Magne Dæhli: “the hardest pressure ever”

Posted on | August 27, 2016 | Category: WOC news

Magne Dæhli runs into victory                               Photo: Erik Borg

On Thursday evening Magne Dæhli was afraid that his World Championship week was over. But today he ran first into the finish together with his team-mates.

“This is the biggest thing I have ever done in orienteering”, the Norwegian anchor smiles.

He and his team-mates made up one of the teams seen as favourites, and it started incredibly. Carl Godager Kaas was alone in front of the field from the second control. He gave Olav Lundanes a gap of more than one minute. The Long Distance champion increased this to almost two minutes.

“The two other boys did an incredible job, but I felt nervous! It’s the toughest situation I have been into in sport, but it would have been even tougher if the gap hadn’t been so big”, Magne smiles.

The Norwegian anchor had a very safe and good run, but Matthias Kyburz (Switzerland) hunted very hard. At one control the gap was just 23 seconds. “I didn’t know it was so close”, Magne says.

By the end he had made the gap bigger again. That’s a bit normal. The Norwegian is normally stronger at the end of a race.

– On Thursday evening you were not feeling so well after you had problems with your stomach, and was wondering if your championship was over. How was your shape?

“On the Relay it was really good. When I was out training on Friday morning I could feel that everything was OK, and I was not afraid about my shape at all”, Magne says.

For Dæhli this was his first WOC gold. His father Sigurd Dæhli has also won the WOC Relay; that was in 1981.

For starter Kaas it was something really special with this race. He ended his top-level running career with this relay. It was a really perfect run. “I ran the kind of race that I have wanted to do for months”, he says.

“Our team members did just what they should. Ran well and created gaps when the other teams went wrong”, national coach Kenneth Buch says. Both Dæhli and Lundanes will go on for more championships.

The men’s race had three legs. The course length was between 6.0 and 6.4 kilometres. There were 15 controls on the first two legs and 17 on the slightly longer last leg: in total 47 controls.

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