Tim Robertson: one year, one goal. Success achieved!

Posted on | July 22, 2014 | Category: Arena

Tim Robertson achieved his goal in the sprint race. Photo: Erik Borg

Tim Robertson is taking part in his fourth JWOC and has been at three senior World Championships too. What a talent he has; his goal of a Sprint gold medal has also been very high on his list for a long time. The Kiwi was third in the JWOC Sprint last year. Now he stepped up to the very top of the podium in Samokov.

The prize-giving was just where he had been for some hours earlier in the day. The quarantine zone was indoors in a sports hall. That was in some ways a plus, for during this first event at JWOC in Bulgaria there was a lot of rain.

When the last starters got under way there was a little bit less rain, and Tim did an incredible job. It was high-speed running in the streets of a very flat Samokov, with just 15 metres of climbing in the men’s class, and the 20 control sites were carefully chosen. Tim made only some seconds of mistakes. The victory was taken with a gap of two seconds. Not that much, but it is also enough.

“It’s unbelievable and amazing!” he smiles.

To have an excellent race in JWOC Sprint has been what he has been looking for for a long time. “For one year now it has been my main goal”, the New Zealander from Wellington says.

He also took part in WOC, but didn’t get to the final. He thinks that having JWOC still to come maybe had some influence on his WOC qualification performance on Burano island.

The winner has been looking at the street plan of Samokov on the internet to be prepared, but he feels this hasn’t at all been the most important thing for getting a gold. “We have a very good trainer and he has set a lot of challenging Sprint training sessions. That has been very good for me”, he says.

For the last week he has been preparing for the championships in Bulgaria. Before that he spent three weeks in Italy, and he isn’t planning to go home after JWOC either. “I will go for a training camp in Norway. That is preparation for JWOC next year”.

– You have even one more year left as a junior?

“Yes”, the 18-year-old smiles.

Piotrs Parfianowicz from Poland showed that he manages a big variety of orienteering in getting the silver medal. Last year he won the Long Distance. The Swede Anton Johansson was ten seconds after the winner in third spot, while the Finn Aleksi Niemi and the Belgian Tristan Bloemen shared the fourth place, just two seconds from a medal. It was really tight.

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