Kalle Berglund is red hot right now.
Just two weeks ago, he ran 3.36.06 in Bern, thus erasing Johnny Kroon's 34-year Swedish record of 1,500 meters. But it didn't quite go to the Doha World Cup.
During Folksam GP in Gothenburg, Kalle Berglund got another chance to pass the qualification limit 3: 36.00 – and then he took it.
The 23-year-old from Jämshög in Blekinge ran at 3.34.89 and caused the crowd at Slottsskogsvallen to scream straight out.
– What confidence he has and what pressure he has in his legs for the last 400 meters, says Kajsa Bergqvist in SVT's broadcast.
– This moves him to a whole other level as a 1500 meter runner. Talk about plug out!
The organizer stood in the way
When SportExpress meets Berglund afterwards he is shocked and happy. He reveals that he first thought about standing over Folksam GP in Gothenburg.
– When I saw the start list a few days ago, it didn't feel so good. It was much better in Birmingham where there is competition this weekend. But I decided to drive anyway … and I'm happy now!
Did you watch the clock when you were at the demonstration?
– No I did not. There were some officials in the road there, so I didn't see it until I was on target. Then I was really shocked.
Want to see the clock at the end?
– Yes, I usually look at it and "cream" it out lately. But it is difficult because you are so tired and do not know exactly how far it is left. Now it was good anyway!
"Have something to do in the World Cup"
Kalle Berglund thus broke his own record by over a second, but he is not surprised.
– In Bern, I had to pull half the race myself and felt immediately afterwards that I had more to give. Now it was a much better race and then I showed that I could run fast, says Berglund with a smile.
How does it feel to be ready for the World Cup?
– Really nice. I was really ready in practice because they want to invite runners who haven't passed the qualifying limit as well, but now I'm ready in theory as well. It feels really nice.
– Now I also feel that I have something to do in the World Cup.