2004 Junior World Championships: Swedish & Norwegian Juniors Win Middle Distance Golds

Posted on | July 8, 2004 | Category: News

Helena Jansson, Sweden, and Audun Bjerkreim Nilsen, Norway, were the winners of the Middle Distance final, the first of the finals at the Junior World Championships being held this week in northern Poland.

Jansson, bronze medallist at classic distance in last year’s JWOC, ran the 4.13 km course 1 minute 9 seconds faster than her closest rival, Radka Brozkova from the Czech Republic. Anni-Maija Fincke, Finland, took the bronze medal a further 22 seconds behind.

Audun Bjerkreim Nilsen, a 20-year-old student who runs for Kristiansand OK in Norway, won the men’s race over 4.61 km ahead of last year’s gold medallist at this distance, Matthias Merz from Switzerland, who was 25 seconds slower. The bronze went to Simonas Krepsta, Lithuania.

Leading results:

Women
1. Helena Jansson SWE 28.59
2. Radka Brozkova CZE 30.08
3. Anni-Maija Fincke FIN 30.30
4. Alison O’Neil GBR 30.42
5. Jorid Flatekval NOR 31.24
6. Noemi Cerny SUI 31.51
Men
1. Audun Bjerkreim Nilsen NOR 27.09
2. Matthias Merz SUI 27.34
3. Simonas Krepsta LTU 27.42
4. Martin Johansson SWE 28.04
5. Topi Anjala FIN 28.56
6. Johan Lindahl SWE 29.04


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