“Incredible – we did it!”

Posted on | July 21, 2012 | Category: Arena

On the way to the second last control Jan Prochazka got ahead of Olav Lundanes just as he had planned to do, and he ran into take Czech Republic’s first relay gold ever at WOC.

 It was a tough battle on the last leg in the relay and three men –  Jan Prochazka, Olav Lundanes and Anders Holmberg – were in front of everyone else. In the very last loop of the race it ended with a fight between the Norwegian and the Czech. Both had made a plan in advance to attack just before finishing.

 “I got some metres ahead, but before the second last control I was a bit unsure”, Lundanes says.

 “I had read very carefully where the last part of the race went when passing the arena”, Prochazka says.

 Dlabaja – better than expected

 Jan got some metres ahead and had a clear lead into the finish. It was time for Czech Republic’s historic relay win. There was great joy amongst the Czech team after the finish.

 Before Prochazka’s leg, Tomas Dlabaja and Jan Sedivy had run very well. In November last year Dlabaja started to work full time, but he has performed much better than expected this year. “I didn’t think I could get in the team”, says the first leg runner. Today it was a dream come true.

 Sedivy also ran well. “I had a good feeling. It went perfectly”, he says, after bringing the Czech team into the leading position.

 Just like the forests back home

 The last leg runner was in good form and really knew what to do. “The terrain is just like outside the door at home, Jan says. He lives in Brno, close to where WOC was some years ago. Originally he is from Prague.

 – How did you run during the last leg?

 “I knew there were a lot of teams close to me and I ran with high speed”, the anchorman says.

 The winners from the Czech Republic: Jan Sedivy, Jan Prochazka and Tomas Dlabaja

Photo: Erik Borg

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