The new and surprising Swede

Posted on | May 19, 2012 | Category: Arena

Jonas Leandersson is just 22 years old and without any big merits as a senior, but he made the European Championships sprint day terrific for the home crowd and for the whole Sweden by taking a surprise victory.

“I like it fast and I like to take fast decisions. The sprint suits me”, Leandersson said.

The young senior is the first champion from the home nation this week and the whole audience celebrated when he finished.

“I heard I was leading when I passed the arena during the race, but I knew there were a lot runners starting after me and when I was finishing I didn’t hear anything at all. It was great with all the public”, he said.

In the beginning of the race there was a lot of running on open fields and the Swede was a bit afraid that his legs wouldn’t make it  to the end, but it turned out that he had more than enough power. 

“It’s incredible”, Leandersson said after the race. “Until now my best results were a silver and a bronze at the Junior World Championships two years ago in Denmark.”

The young athlete studies physiotherapy part-time and uses rest of his time for developing his orienteering skills. He’s  originally from Karlstad in Värmland, close to Norway, but studies in Stockholm.

Jerker Lysell made the day even more Swedish by taking a shared bronze with Daniel Hubmann. But he wasn’t looking that satisfied after finishing.  “It gold that counts”, he said, “but I will be back in the World Championships in Lausanne in July.”



Jonas Leandersson is the new European champion in sprint and the winner of the third race of the World Cup this year.
Photo: Erik Borg



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