The most important gold for Thierry

Posted on | August 20, 2011 | Category: Arena

In the relay Thierry Gueorgiou won the most important gold at the World Championships on his home soil. He managed to come first to the finish on the last leg.

“I have felt a bit sad that I haven’t managed to do well in the recent relays, especially for Francois Gonon who has been in the team every time, but also for Damien Renard and Philippe Adamski”, Thierry says.

At the World Championships in the Czech Republic he was in front on the last leg when he was stung in his mouth by a bee not long before the finish. He ended at the hospital instead of at the top of the podium. In Hungary he was again in the fight for gold, but when Martin Johansson from Sweden got a branch stuck in his leg, he stopped and helped him. Last year he was again leading, but he just didn’t see one of the controls on the map.

“So if I had to just win one gold at the Championships, this was the most important”, he says. Thierry started on the last leg just a couple of seconds after the Swede David Andersson. Philippe Adamski and Francois Gonon ran very well on the two first legs.

The last leg runner from France pushed hard from the start and was soon in front. The Norwegian Olav Lundanes was together with him at the first two controls, but after that Thierry forced a bigger and bigger gap ahead of both the Norwegian and all others. He was the fastest on the last leg and didn’t feel tired at all, and most important of all: this time all went very well.

During the race he was running carefully, but he made one mistake. What did he lose? 15 seconds perhaps; not very much. “I saw that there were a lot of mistakes in the women’s relay and got a warning to go safely”, he says.

This was France’s first relay gold ever at a World Championships. It was Thierry’s tenth gold.

“What will happen now? Will there be more World Championships for you?

“I don’t know. I have to think about it during the last part of the season. I have to find new things that motivate me to go on. If I go for more, I think I will do so for two years and therefore take in the Championships in Finland in 2013 too, the phantom says.

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