Sara Hagström: “I took some seconds extra”

Posted on | July 22, 2014 | Category: Arena

Happy winner with her gold medal. Photo: Erik Borg

When Sara Hagström passed the arena on the Sprint one year ago in silver position, it didn’t end that well. This year she again passed the arena in a good position, and this time it was a happy ending.

“It gives something extra to win after what happened last year”, Sara says. In Hradec Kralove last year the Swede heard that she was doing very well, got maybe a bit too stressed and made big mistakes towards the end and was disqualified.

This year it was a tight fight with the Norwegian Heidi Mårtensson, who also feels a bit Swedish since her father Jörgen Mårtensson is Swedish – and also with a lot of international medals.

Mårtensson finished second today, just five seconds after the Swede, who is from Falköping, just close to where the WOC for seniors were organised in 1989. This was six years before Sara was born, but she has of course been training a lot in the pine forests of the 1989 championships.

The winner ran a very safe race in the centre of Samokov. “I wanted to be accurate and make good progress”, she says. The hand-brake was a little bit on. “Sometimes I had an extra stop to check the map, and just used some seconds extra to be sure”, the 19-year-old says.

Even with the Sprint failure, last year she also had a very good championships. She took silver on the Long Distance. She has been at a high school for orienteering in Sweden, something that’s very normal to do there, but now she will give sport even better time. “I will take a year without studies”, she tells.

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