Superb Czech men’s performance

Posted on | July 14, 2007 | Category: News

Had it been possible for two teams from each country to take medals, Czech Republic would have got two sets in the men’s class.

The first Czech team finished as winners. The second team took third place in the relay, the last competition at JWOC in Australia. Czech was among the best all the way. The first team had a gap of one minute to Olav Lundanes from Norway on the last leg. “I thought I could be passed by him and I didn’t really know if I was first or second”, says Adam Chromy, who ran the last leg for Czech. It was only at the first of the two spectator controls that he saw that Olav Lundanes was not far away from him. “And I noticed that we took a different route choice to the next control”, says Adam.

Adam says he ran quite slowly just to make sure he didn’t make any mistakes, but he had in fact the fastest leg of all in the relay.

For Czech it was a bit of a revenge after last year in Lithuania. There Czech had quite a big lead out on the last leg, but Vojtech Kral, who won the sprint in this championships, didn’t do so well. Czech ended up without medals. The poor relay run from Vojtech had its influence for the team this year: Vojtech had to run in the second team and he had a good race for them and ran into the finish as number three.

Norway took second place today; Olav Lundanes finished 1.10 minutes after Adam Chromy. Stephan Kodeda and Jan Benes ran the two first legs for Czech and all three in the team did well, as also did the three on the second team. Czech has a really great generation of juniors just now. The leaders think it was good for the Czechs with the good visibility in the forest at JWOC. In the CzechRepublic it is also easy to look ahead in areas with good runnability.

Of the six good Czech boys only two are seniors next year: Jan Benes and Eduard Smehlik.

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