Alexey Poltoranin (KAZ)
Justyna Kowalczyk (POL)
Marit Bjoergen (NOR), Justyna Kowalczyk (POL), Anne Kyllönen (FIN) (l-r)
Dario Cologna (SUI), Alexey Poltoranin (KAZ), Federico Pellegrino (ITA) (l-r)
Justyna Kowalczyk (POL)
Marit Bjoergen (NOR)
Dario Cologna (SUI)


Justyna Kowalczyk (POL, Fischer skis and boots) and Alexey Poltoranin (KAZ, Fischer skis and boots) came into top favorite position for World Championship sprint on Thursday after their amazing performance in today's classical sprint in Davos.

Justyna Kowalczyk in a top shape before World Championships
Justyna Kowalczyk dominated women's final as well as her other heats and qualification totally. The Polish didn't give her opponents the slightest chance and already turned around after one of two laps to evaluate the distance between her and her chasers. In the uphill she had a look over her shoulder again and saw Marit Bjoergen (NOR, Fischer skis and boots) a few metres behind in chasing position who just overtook strong Frenchwoman Aurore Jean (FRA, Fischer). After Kowalczyk and as well Bjoergen coped with the difficult and twisting downhill into the stadium the first spots were dealt out: The Polish secured an unchallenged victory ahead of the Norwegian, the Frenchwoman lost her third position against Anne Kyllönen (FIN, Fischer skis and boots) in the final stretch. "It was a very, very hard course here in Davos but I had fun. I have been in the favorite position but the way I did it was quite surprising", Kowalczyk said. Katerina Smutna (AUT, Fischer) finished fifth at this challenging sprint course while the pure sprinters were suffered with many problems with this course.
Poltoranin medal candidate in Fiemme?
Same to women's final Alexey Poltoranin who was already in a favorite position before the race due to the challenging track dominated the race and escaped early. behind him Dario Cologna (SUI, Fischer skis and boots) and the fastest skier in prologue Federico Pellegrino (ITA) fighted for second place which came to the local hero in the final stretch. Same as the Italian Andy Newell (USA, Fischer) was one of the few sprinters who were able to show a good performance and finished in good fourth position ahead of Nikolay Chebotko (KAZ, Fischer skis and boots) and Lenny Valjas (CAN, Fischer skis and boots) who had no more energies for the final heat.
Sprint Men, Davos (SUI):
1. Alexey Poltoranin
KAZ 00.03.25,60
2. Dario Cologna
SUI 00.03.31,00
3. Federico Pellegrino
ITA 00.03.31,60
4. Andrew Newell
USA 00.03.34,60
5. Nikolay Chebotko
KAZ 00.03.37,10
6. Len Valjas
CAN 00.03.37,90
Sprint Women, Davos (SUI):
1. Justyna Kowalczyk
POL 00.03.56,00
2. Marit Bjørgen
NOR 00.03.58,80
3. Anne Kyllönen
FIN 00.04.02,00
4. Aurore Jean
FRA 00.04.02,60
5. Katerina Smutna
AUT 00.04.02,80
6. Ida Ingemarsdotter
SWE 00.04.12,50