2005 Junior World Championships: Middle Final – More Stories

Posted on | July 13, 2005 | Category: News

His goal for the last four years

Ever since Switzerland was awarded the JWOC 4 years ago, Fabian Hertner has had a JWOC gold medal as his goal. Today he achieved a brilliant victory at middle distance.

– “This gold means everything for me. It has been my dream for four years”, says Fabian.

– “You were named as the big favourite. Did you feel a lot of pressure?”

– “I didn’t know I was the favourite, so I didn’t feel any pressure”, he says.

The 20-year-old Swiss runner from Basel won by a huge margin. He was 75 seconds faster than number two, the Frenchman Philippe Adamski. “It was a very good race. It was technically difficult and I often had to stop and read the map. It was important to know where you were all the time”, says Fabian. Last year Fabian was seventh in the long distance and took bronze in the relay.

Philippe Adamski was one of several French runners who did well in the qualification. A lot of the French girls were among the best on Tuesday. They were not among the very best in the final, but 11th and 12th for the two best were still good placings, and of course the silver for Philippe was a great result. The Finn Hannu Airila took the bronze. He was just four seconds ahead of the Norwegian Olav Lundanes.

“I want to have fun!”

Anna Persson’s goal for the middle distance final in JWOC was to have fun. The Swede certainly enjoyed herself – she is the new World Champion.

“What does it mean for me to be a world champion? I don’t really know. I think it will mean a great deal for me when I get home,” she says. She is from Skåne in the southern part of Sweden and is 19 years old. She started orienteering when she was ten years old. “My mum took me orienteering,” she says.

This spring she finished as a student, and in the coming year she will work on the family farm: they have 120 milking cows.

Last year she won a gold medal in the relay in the JWOC. “I went almost directly to the controls,” she says. Anneli Östberg, the Swedish coach for the junior women, thinks Anna won today because of her good preparation. “Anna is always thinking about what to do. She always has a strategy and she is calm and feels secure,” says Anneli. “I have trust in myself. That’s maybe the reason for me doing well,” Anna says.

The winner was aware of the difficult challenges and she didn’t run at her highest speed. “I was calm because I didn’t want to make mistakes.”
“What are your goals in orienteering?”
“I haven’t made plans, but as long as it’s fun I will continue,” she says. It could well be for many years!

The Finn Heini Wennman was only 8 seconds after the Swede. Australia’s Hanny Allston didn’t start very fast, but did well towards the end of the race and took the bronze. In fourth place was Helen Jansson from Sweden. Last year’s winner, she was the biggest favourite before the race.

Story: Erik Borg

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