Rahel Friederich – “Good to have a mixed team”

Posted on | July 8, 2014 | Category: Arena

Swiss celebrations after their victory. Photo: Erik Borg

Rahel Friedrich started the golden relay for Switzerland. She likes to compete together with men and now has got her first international medal.

The 28-year-old athlete, who lives in Winterthur, close to Zurich, had a good first leg in Trento and was followed up by good team-mates. Switzerland, one of the big favourites, won the first-ever Mixed Sprint Relay in a World Championships.

“Great with gold”, smiles Rahel. “Now I also want an individual medal!”

She took part in the Sprint in Venice and got a good sixth place. In the relay, Rahel ran securely and took some extra tenths of seconds some times. “It was very slippery and I was a bit careful”, she says.

Rahel likes the format of both sexes in the team. “Then we have to co-operate more than we are used to”, she says.

Martin Hubman and Matthias Kyburz continued with second and third leg and gave Judith Wyder a gap out on the last leg. She recognised that it wasn’t that big a gap behind her during the race on one hand, but also some metres on the other hand. “If I ran a good race I knew I could be in front”, says the individual Sprint champion from Saturday. The ‘anchor’ was in front all the way and finished three seconds in front of Maja Alm.

Just like Judith, Matthias Kyburz has also been an individual world champion. He won on home ground in Lausanne in 2012. Last Saturday he was fourth. “The individual gold is the biggest, but it was good to be back. In Sprint it’s very tight. I took a not so good route choice on Saturday, and I could have been on the podium also that day. For Switzerland it is also good to win. In individual Sprint we have been in front from the start. Now it’s nice that it can be the same in Sprint Relay”, he says.

For first leg runner Rahel the Championships are over with the sprint relay. “Banquet now? The celebrations have to be when the whole Championship is over”, the winner smiles

For Judith and Matthias the Championships continue already on Wednesday with the Long distance.

The Danes made some small mistakes. Saturday’s winner Søren Bobach had run into a shop instead of a small street. He had to turn around. Russia looked very satisfied with the medal.

Sweden was fourth. Helena Jansson on the first leg lost one of her shoes during the races. She had a lot of pain in her foot after finishing.

The Sprint Relay was the second competition at the Championships in Italy. The women had to find 14 controls on their 3.9 kilometres long course. The men had a course of 4.5 kilometres with 16 controls. The Course Planner was Simone Grassi.

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