Hubmann: “This was a real Relay gold”

Posted on | August 5, 2015 | Category: Arena

Daniel Hubmann won his second Relay gold at WOC, but there’s a big, big difference in the two victories.

In 2009 Daniel got the gold together with Matthias Merz and Baptiste Rollier. At that Relay Martin Johansson from Sweden hurt himself when he got a stick into the body on the last leg. Thierry Gueorgiou, Michal Smola and Anders Nordberg stopped their race and helped the injured competitor. Switzerland’s anchor came past some time after the Swede had to get help and finished as the first one on the last leg.

“I have not been proud of that victory”, Daniel Hubmann says, and thinks if everything had gone

well for Johansson there wouldn’t have been a Swiss medal. Three of the four amongst the first ones in the forest, Johansson and the helpers, would have run into the medals.

Now Hubmann can be very proud.

Switzerland won a smashing triumph. Already on the first leg Fabian Hertner got some seconds. He was in front all the way and in the very end he pushed hard. “I tried to get a gap”, he says. Daniel Hubmann had the second leg like he had in 2009. Last leg runner was Matthias Kyburz.

Normally the last leg runner has to decide how it shall go. This time the team ran so well beforehand that it was a different last leg. “I tried to run with control and orienteer safely, and also pushed hard. It was an incredible Relay”, the anchor says.

The winning margin was 1.50 minutes.

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