Marit Bjoergen (NOR)
Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg (NOR), Marit Bjoergen (NOR), Stina Nilsson (SWE) (l-r)
Marit Bjoergen (NOR), Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg (NOR) (l-r)
Emil Jönsson (SWE)
Calle Halfvarsson (SWE), Teodor Peterson (SWE), Emil Jönsson (SWE) (l-r)
Emil Jönsson (SWE), Calle Halfvarsson (SWE), Teodor Peterson (SWE) (l-r)
Eirik Brandsdal (NOR)

MARIT BJØRGEN REDUCES HER DISADVANTAGE IN OVERALL WORLD CUP RANKING TO THREE POINTS

14.03.2014
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Marit Bjørgen (NOR, Fischer skis and boots) continued her strong finish in overall World Cup ranking and in now after classical sprint in Falun (SWE) just three points behind Therese Johaug (NOR, Fischer skis and boots). In men's sprint three Swedes made a podium - Emil Jönsson (SWE, Fischer skis and boots) was beaten just by a hair's breadth. Hattestad (NOR, Fischer skis and boots) secured sprint World Cup title despite reclassification due to obstruction.
Bjørgen came out on top - three points gap in overall ranking!
Marit Bjørgen did it again gained some deciding points in overall World Cup ranking. Three points are now seperating the two dominating athletes in overall World Cup ranking after Therese Johaug finished in a good 17th spot. Along with her compatriot Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR) and Stina Nilsson (SWE, Fischer) Bjørgen was able to escape from the others and skied towards her 101th World Cup podium. On her way down into the stadium Bjørgen overtook her team mate with clearly faster skis. Although the young Norwegian sped up on her way to finish, she wasn't able to catch Bjørgen. "The most important thing for me was to gain a few seconds against Therese. It was a tough fight towards the finish line, Ingvild absolutely wanted to win", Marit Bjørgen said. Kikkan Randall (USA, Fischer) wasn't able to catch up the gap against the leaders and finished fourth behind Stina Nilsson. The American already secured her third sprint World Cup success in Drammen. Sophie Caldwell (USA, Fischer) finished sixth in today's sprint.

Jönsson accelerated in the uphill
In men's final first everything looked like a success for Emil Jönsson. After his compulsive false start he sped up early and acclerated his pace in the first uphill again, so he was able to open a gap. In the second uphill he was already caught up by his compatriots Teodor Peterson (SWE) and Calle Halfvarsson (SWE, Fischer). In the following descent into the stadium Eirik Brandsdal (NOR, Fischer) who needs to secure a podium for winning the overall sprint title (clear leader Hattestad was ranked at last in his quarter final after obstructions) took the lead, but in the small hill in the stadium the leading position changed again. The Norwegian was only in fourth spot now, was in the middle of the group and stumbled a bit. On the final straight Peterson and Jönsson fighted for the victory: Jönsson came out of the slipstream next to his compatriot but after photo finish the victory was shortly given to Peterson. Calle Halfvarsson came in third. Alex Harvey (CAN, Fischer) and Sergey Ustiugov (RUS, Fischer skis and boots) finished ahead of six-placed Brandsdal who resigned fighting for the podium and the sprint title.


Sprint C Women, Falun (SWE):
1. Marit Bjørgen
NOR 00.02.50,46
2. Ingvild Flugstad Østberg
NOR 00.02.50,75
3. Stina Nilsson
SWE 00.02.51,80
4. Kikkan Randall
USA 00.02.57,30
5. Krista Lähteenmäki
FIN 00.02.58,95
6. Sophie Caldwell
USA 00.03.00,32
Sprint C Men, Falun (SWE):
1. Teodor Peterson
SWE 00.02.55,97
2. Emil Jönsson
SWE 00.02.55,97
3. Calle Halfvarsson
SWE 00.02.56,98
4. Alex Harvey
CAN 00.02.57,17
5. Sergey Ustiugov
RUS 00.02.57,23
6. Eirik Brandsdal
NOR 00.03.00,41