Marit Bjoergen (NOR), Justyna Kowalczyk (POL), Charlotte Kalla (SWE) (l-r)
Justyna Kowalczyk (POL)
Charlotte Kalla (SWE)
Marit Bjoergen (NOR)
Alexey Poltoranin (KAZ)
Marcus Hellner (SWE)

KOWALCZYK CLAIMS VICTORY IN LILLEHAMMER

07.12.2013
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Justyna Kowalczyk (POL, Fischer skis and boots) celebrated a victory in 10k classic race in Lillehammer. Second went to Charlotte Kalla (SWE, Fischer) ahead of Marit Bjørgen (NOR, Fischer skis and boots) and Therese Johaug (NOR, Fischer skis and boots). Alexey Poltoranin (KAZ, Fischer skis and boots) was just beaten by Pål Golberg (NOR) in 15k classic race.
First Kowalczyk triumph at Norwegian terrain
Finally Justyna Kowalczyk did it: The Pole reached her first World Cup win in her successful carreer at Norwegian terrain - and her biggest rival wasn't a Norwegian girl! Justyna Kowalczyk made plain to her opponents just from the start that they have to beat her to win today. The Pole set the best split times at the challenging tracks in Lillehammer and her a few minutes later starting opponents found a hard nut to crack. "Soon I noticed that I was incredible fast in skiing today and I felt very good. Now I go for a training camp and don't compete in tomorrow's relay", Kowalczyk stated. Her biggest rival clearly ahead of the Norwegians surprisingly was the Swede Charlotte Kalla - even in her unloved classical style. The Swede was just behind the Pole almost during the whole race, just during the last kilometres her disadvantage increased up to twelve seconds. Marit Bjørgen came in third, 25 seconds back, followed by Therese Johaug, 39 seconds back. Fifth-placed Yulia Tchekaleva (RUS, Fischer) was more than one minute slowed than Kowalczyk. Sadie Bjornsen (USA, Fischer) corfirmed her strong shape of Kuusamo and finished seventh ahead of Kerttu Niskanen (FIN, Fischer skis and boots).

Poltoranin clearly beaten
Alexey Poltoranin seemed to be the safe winner for a long time. The Kazakh showed a great final part of the race and regained ten seconds against long-time leader Didrik Tønseth (NOR) after the last split time. After crossing the line he was 14.4 seconds behind surprise winner Pål Golberg. Marcus Hellner (SWE, Fischer) showed a good shape in classical style and finished fourth just ahead of his compatriot Johan Olsson (SWE, Fischer). Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR, Fischer skis and boots) came in seventh. Petter Northug (NOR, Fischer) was ranked ninth ahead of Daniel Richardsson (SWE, Fischer skis and boots), 40 seconds back.


10km C Damen, Lillehammer (NOR):
1. Justyna Kowalczyk
POL 00.24.59,40
2. Charlotte Kalla
SWE 00.25.11,80
3. Marit Bjørgen
NOR 00.25.25,00
4. Therese Johaug
NOR 00.25.38,40
5. Yulia Tchekaleva
RUS 00.26.02,50
6. Heidi Weng
NOR 00.26.06,20
7. Sadie Bjornsen
USA 00.26.17,70
8. Kerttu Niskanen
FIN 00.26.23,30
9. Kristin Störmer Steira
NOR 00.26.23,40
10. Krista Lähteenmäki
FIN 00.26.25,30
11. Astrid Jacobsen
NOR 00.26.27,50
12. Anne Kyllönen
FIN 00.26.31,30
13. Aino-Kaisa Saarinen
FIN 00.26.38,10
14. Ingvild Flugstad Østberg
NOR 00.26.43,00
15. Nicole Fessel
GER 00.26.46,20
15km C Herren, Lillehammer (NOR):
1. Pål Golberg
NOR 00.35.00,00
2. Alexey Poltoranin
KAZ 00.35.14,20
3. Didrik Tønseth
NOR 00.35.15,50
4. Johan Olsson
SWE 00.35.21,40
5. Marcus Hellner
SWE 00.35.22,20
5. Alexander Legkov
RUS 00.35.22,20
7. Martin Johnsrud Sundby
NOR 00.35.24,90
8. Chris Jespersen
NOR 00.35.31,80
9. Petter jr Northug
NOR 00.35.40,70
10. Daniel Rickardsson
SWE 00.35.42,30
11. Simen Østensen
NOR 00.35.42,40
11. Finn Haagen Krogh
NOR 00.35.42,40
13. Alexander Bessmertnykh
RUS 00.35.43,60
14. Dmitriy Japarov
RUS 00.35.45,20
15. Stanislav Volzhentsev
RUS 00.35.46,80