Swedish World Cup gold in the men's relay - after a great finish
After a serious miss by Emil Svensk, the gentlemen of Sweden looked to settle for a World Cup bronze. But a superb finish by Gustav Bergman gave a slightly sensational World Cup gold.
The women's last relay race became a super-rusher, which ended with a Swedish gold.
When the men's relay was decided a couple of hours later, it seemed to be much less exciting for Swedish."Lost me"
Gustav Bergman then came out third, after Emil Svensk lost around a minute after a rough miss on his second leg, when he had difficulty finding control.
- I lost myself there. Sad that I did not hold it together, he told SVT Sport.Early Finnish miss
Sweden's miss thus made Gustav Bergman finished second, 1.22 after leading Norway and 49 seconds after Finland - but as much as 1.42 down to fourth place.
But Finnish Miika Kirmula made an early miss on the final stretch, which allowed Bergman to advance to second place. And when leading Magne Dählie also made him a miss, Bergman had to suddenly hang on the gold.
And gold it would be. Both Norway and Finland made a wrong choice on the fifth check - and all of a sudden Gustav Bergman was in clear leadership.
"I already understood after the turn that I was going to take this because I saw Magne running and looking back all the time," Bergman said after the race, and continued:
- Then I realized he was stressed."One level better"
And he kept that lead all the way into goal. When Bergman deflected into goal, surrounded by his teammates Svensk and Johan Runesson - who waved a Swedish flag - he was over two minutes ahead of Finland - which just like France advanced past Norway during the final stretch.
- He is one level better than everyone else on this last stretch, states SVT Sports expert Mats Troeng.
The Swedish gold meant that Sweden won six golds at six competitions in the World Cup. In men's relay Sweden had not taken the World Cup gold since 2014. And 1976 was the last time Sweden took the World Cup gold in both the men's and women's relay.
Gustav Bergman. Photo: TT News Agency