A great race for the Klingenberg sisters

Posted on | July 8, 2011 | Category: Arena

The Danish women are very impressive. On the middle distance there were two sisters among the best four. “There is not that many orienteers in Denmark, but it’s a good environment and there is others to learn from”, say the 19-year-old Emma and 17-year-old Ita Klingenberg.

The sisters gave each other a big hug at the flower ceremony. “I didn’t think my little sister was so good”, Emma smiles. “I had my best race so far. I almost can’t believe I could do so well”, Ita comments.

The older sister, Emma, won the sprint at Junior World Championships in Gothenburg three years ago. Last year she won the relay. Now Emma has two silver medals and one bronze from Poland so far.

Emma and Ita will be running together with Ida Bobach, who just won her third gold in these Junior World Championships, on the relay today. “But we will have to work for the victory”, say the three Danes. Ida had again an almost clean run on the middle distance. “I am glad that I won my first gold on the middle distance”, she says.

Tove Alexandersson, who had won the middle distance two years in a row, now took second place before the Danish sisters from Fyn. “Our father thought orienteering is a good sport and so we started it some years ago”, Emma says.  The girl’s father had got in touch with the sport in the army.

What is your secret of doing so well?
“I love orienteering”, Ita says.
“We have done the sport for a long time”, Emma continues.

Denmark also has strong female orienteers in senior level where Maja Alm and Signe Søes fight for the top places. “We are training together with them and Ida [Bobach] on camps and also learning from them”.

What a great result for Denmark: three women among the four best. From left: Ida Bobach, Tove Alexandersson, Emma Klingenberg and Ita Klingenberg.
Photo: Erik Borg

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