Junior World Orienteering Championships: Last minute drama before the relay

Posted on | July 12, 2010 | Category: News

Just one hour and five minutes before start it was decided that the double world champion Ida Bobach would take part in the Junior World Championships relay in Denmark. Later that evening, she went to the banquette as the queen of the championships.

The Danish girls have been preparing for the relay for almost a year. The three in the team, Emma Klingenberg, who won sprint at Junior World Championships two years ago, Signe Klinting and Ida Bobach, have all also known for a year that they probably will form the team if nothing unexpected happens. The only thing they had not decided was the running order, but when they heard that the two first legs were considerably longer than the last one, also the running order was easy to decide. Everything seemed to be in order.

A twist in the plans

But the unexpected happened: At the middle qualification, Ida twisted her ankle. She didn’t take part in the middle final and was also unsure for a long time before the relay. Just 65 minutes before start it was decided that the team would run as it had been preparing for for months. At the end, Denmark won the relay with a margin of 3:12 minutes to Czech Republic. Bronze was won by Russia.

The Danish girls fulfilled their dream: they led the relay all the way for big satisfaction for the home crowd. Emma Klingenberg changed over in lead to Ida Bobach, who in her turn sent Signe Klinting to the last leg almost five minutes before Sweden.

When Signe Klinting was warming up and waiting for Ida she caught herself thinking about how it would be to celebrate the victory if they won.
–But I got my thinking back to what was important: good navigation all the way, she says.

Signe did a good race and met her team mates a hundred metres before the finish. This was the first victory ever for Denmark in the women’s class in the Junior World Orienteering Championships. Danish boys won in 1995.


–This shows for youngsters in Denmark that it is possible to reach the highest level when living in Denmark. It shows also Team Denmark that we make results and we can hopefully get better support from them the coming year, says head coach Lars Lindstrøm.

Behind the victory there is always a lot of work, also mentally.
–A psychologist from Team Denmark has been working with us with things like how it will be to run in front of the home crowd and how to handle Danish media, Emma Klingeberg says.

The girl on the second leg with the hurting ancle had in fact a very good day in the forest also with the ancle.
–When I was running the leg it didn’t hurt at all, Ida says.
She didn’t have to lie with it high up in the air in the evening either.
–Luckily could I go to the banquette, Ida says.


Photos: Erik Borg

Coach Lars Lindstrøm and the winners: Ida Bobach (left), Signe Klinting and Emma Klingenberg.

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