Therese Johaug
Therese Johaug
Charlotte Kalla
Charlotte Kalla
Sundby Cologna Harvey
(l-r) Martin Johnsrud Sundby, Dario Cologna, Alex Harvey
Sundby
Martin Johnsrud Sundby
Dario Cologna
Dario Cologna

THERESE JOHAUG AND DARIO COLOGNA WIN SKIATHLON IN LAHTI

03.03.2012
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The Norwegian Therese Johaug (Fischer) and Swiss Dario Cologna celebrated superior victories in the Skiathlon competition during the World Cup in Lahti (FIN). They enforced against teammate Marit Bjoergen (Fischer skis and boots) respectively Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR, Fischer skis and boots).

Womens race decided at the beginning of the Skating part

The eventual winner Johaug pushed hard right from the beginning of the race and managed to leave all her competitors behind except Justyna Kowalczyk (POL, Fischer skis and boots) until the ski exchange at 7,5 kilometers. But only one kilometer further on she was alone in front and on her way to a unchallenged victory. "Lahti is my place. I like the hilly tracks here and they suit me very well", Johaug said after the race. Together with her two teammates Heidi Weng and Kristin Steira, Marit Bjoergen passed Kowalczyk and took second place. Behind Wend and Steira, Charlotte Kalla (SWE, Fischer) and Julia Ivanova (RUS, Fischer) took fifth and sixth place.


Cologna attacks with two kilometers to go

In the mens race we saw an elimination race over 2x15 kilometers. For example Devon Kershaw (CAN, Fischer), one of the favorites, couldn’t follow after 20 kilometers. With two kilometers to go, Dario Cologna attacked out of an eight-member leading group and no one could follow. So he was on his way to win the race. "It was a good race despite I was not feeling so good in classical part. After the exchange I was feeling better and better", Cologna said just after the race.  Behind him there was a big fight for the podium places. On the finish straight Martin Johnsrud Sundby defended the second place against Alex Harvey (CAN, Fischer), who took third place and completed a pure Fischer-podium. The next places went to Sjur Roethe (NOR, Fischer), Jean Marc Gaillard (FRA, Fischer skis and boots) and Alexander Legkov (RUS).

Women Skiathlon, Lahti (FIN):
1. Therese Johaug
NOR 00.36.52,60
2. Marit Bjoergen
NOR 00.37.02,80
3. Heidi Weng
NOR 00.37.03,90
4. Kristin Stoermer Steira
NOR 00.37.06,40
5. Charlotte Kalla
SWE 00.37.31,70
6. Julia Ivanova
RUS 00.37.31,80
7. Riita-Liisa Roponen
FIN 00.37.37,90
8. Justyna Kowalczyk
POL 00.37.44,60
9. Anna Haag
SWE 00.37.47,20
10. Masako Ishida
JPN 00.37.48,10
11. Maria Rydqvist
SWE 00.37.59,80
12. Kikkan Randall
USA 00.38.14,10
13. Valentina Shevchenko
UKR 00.38.15,40
14. Martine Ek Hagen
NOR 00.38.34,10
15. Laure Barthelemy
FRA 00.38.34,20
Men Skiathlon, Lahti (FIN):
1. Dario Cologna
SUI 01.07.30,50
2. Martin Johnsrud Sundby
NOR 01.07.34,20
3. Alex Harvey
CAN 01.07.34,70
4. Sjur Roethe
NOR 01.07.36,00
5. Jean Marc Gaillard
FRA 01.07.41,50
6. Alexander Legkov
RUS 01.07.41,80
7. Maxim Vylegzhanin
RUS 01.07.50,50
8. Tobias Angerer
GER 01.07.51,00
9. Niklas Dyrhaug
NOR 01.07.51,40
10. Evgenij Dementiev
RUS 01.07.59,00
11. Petter Eliassen
NOR 01.08.02,80
12. Johan Olsson
SWE 01.08.17,50
13. Hannes Dotzler
GER 01.08.17,90
14. Devon Kershaw
CAN 01.08.18,10
15. Giorgio Di Centa
ITA 01.08.20,30