Saturday the Norwegian Championship in Sprint
was held in Stavern, close to Larvik, on the east coast of the south of Norway. It was a great event, with challenging courses and a compact arena.
The Qualification in the morning was mostly in forest and open areas. I tried to run a safe race without pushing maximum, and my biggest mistake was out of the 2nd control where I ran through a lot of dense vegetation before I came to the opening in the fence, and lost around 15 seconds. The result was a 3rd place in my heat, 4 seconds behind Babtiste Rollier. Results
The Final in the afternoon was held in a combination of streets, military area and forest. I ran a good race, and was satisfied when I finished, even if I lost around 10 seconds to the 18th control. When everybody had finished I was still leading with 8 seconds down to Lars Skjeset.
But then the organizers told me that they had seen me jump down the wall on my way to the 2nd control on a forbidden place. When they showed me on the map I understood what I had done. My plan had been to follow the wall to the place it was marked as allowed to pass (which is not so easy to see on the map), but I had done a parallel mistake, and jumped down too early. When I came down the wall (on wrong place compared to where I expected to be) I didn’t understand the map in the beginning, but just continued and was not thinking more about it. But when I realized what I had done I had no problems to agree that I should be disqualified, and Lars won the race. Results
It was of course stupid of me not to read the map better, but in sprint things are happening fast and you can’t be to passive if you want to fight for the victory. So the organizers could have put up some stripes where it was forbidden to pass the wall, since it was also three other who was disqualified for the same mistake as me. I could maybe have saved a few seconds by passing the wall where I did, but I was still one second behind the fastest split. Lars was 4 seconds slower than me on the leg, so it could have been even tighter between us.
Mathias Bjugan won gold, Elise Egseth silver and Tore Bjørset Berdal bronze, so it was a great day for Wing. But Norway’s biggest newspaper prefer to focus on scandals in stead of great result, so I still got some fame in the article «Norwegian Champion» disqualified for second year in row