Marit Bjoergen (NOR)
Eirik Brandsdal (NOR)
Final
Julia Ivanova (RUS), Marit Bjoergen (NOR), Maiken Caspersen Falla (NOR) (l-r)
Kikkan Randall (USA)

BJOERGEN AND BRANDSDAL SUCCEED AGAIN IN CLASSIC SPRINT

14.03.2012
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Marit Bjoergen (NOR, Fischer skis and boots) and Eirik Brandsdal (NOR, Fischer) did it again and secured victory after their triumph in Drammen. They received 50 World Cup points for their victory in front of Stockholm castle.
Clear final with Fischer-ladies
Russians Julia Ivanova (RUS, Fischer) showed a great performance as last week in Lahti and controlled the whole final heat. The 26-year-old from Sosnogorsk was beaten in the final stretch by Marit Bjoergen who celebrated victory again und secured 50 World Cup points. "Ivanova already showed a great race in Lahti, therefor I was not surprised about her performance today. I was faster in the last 20 metres. I Didn't have a good race in qualification and I was a bit surprised about it", said Bjoergen. Ivanova fumed at her anew second place when crossing the line but she edged out great sprinter Maiken Caspersen Falla (NOR, Fischer). Charlotte Kalla (SWE, Fischer) finished fourth followed by Katja Visnar (SLO, Fischer skis and boots) and the Austrian Katerina Smutna (AUT, Fischer). Kikkan Randall (USA, Fischer), winner of Sprint World Cup, came in eighth. "It was a great season and it is over soon. I am looking forward to receiving the cristal globe on Sunday", Randall smiled. Justyna Kowalczyk (POL, Fischer skis and boots) fell for the fourth time within ten days and lost important World Cup points and bonus seconds for the next stages finishing ninth.
   
Brandsdal shines again
As in Drammen last week the winner of classic sprint is named Eirik Brandsdal again. The Norwegian was behind at the beginning of the final and he increased the pace in the last uphill. In the final stretch noone was able to beat him. "I carried the kick from last weeks with me. I was sure that anyone would attack in the uphill but I was able to hold up. I was happy to reach the final because I was very tired", said Brandsdal. Ola Vigen Hattestad (NOR, Fischer skis and boots) who dominated the other heats wasn't able to show his strength in the final again. He came in fourth ahead of Alexey Poltoranin (KAZ, Fischer). Emil Jönsson (SWE, Fischer) was ranked twelfth but the Swede didn't finish in the semi final. He stopped at the side of the track after he obviously suffered an injury.
Sprint Women, Stockholm (SWE):
1. Marit Bjoergen
NOR 01
2. Julia Ivanova
RUS 02
3. Maiken Caspersen Falla
NOR 03
4. Charlotte Kalla
SWE 04
5. Katja Visnar
SLO 05
6. Katerina Smutna
AUT 06
7. Vesna Fabjan
SLO 07
8. Kikkan Randall
USA 08
9. Justyna Kowalczyk
POL 09
10. Ida Ingemarsdotter
SWE 10
11. Anne Kylloenen
FIN 11
12. Chandra Crawford
CAN 12
13. Mona-Liisa Malvalehto
FIN 13
14. Nicole Fessel
GER 14
15. Laurien Van der Graaff
SUI 15
Sprint Men, Stockholm (SWE):
1. Eirik Brandsdal
NOR 01
2. Teodor Peterson
SWE 02
3. Len Valjas
CAN 03
4. Ola Vigen Hattestad
NOR 04
5. Alexey Poltoranin
KAZ 05
6. Nikolay Morilov
RUS 06
7. Andrew Newell
USA 07
8. John Kristian Dahl
NOR 08
9. Gleb Retivykh
RUS 09
10. Marcus Hellner
SWE 10
11. Hiroyuki Miyazawa
JPN 11
12. Emil Joensson
SWE 12
13. Dario Cologna
SUI 13
14. Alex Harvey
CAN 14
15. Fabio Pasini
ITA 15