JWOC Relay: Almost like last year for Sara

Posted on | July 10, 2015 | Category: Arena

It was a remarkable last leg in the women’s class, but at the very end it again ended with a triumph for Sara Hagström and Sweden.

At the beginning of the last leg there were two Norwegian teams in front. Later, the double individual bronze medal winner Sandrine Müller from Switzerland was in front in the landscape dominated by marshes, but she made a mistake and in the very end it was again Sweden’s day. Just like last year, Sara Hagström managed to arrive at the Finish first.

“I was a bit behind when I started on the leg, and the goal was just to run my own race”, she says.

In the tricky terrain the Swede also made some mistakes, but the last-year junior and her team-mates finished almost three minutes before Switzerland. It was only at the very end of the last leg that she understood she was on the way to gold.

Sara also won the Long Distance, and so ended up with two golds.

One year ago it was very tight on the last leg between Norway and Sweden, but the strongest in the end was Sara.

She says to orientering.se that is she glad there was no tight fight this year since she was so tired.

Andrea Svensson ran first leg. “Incredibly nice with the victory”, she says. Svensson is from Norrköping, but she represents Tisaren because she has been at the orienteering gymnasium in the district for the club just south of Örebro.

Johanna Öberg on the second leg also got a medal in the Middle Distance where she was second. She is from the little club Ryda SK in the middle part of southern Sweden. Öberg has taken a route choice that’s not so useful for the best juniors in Sweden. “I haven’t been to any orienteering gymnasium”, she says,

From the autumn she will study in Uppsala. Both Svensson and Öberg have one year left as juniors.

The women’s relay had three legs with lengths of 4.8 to 5.0 kilometres. There were 17 controls on each leg. There was big variation in the terrain. The courses went through flat areas with open marshes, areas with more complex contours, and hillsides of varying steepness. The vegetation was mostly pine and birch forest. The marshes were semi-open. In smaller areas there was reduced runnability due to undergrowth.

The next JWOC will be in Switzerland.


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