FINLAND AND RUSSIA DOMINATE TEAM SPRINT IN SOCHI
In classical team sprint Finnish women Mona-Liisa Malvalehto (FIN) and Anne Kyllönen (FIN, Fischer skis and boots) as well as Russian men Dmitry Japarov (RUS, Fischer) and Maxim Vylegzhanin (RUS, Fischer) showed great performances and celebrated victory.
Finland dominates women's team sprint
Due to a great performance especially of Anne Kyllönen team Finland won women's team sprint without bigger problems. After Malvalehto lost a few seconds during her third lap Kyllönen regained all time and went up and away. Team Russia II and Canada fighted for second place at the final stretch and after photo finish decision Russians Julia Ivanova (RUS, Fischer) and Natalia Matveeva (RUS, Fischer) won this duel. Perianne Jones (CAN, Fischer skis and boots) and Daria Gaiazova (CAN) were ranked third after Jones had a lot of problems during her first lap. Team Norway with theit last skier Celine Brun-Lie (NOR, Fischer) came in fourth ahead of Americans Ida Sargent (USA, Fischer) and Sadie Bjornsen (USA, Fischer).
Russians care for early decision
As well the Russian distance experts Dmitry Japarov and Maxim Vylegzhanin showed an awesome performance who claimed victory in a a nontypical team sprint race. Both kept the pace high from start to finish. During his second Japarov was able to open a 14 seconds-gap and they increased their advantage more and more. Second went to Swedes Teodor Peterson (SWE) and Emil Jönsson (SWE, Fischer skis and boots) ahead of Axel Teichmann (GER) and Tobias Angerer (GER, Fischer skis and boots). Russia II with sprint specialists Alexey Petukhov (RUS, Fischer skis and boots) and Nikita Kriukov (RUS) came in fourth followed by Norway with their anchormen Petter Northug (NOR, Fischer).