Therese Johaug (NOR), Marit Bjoergen (NOR), Kikkan Randall (USA) (l-r)
Marit Bjoergen (NOR)
Therese Johaug (NOR)
Kikkan Randall (USA)
Alexey Poltoranin (KAZ), Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR), Marcus Hellner (SWE) (l-r)
Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR)

BJOERGEN AND SUNDBY WIN FIRST WORLD CUP RACES IN GÄLLIVARE

24.11.2012
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Marit Bjoergen (NOR, Fischer skis and boots) celebrated victory at the beginning of World Cup winter. She won the free technique race ahead of Therese Johaug (NOR, Fischer) and Kikkan Randall (USA, Fischer). In men's race Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR, Fischer skis and boots) secured another norwegian victory. Alexey Poltoranin (KAZ, Fischer skis and boots) and Marcus Hellner (SWE, Fischer) made a podium.
Bjoergen takes revanche against Johaug
After Therese Johaug secured victory in test race in Beitostoelen last week Marit Bjoergen showed that she is still the best Norwegian girl. She won the race followed by Therese Johaug who was 12.6 seconds behind after ten kilometres. "I am really happy with today's race. The weather conditions changed during the competition and I was little bit worried when I saw that Holly Brooks (USA) was still in the lead", Bjoergen told. Surprisingly third became Kikkan Randall who recently recovered from a stress fracture and skipped the distance races last week in training. Charlotte Kalla (SWE, Fischer) finished fourth after being on podium for a long time during the race. Vibeke Skofterud (NOR, Fischer) came in sixth, Yulia Tchekaleva and Natalia Korosteleva (both RUS, Fischer) finished ninth and tenth.

Hellner missed third victory in a row
Martin Johnsrud Sundby did it again and celebrated his second World Cup win ever. "I decided that spring that I could be a classic only specialist or I could work hard to improve my my free technique and it has happened", said Sundby. Surprisingly classic specialist Alexey Poltoranin made a podium at World Cup opener in Gällivare. He kept the local hero Marcus Hellner behind who finished third. Therefor Hellner missed his third victory in Gällivare in a row after 2008 and 2010. Sjur Roethe (NOR, Fischer) finished in fifth position ahead of Sergei Dolidovich (BLR, Fischer skis and boots). Petter Northug (NOR, Fischer) finished only seventh after his superior victory in Beitostoelen last week followed by Evgeniy Belov (RUS, Fischer). But other favorites lost much more time today.
10km F Damen, Gällivare (SWE):
1. Marit Bjørgen
NOR 00.22.31,80
2. Therese Johaug
NOR 00.22.44,40
3. Kikkan Randall
USA 00.22.57,70
4. Charlotte Kalla
SWE 00.22.58,70
5. Holly Brooks
USA 00.23.00,30
6. Vibeke W Skofterud
NOR 00.23.04,70
7. Lisa Larsen
SWE 00.23.13,20
8. Martine Ek Hagen
NOR 00.23.13,80
9. Yulia Tchekaleva
RUS 00.23.18,30
10. Natalia Korosteleva
RUS 00.23.27,80
11. Astrid Jacobsen
NOR 00.23.27,90
12. Denise Herrmann
GER 00.23.28,30
13. Riitta Roponen
FIN 00.23.30,30
14. Sofia Bleckur
SWE 00.23.35,20
15. Kerttu Niskanen
FIN 00.23.36,20
15km F Herren, Gällivare (SWE):
1. Martin Johnsrud Sundby
NOR 00.30.37,00
2. Alexey Poltoranin
KAZ 00.30.45,90
3. Marcus Hellner
SWE 00.30.48,10
4. Matti Heikkinen
FIN 00.31.07,20
5. Sjur Röthe
NOR 00.31.08,10
6. Sergei Dolidovich
BLR 00.31.11,20
7. Petter jr Northug
NOR 00.31.12,40
8. Evgeniy Belov
RUS 00.31.12,90
9. Alexander Legkov
RUS 00.31.18,10
10. Ilia Chernousov
RUS 00.31.21,00
11. Curdin Perl
SUI 00.31.22,50
12. David Hofer
ITA 00.31.22,70
13. Lukas Bauer
CZE 00.31.24,40
14. Ivan Babikov
CAN 00.31.24,60
15. Maxim Vylegzhanin
RUS 00.31.27,10