Junior World Orienteering Championships: Stepan is a double gold medallist

Posted on | July 2, 2008 | Category: News

A year ago in Australia, Stepan Kodeda won gold in the JWOC relay. Now he also has an individual gold medal.

– It’s nice to win and it’s bigger to win an individual gold medal than relay gold, he says.

The 20-year-old athlete from the CzechRepublic is from Plze?. Last year he ran the first leg of the winning Czech relay team. In the sprint he came tenth.

The winner of the 2007 JWOC sprint distance Vojtech Kral is Stepan’s countryman. This year Vojtech was 24th.

Together with Denmark and Sweden, the CzechRepublic dominated the sprint but it was also good to see that runners from many nations did very well. In the men’s class, the seven best runners all came from different nations.

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Stepan Kodeda has punched at the last control and now only has the last metres left. The fast Czech runner is the new world champion.

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Johan Runeson, Sweden (left), Stepan Kodeda, Czech Republic, and Søren Bobach, Denmark, were the best in the men’s class on the sprint.

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Italian Andrea Seppi took a good fifth place.

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Artem Panchenko running into a sixth place.

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Timo Sild took the seventh place. Two years ago the Estonian won the JWOC relay in Lithuania.

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