Stina Nilsson

Sweden

  • 24.06.1993
  • Sweden
  • 174 cm

Nordic

Falla and Klæbo win classic sprint in Otepää

Maiken Caspersen Falla and Johannes Høsflot Klæbo (both NOR, Fischer skis, bindings and boots) are the winners of the classic sprint in Otepää (EST). Second place went to Natalia Nepryaeva (RUS, Fischer skis, bindings and boots).

The women's final was dominated by Maiken Caspersen Falla and Natalia Nepryaeva in the absence of Stina Nilsson. Already in the first climb, both were able to tear a small gap, but then Jonna Sundling (SWE, Fischer skis and bindings) was able to catch up again - until she crashed shortly thereafter in the aslope curve between the climbs without opposing impact. Now, Falla and Nepryaeva were again alone in the fight for victory. Towards the end of the second climb, the Norwegian was able to escape slightly and bring the victory home for the first time this winter. "It has been a very tough race for me, but it's great to be back on the podium and then at the top!", she said. Jonna Sundling came in fourth, Katja Visnar (SLO, Fischer skis, bindings and boots) finished fifth after a strong effort. Stina Nilsson (SWE, Fischer skis and bindings) did not compete in the final after being injured in the semifinals. The Swede made a long finish step, in which she stretched the leg very far. Immediately you could see the pain in her face and she had to be led out of the finish area. Nevertheless, she wanted to compete in the final despite her pain, but her team did not allow it. "She had thigh pain when she crashed to the finish, we suspect a soft tissue injury, and we'll wait a few days to see how long it takes to heal the injury," said physical therapist Marcus Bystedt on Swedish television.

=> Sprint Otepää (EST)

In the final of the men there was also a duel throughout the race - this time between Johannes Høsflot Klæbo and Alexander Bolshunov (RUS), who advanceddespite a fall in the semifinals to the final. Klæbo did not save any energies today as it had seen in other sprints this season. This time he raced all heats confidently from the lead and was in the final at high speed sometimes directly behind the Russian, sometimes besides him and attacked in the last climb, where he gained the decisive lead. "Bolshunov is very strong, he has always skiing with very high pace. It's cool to win again, I like Otepää very much, this is where I celebrated my first World Cup victory", said Klæbo. Eirik Brandsdal (NOR, Fischer skis, bindings and boots) finished fourth and Erik Valnes (NOR, Fischer skis, bindings and boots) sixth.

=> Sprint Otepää (EST)