover from leg 2 to leg 3, Aston mowed down many of his competitors to complete another sizzling run in Denmark.

Next up – World Champs in Norway! We can’t wait.   Aussie Aussie Aussie – Aston Aston Aston!

Middle Distance Final:

The individual JWOC races are over for Aston, and he finished off in fine style with his third Podium, and 5th place, in a fast, intense Middle Distance final.  What a fantastic end to a fantastic week!  Congratulations Aston, we are all so proud of you.

Attention now turns to tomorrow’s Relays – follow the live action at https://www.jwoc2019.dk

Middle Qualifier:

Aston’s great form continued in the Middle Distance qualifier, where he made the complex terrain look oh so easy.  He won his heat by over a minute, and will start second last in tonight’s final.  Aston starts at 8.11pm AEST, so make sure you log onto the JWOC Live site and follow his progress – will he make podium number 3??

Long Distance Final:

Overnight, Aston Key proved that he is not just a Sprint specialist, by adding a Bronze medal to his Gold.  Aston finished third in the tough Long Distance race, beaten only by two Norwegians, one of whom was last year’s winner.  By accounts the course featured many large spurs and gullies, and a lot of competitors found themselves misplaced. The course planner also invited trouble by using several pivot controls mid course.

After a well earned rest day today, the Middle Distance qualifier is tomorrow, with the Final on Thursday. JWOC wraps up with the Relay on Friday.

Check the JWOC website for great recap videos, including a few familiar faces, and of course results, splits and photos from each race.

Sprint Distance Final:

Aston Key has become the first Victorian to win a Gold Medal at a foot race at JWOC, after taking out the 2019 Sprint in Denmark.  Aston led from start to finish, and was 13 seconds ahead of the second placegetter. His race was almost faultless, and it was so exciting to follow his GPS track, then see his name appear at the top of the leaderboard! After that it was a nailbiting wait for the rest of the field to complete their race, until finally Aston was on the podium receiving his medal.

Leave a message for Aston on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OrienteeringAustralia/

Read this article on World Of O: http://news.worldofo.com/2019/07/07/jwoc-sprint-maps-and-results-4/

And apologies to the FB poster whose inspired headline I “borrowed”!

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