Kikkan Randall (USA), Marit Bjoergen (NOR), Yulia Tchekaleva (RUS) (l-r)
Petter Northug (NOR), Alexander Legkov (RUS), Maurice Manificat (FRA) (l-r)
Petter Northug (NOR)
Marit Bjoergen (NOR)
Kikkan Randall (USA)
Vibeke Skofterud (NOR)

MARIT BJOERGEN DOMINATES SHORT FREESTYLE RACE

01.12.2012
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Marit Bjoergen (NOR, Fischer skis and boots) celebrated another amazing victory in free technique race in Kuusamo and increased her lead in the Ruka Triple ranking. Second went to Kikkan Randall (USA, Fischer) followed by Yulia Tchekaleva (RUS, Fischer). In men's race Petter Northug (NOR, Fischer) finished second again ahead of Maurice Manificat (FRA, Fischer skis and boots).
22.7 seconds lead by Bjoergen
With an amazing lead by 22.7 seconds Marit Bjoergen dominated today's free technique race in Kuusamo. Second went to American Kikkan Randall who left Rissian Yulia Tchekaleva 1.8 seconds behind. Therese Johaug (NOR, Fischer) lost many seconds during the last relatively flat kilometres so she finished only fourth. Vibeke Skofterud (NOR, Fischer) became sixth. Bjoergen leads in the Overall ranking of Ruka Triple before last stage 52.7 seconds ahead of Kikkan Randall. "Ich felt very good. When I limbered up I noticed that I am feeling very well. I thought this has to be my day. Already after two or three kilometres I knew everything went well. I planned to race a high speed up to the start and I increased my gap more and more", said Bjoergen.

Northug still in the lead
Although Petter Northug is still in the lead in Ruka Triple Overall ranking he still has to wait for his first single victory this winter. Alexander Legkov (RUS) won the race 6.8 seconds ahead of Petter Northug who regained a few seconds and positions during the last kilometres. Third went to Frenchman Maurice Manificat. Sjur Roethe (NOR, Fischer) finished fourth ahead of surprisingly strong South Tyrolean David Hofer (ITA, Fischer skis, boots and poles). Dario Cologna (SUI, Fischer skis and boots) came in eighth followed by Marcus Hellner (SWE, Fischer) and Maxim Vylegzhanin (RUS, Fischer). In Overall ranking of Ruka Triple Northug is 40 seconds ahead of Alexey Poltoranin (KAZ, Fischer skis and boots).
5km F Women, Kuusamo (FIN):
1. Marit Bjørgen
NOR 00.12.02,90
2. Kikkan Randall
USA 00.12.25,60
3. Yulia Tchekaleva
RUS 00.12.27,40
4. Therese Johaug
NOR 00.12.30,50
5. Heidi Weng
NOR 00.12.31,60
6. Vibeke W Skofterud
NOR 00.12.36,30
7. Kristin Störmer Steira
NOR 00.12.40,00
8. Martine Ek Hagen
NOR 00.12.43,60
9. Nicole Fessel
GER 00.12.44,90
10. Krista Lähteenmäki
FIN 00.12.45,30
11. Justyna Kowalczyk
POL 00.12.46,80
12. Jessica Diggins
USA 00.12.49,10
13. Elizabeth Stephen
USA 00.12.50,00
14. Katrin Zeller
GER 00.12.53,20
15. Denise Herrmann
GER 00.12.53,30
10km F Men, Kuusamo (FIN):
1. Alexander Legkov
RUS 00.21.52,80
2. Petter jr Northug
NOR 00.21.59,60
3. Maurice Manificat
FRA 00.22.00,70
4. Sjur Röthe
NOR 00.22.05,20
5. David Hofer
ITA 00.22.08,30
6. Ilia Chernousov
RUS 00.22.09,40
7. Chris Jespersen
NOR 00.22.11,50
8. Dario Cologna
SUI 00.22.12,10
9. Marcus Hellner
SWE 00.22.14,80
10. Martin Johnsrud Sundby
NOR 00.22.21,20
10. Maxim Vylegzhanin
RUS 00.22.21,20
12. Curdin Perl
SUI 00.22.21,70
13. Lukas Bauer
CZE 00.22.23,50
14. Paal Golberg
NOR 00.22.24,80
15. Alexey Poltoranin
KAZ 00.22.27,20