By Mark Etheridge
in Cali, Colombia
Michael Crone made amends for his failure to finish the sprint event of the orienteering action here at the World Games on Saturday when he ended 33rd in the distance event.
The Johannesburg medical student gave a good account of himself at the scenic and rustic Parque Salud on the outskirts of the city.
He clocked 44min 57sec for the course, just under 11 minutes slower than winner, Matthias Kyburze of Switzerland.
“I’m pretty happy with the way I went,” said Crone. “I slowed a bit towards the end and maybe lost about 20 seconds at control No31 near the end.
“But there were no major mistakes and I guess I just ran too slowly. In hindsight I should also have drunk a bit more fluid.”
As expected Crone had to watch out for the treacherous bamboo thickets. “It’s not the big bamboo but the little bamboo and we went through a patch with lots of thorns.
“I was actually quite pleased to be wearing glasses at that stage,” he said, sporting numerous little slices on his arms.
“I definitely prefer the city type terrain to the park but maybe this was a good thing as it exposes me to this sort of stuff.”
Meanwhile in the aerosports competition our lone competitor Chris Teague ended 23rd out of 36 competitors as American Curtis Bartholomew took gold in the canopy parachuting competition.
Teague was scheduled to jump at 2.30pm on Saturday but then organisers decided that only the leading nine contenders needed to jump.
Aerosport and orienteering were Team SA’s final competitors and the team will fly home with four medals ÔÇô ┬áone gold courtesy of the rugby sevens side, two bronze medals in lifesaving and one more in tug-of-war. That beats the two bronze and one silver medal return from the last games in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan.