Junior World Orienteering Championships: The young winner was surprised

Posted on | July 2, 2008 | Category: News

Before the event, Emma Klingenberg hoped that she would be among the 30 best. Now she is the junior world champion in the sprint distance.

The last starter Maja Alm was the Dane everybody expected a lot of on the sprint. Last year Alm was third in the sprint race. In the finish, the leader Emma Klingenberg could hear that Maja was more than 20 seconds behind at the radio control.

– I was very surprised to be faster than Maja, says Emma.

Emma is still only 16, but she already has experience of international events. She has participated in the European Youth Orienteering Championships and she has done orienteering since she was seven years old. Her club is Faaborg OK and she is from the southern part of Denmark.

Emma was an early starter, she wasn’t nervous and she didn’t feel any pressure. No one expected a lot from her.

– I could just run. I very much looked forward to run the sprint as it’s my best distance, she says.

In the women’s class, runners from six different nations placed among the eight best.


Emma Klingenberg became junior world champion at sprint distance.


Maja Alm congratulates Emma to the victory. Maja finished as number eleven.


The Danish spectators cheered loudly. The winner Emma Klingenberg said that she had heard the cheering a long time before she came into the finish.


Silje Ekroll Jahren, Norway (left), Emma Klingenberg, Denmark, and Jenny Lönnkvist, Sweden took the medals.


Zenia Hejlskov Mogensen also made a very good JWOC debut and was number five.

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