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"Rarely has a gold medal been so well deserved"


"You have to do the job". This is how a Swedish Olympic champion described his journey from promising losers to world records and gold. It could just as well have been about Daniel Ståhl. He won because he did the job.

It was an unpleasant World Cup final to witness yesterday. Frustration and nerve-wracking among the favorites the competition through and an upset stomach of us following the dense, spasmodic drama.

Relief more than rejoicing when Jamaican Dacres finished with yet another failed throw.

Only when Bamsebjörnen Ståhl made his lovely gold rush and cut (well) a hedge in joy evening did it release.

Strong as an ox, soft as a cat

It was an overweight young man who was "strong as an ox and soft as a cat" that coach Vesteinn Hafsteinsson pushed up against a wall eight years ago and gave the choice: remain a talented loser or do the job and become the world's best discus thrower.

Daniel Ståhl chose it later.

He has developed his enormous physical resources. He has learned, worn and refined his technique, but above all he has upheld a life that involves demands of life, which means dealing with attention, expectations and pressure - the better you become.

No nail-biting trip

Step by step, Daniel Ståhl has grown into his role. It has not been a nail-biting trip, but today he is a different discus thrower than the one who made three overtakes on the DN gala in 2012 and in the Team Euro 2015 was seven meters from the year's best when he went out in the qualifiers in the European Championships 2014.

Just as Anders Gärderud decided to do the job that made the talent a champion, Daniel Ståhl has now done the same.

With his superior ability, he could also win on a day when the throwing was far from perfect. Thanks to him for doing his job.

Rarely has a gold medal been so well deserved.

Source: svt

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