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Sprint Relay: Denmark retains crown

Maja Alm won her second gold medal in two days as she brought her team home to win by 16 seconds over Switzerland, with the bronze medals going to Sweden, 1.01 down on the winners.

On a hilly course that included an arena passage and a leg with key route choices over or round some open rocky terrain, the race at the front was close throughout. Lina Strand, Sweden, who had run in the Sprint Final yesterday, coped best with the varied challenges and gave Sweden the lead at the first changeover, closely followed by Russia and Denmark with Switzerland fourth. Fourteen teams came through the changeover in the first minute.

The second leg was dominated by a clear race between Denmark’s Tue Lassen and Sweden’s Gustav Bergman, with Lassen getting ahead by 13 seconds at the end of the leg. At this point Switzerland was 23 seconds down, and France had pulled up from twelfth to fourth thanks to a fine run by Frederic Tranchand. Spain also gained eight places on this leg.

Jonas Leandersson then took on Søren Bobach on the third leg, with the Swede being slightly the faster and getting ahead by 12 seconds to hand over to Helena Jansson at the final changeover. Switzerland with Martin Hubmann comfortably held on to third place. On this third leg the best race was run by Great Britain’s Kris Jones, who narrowly missed a medal yesterday. He brought his team up from tenth to fourth, just 37 seconds down on the lead.

Maja Alm lost no time in catching Helena Jansson on the last leg and was leading by the first control – the end of a long first leg. Judith Wyder was also running well for Switzerland and she too got ahead of Jansson. But catching Maja Alm proved too big a challenge, and Alm could run comfortably into the finish to an ecstatic welcome from her team-mates and the large Danish contingent of supporters here in Strömstad. Switzerland took silver and Sweden bronze, with Great Britain fourth, Russia fifth and Norway sixth.

Full results can be viewed on IOF Eventor, with GPS tracking, split times, maps with courses and much more detail on the WOC website

So Denmark has started the Championships as dominant nation in Sprint; next the Championships move into the forest, with the Middle Distance race on Tuesday near Tanum.

Leading results


Leading results

  1. Denmark (Cecilie Klysner, Tue Lassen, Søren Bobach, Maja Alm)
  2. Switzerland (Rahel Friederich, Florian Howald, Martin Hubmann, Judith Wyder)
  3. Sweden (Lina Strand, Gustav Bergman, Jonas Leandersson, Helena Jansson)
  4. Great Britain
  5. Russia
  6. Norway
  7. Czech Republic
  8. Finland
  9. France
  10. Estonia


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