VM - Bari 2011

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The World Rowing Coastal Championship poster

The magnificent Club House of Bari Rowing Club.

The magnificent Club House of Bari Rowing Club.

Got starting #127. My lucky number! ;-)

Doing some adjustments on the boat

A few other boat that had arrived

Always nice to check out other boat design

Daniel heading out for a training session

Andreas trying out the water

Even Mats went for a spin

Heading for a training session and checking out the course

Heading for a training session and checking out the course

Cosy bar near the boat park

View of the finish

View of the boat park

View of the boat park

Tord in action ;-)

Photo of the finish of a heat in the Mens 4x

Final stretch in the heats. Finished in 2nd place and trough to the A-final

Nice motorboats. A "little" bigger than back at Hjelmsjön

Nice motorboats. A "little" bigger than back at Hjelmsjön

Andreas arriving from the heats

Some confusion in one of the double heats. Navigation was a bit off

Anders Båtemyr and Josef Källström who competed in the Swedish 2x

Tord, Daniel, Josef and Anders taking it easy

Just a nice picture =)

Heading towards the start in the A-final

A lot of cameras around the track. Stationary like this, or cameras on boats and helicopters. Broadcasted on really big screens and in Italian television 

A lot of cameras around the track. Here on of the two helicopters that followed the races. Broadcasted on really big screens and in Italian television 

View for the chopper. Me on the last km in the final

Here in the final kilometer of the final. Batteling for a medal

When it was less then 100m to go I was in 4th place, 1.5 boat lengths behind (and blocked) 3rd place Simone Martini from Italy, I had absolutely no energy left. I dug deep and switched gears (and lanes) and pulled all with my might  

Somehow I managed to cath up with Martini as I approached the finish line

Just as we were about to cross the finish line we took a glance at each other.

It took about 20 minutes before we found out who came in 3rd. It was just when I got back to the beach boat park.

I almost felt bad for Martini. 0,3 seconds from a medal sucks.

Well. He tried to block me so...

Winner - Giuseppi Alberi

Flower ceremony. But what am I looking at?

Flower cermony

Happy trio

3 months ago my career was over due to heart problems I´ve suffered the last two years.
2 months ago I was on the operation table undergoing heart surgary
1 month ago I had to skip the National Championships due to cheast pain when I pushed myself in high race pace (still inflammation from the surgary)
Yesterday I stepped onto the podium recieving a World Championship Bronze Medal. Despite being in third place, I felt like a winner