Dario Cologna (SUI)
Justyna Kowalczyk (POL)
Marit Bjoergen (NOR), Justyna Kowalczyk (POL), Natalia Matveeva (RUS) (l-r)
Ola Vigen Hattestadt (NOR, Dario Cologna (SUI), Eirik Brandsdal (NOR) (l-r)

FISCHER SKIER DOMINATE SPRINT RACES IN OTEPÄÄ

21.01.2012
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Fischer skiers dominated sprint races in Otepää. Victories went to Justyna Kowalczyk (POL, Fischer skis and boots) and Dario Cologna (SUI, Fischer), the podium was firmly in Fischer-hands in both races.
Kowalczyk beats Bjoergen
It became an exciting duel in the final. Es wurde ein spannendes Duell im Finale. Marit Bjoergen (NOR, Fischer Ski und Schuhe) as well as Justyna Kowalczyk showed a convincing performance in the qualification and the heats and controlled their races. In the semi final Bjoergens energy was used up and she was passed by two opponents in the final stretch - the Norwegian had a lot of good luck and she was qualified for the final just as Lucky Looser. In the final Justyna Kowalczyk always was ahead and controlled the race while Bjoergen was in her wind shadow during the whole race. In the final stretch Kowalczyk secured victory ahead of Bjoergen, Natalia Matveeva (RUS, Fischer) came in third. "I like Otepää very much. I feel like home here it's an amazing place for me. My shape has been very good. After Tour de Ski I was only resting in my bed. Now I'm feeling better and better", said Kowalczyk. Katerina Smutna (AUT, Fischer) showed a great performance during the whole day and finished fifth. Kikkan Randall (USA, Fischer) had to be satisfied with rank nine today followed by Katja Visnar (SLO, Fischer skis and boots), Kerttu Niskanen (FIN, Fischer skis and boots) and Maiken Caspersen Falla (NOR, Fischer).

Cologna unbeatable
Dario Cologna showed great races and dominated all of them. In the qualification he was sensationally more than four seconds ahead of all his opponents and his dominance continued in the heats. In the final he celebrated his second ever sprint World Cup win ahead of the Norwegians Ola Vigen Hattestad (NOR, Fischer skis and boots) and Eirik Brandsdal (NOR, Fischer). "It was a perfect day for me. I had a good qualification and I got self-confidence for the heats. It was a great day for me. I'have been in good shape and recovered well from Tour de Ski. I hope I will ski fast and make a good result tomorrow. There are still many races to go before the end of the World Cup. It will be nice to win the Overall world Cup agai", said Cologna. Alex Harvey (CAN, Fischer) shortly missed the podium and Andrew Newell (USA, Fischer) failed in qualifying for the final in seventh.
Sprint Women, Otepää (EST):
1. Justyna Kowalczyk
POL 01
2. Marit Bjoergen
NOR 02
3. Natalia Matveeva
RUS 03
4. Aino Kaisa Saarinen
FIN 04
5. Katerina Smutna
AUT 05
6. Mona-Liisa Malvalehto
FIN 06
7. Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg
NOR 07
8. Ida Ingemarsdotter
SWE 08
9. Kikkan Randall
USA 09
10. Katja Visnar
SLO 10
11. Kerttu Niskanen
FIN 11
12. Maiken Caspersen Falla
NOR 12
13. Krista Lahteenmaki
FIN 13
14. Hanna Brodin
SWE 14
15. Anne Kylloenen
FIN 15
Sprint Men, Otepää (EST):
1. Dario Cologna
SUI 01
2. Ola Vigen Hattestad
NOR 02
3. Eirik Brandsdal
NOR 03
4. Alex Harvey
CAN 04
5. Nikita Kriukov
RUS 05
6. Oeystein Pettersen
NOR 06
7. Andrew Newell
USA 07
8. Paal Golberg
NOR 08
9. Gleb Retivykh
RUS 09
10. Kalle Lassila
FIN 10
11. Anton Gafarov
RUS 11
12. Alexander Panzhinskiy
RUS 12
13. Peeter Kummel
EST 13
14. Igor Usachev
RUS 14
15. Anders Gloersen
NOR 15