This article is from August 2017
This weekend in Helsingborg, the Swedish Championships took place, and for Bannister Running, there was a record in both participants and number of medals that were taken home to Gothenburg.
Already, indoors, five of eighteen medals went to Bannister Running; outdoor championships, however, have the tendency of being more difficult. Last year, the young runners won a total of three medals.
The oldest denomination would wait until the weekend's final race, where Andrea Kramer was a favorite after an outstanding season, including setting the new Swedish Record of 1:45.13 in the 800m. Kramer led the race the first lap, which became a tactic strategy. Just before the bell, Joakim Andersson took over the race with Kramer following tightly behind. With more than 200m left, Kramer pressed on, passing Joakim and cruising down the straightaway to a safe victory of 1.07 seconds. The winning time was 1:50.46.
The day before, Kramer had also taken a bronze medal in his season debut in the 1500m. However, he had to resist, among others, Andreas Almgren, who eventually took second place in the 800m race behind Kramer. Both of these men will represent Sweden this weekend in the classic international game against Finland.
Before Kramer's gold, nine other atheletes competed in the meet at Helsingborg, and for three of them, those races became medals.
Malin Strand started off the competition on Friday with a bronze medal in the 10,000m finals. It was a tough-tactic race that resulted in a time of 35:26.35 for Strand. She was only 12 seconds away from the victory. This was her season debut. Though she ran 15 seconds last year, there is no question that this year's race was better overall. Strand showed excellent form, even during road races earlier this summer, where she lowered her personal best.
Amélie Svensson took the next medal in the 3000m steeple chase run, coming in third. She finally lowered her personal best from the 2015 Junior-EM in Eskilstuna, clocking in at 10:21:61, and thereby defending her bronze medal from last year.
Sara Christiansson took her career's first outdoor medal, coming in third place in the 5000m. Halfway through the race, Maria Larson began to spread the pack by setting a stronger pace, followed initially by only Malin Strand, Sara Christiansson, and the future victorian, Linn Nilsson. Steam had to let go first, while Christiansson held on for the the next 800m, eventually choosing to slip back to a comfortable pace. That 800m trip, however, meant that she had a safe gap, and her bronze medal would not be threatened again. 16:30.30 was her final time, a personal record by five seconds.
Vidar Johansson did not have a day, taking fourth place in the 3000m steeplechase, but was still accepted this week to his third consecutive international match against Finland. There he will, besides for Andreas Kramer, also be accompanied by Sara Christiansson, who will debut in these contexts.
There will also be a national youth match between Sweden and Finland. There, we will be represented in both the 800 m and 1500 m by Gaël De Coninck.
Text: Per Skoog
Photo: Deca Text & Bild