Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Sunday, September 15, 2002

Swedish classic champs


The Swede's had their classic champs today. Niclass Jonasson won M21 and Katarina Allberg won F21.

Allberg had a few interesting thoughts about her race, here is a bit of a newspaper story:

The champs was in hilly and tough terrain...a type of terrain that suited Katrina Allberg perfectly.

"The tougher the better," said Allberg....

Allberg won by 1:49...her winning recipe was to slow down.

"It was really difficult near the end. To avoid making a mistake, I slowed down a lot."

Several of the people I know did quite well. Anna Envall is ranked 18th and finished 10th. When I was mapping in Lund, I lived with Anna's family for a bit. Tina Junegaard is ranked 22nd and finished 16th. Tina was a clubmate when I lived in Stockholm. Johanna Svensson is ranked 126th and finished 25th. Johanna is a veteran of the Texas Junior O' Camp. I wonder if she'd credit training near Dallas for a strong Swedish Champs?

The next big race is the European Champs in Hungary in a bit over a week. I compared the Swedish the Swedish team to the classic champs results. Of the seven men on the European Champs team, only three ran the classic champs. They finished 5th, 12th and 31st. Of the six women on the European Champs team, five ran the classic champs. They finished 1st, 4th, 7th, 17th and 23rd. I don't know what to make of it, but if I were a Swedish national team coach, I might be a bit worried.

posted by Michael | 7:35 PM


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