Men’s relay: gold at last for France!

Posted on | August 20, 2011 | Category: News

The men’s relay title went to France after a dominating and near-faultless run by Thierry Gueorgiou on the last leg, where he ran away from the opposition and set up a comfortable winning margin. Norway took the silver medals and Sweden the bronze.

The first leg ended with Norway (Carl Waaler Kaas) handing over first, followed closely by Estonia (Olle Kärner), with France (Philippe Adamski) and Italy (Klaus Schgaguler) a few more seconds behind. There was then a group of four runners 1.50 down on the lead: Hungary, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland, followed a little later by Czech Republic, Australia, Lithuania, Latvia and Denmark.

Norway (Anders Nordberg) got ahead early on the second leg, but France (Francois Gonon) and Sweden (Olle Boström) then caught up after a mistake by Nordberg. Soon after, Italy (Alessio Tenani) joined the group. These four teams were still not separated when they came to the arena passage, and made no significant mistakes on the loop before the changeover.

On the third leg France (Thierry Gueorgiou) ran very strongly and got a lead over Norway (Olav Lundanes) of 1.09 by control 6. Sweden (David Andersson) was 3.16 down on France’s time here, somewhat ahead of Italy (Michael Mamleev). Switzerland (Daniel Hubmann), 5th at the changeover, ran strongly and picked up a place by the arena passage, where Norway was 1.28 down on France. Thierry Gueorgiou had no navigational problems, or distractions of other kinds as in previous years, on the last part of the course and was joined by his team-mates for a joyous run up to the finish, to the acclaim of the huge crowd in the arena.

A record 40 nations have teams in the men’s relay, the final race of these Championships.

Leading results

1) France (Philippe Adamski, Francois Gonon, Thierry Gueorgiou) 1:53:48
2) Norway (Carl Waaler Kaas, Anders Nordberg, Olav Lundanes) 1:57:52
3) Sweden (Anders Holmberg, Olle Boström, David Andersson) 1:58:03
4) Switzerland (Matthias Merz, Fabian Hertner, Daniel Hubmann) 1:58:35
5) Russia (Andrey Khramov, Dmitrii Tcvetkov, Alexey Bortnik) 2:03:12
6) Lithuania (Vilius Aleliunas, Simonas Krepsta, Jonas Vytautas Gvildys) 2:03:19

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