Allan Dahl Johansson (23) came in as a driving force on the Norwegian team that took European Championship silver at team pace on Friday, and followed up with bronze in the 1500 meters on Sunday.
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Allan Dahl Johansson had 1.44.81 as his best time on a lowland course earlier in the 1500 meters, but really shattered the time when the distance was covered during the European Championships in Heerenveen on Sunday.
With a time of 1.44.16, he went into a clear lead before the last two pairs. In the first of the last two pairs, world record holder Kjeld Nuis went, and the reigning Olympic champion entered a new best time when he clocked in at 1.43.60.
In the last pair, Thomas Krol went into second place and secured double Dutch in the exercise, while the bronze went to Allan Dahl Johansson.
It is Dahl Johansson’s first individual championship medal as a senior. He previously stood with four golds in the junior WC from 2017 and 2018.
– There are many who enter the Olympics who are not Europeans, but Krol and Nuis are gold favorites and medal candidates. You can now see that Allan is not far behind, says Hege Bøkko in the Viaplay studio after the exercise.
Peder Kongshaug (1.45,89) was number seven, while Kristian Ulekleiv (1.46,54) was number eleven.
Earlier Sunday, the Norwegian team tempo team with Ragne Wiklund, Marit Fjellanger Bøhm and Sofie Karoline Haugen went to Norway’s silver at the women’s team tempo.
In the second of three pairs, the Norwegian trio went against Poland, and went into a clear lead with a time of 2.58.54. Thus, the medal was secured before the last pair, where the Netherlands went to gold with a time of 2.54.12, while Russia lagged behind Norway and finished in third place.
The medal is Wiklund’s first in the European Championships, after she surprised and won World Cup gold in the 1500 meters last year. Earlier in the European Championships, it has been a fourth and a fifth place in 3000 and 1500 meters.
– It is very nice, and it offers a lot of motivation for me, Wiklund says to Viaplay about the silver.
It is only the third Norwegian medal on the women’s side in the European Championships throughout history. All three medals (team sprint in 2018 and 2022 and this year’s team pace) have come in team exercises.
Earlier in the championship, Norway has taken silver in team sprint and team pace for men, and bronze in team sprint for women. Individually, Hallgeir Engebråten took bronze in the 5000 meters on Saturday, while Allan Dahl Johansson went in for bronze in the 1500 meters.
Later on Sunday, there will be 1000 meters for women, 500 meters for men and a joint start for both sexes.