Falla and Klæbo win first gold medals at Nordic World Ski Championships

Maiken Caspersen Falla and Johannes Høsflot Klæbo (both NOR, Fischer skis, bindings and boots) are the superior winners in the freestyle sprint at the Nordic World Ski Championships in Seefeld (AUT). Stina Nilsson (SWE, Fischer skis and bindings) and Mari Eide (NOR, Fischer skis, bindings and boots) secured medals as well as Gleb Retivykh (RUS, Fischer skis, bindings and boots), who won bronze.

Defending champion Maiken Caspersen Falla was definitely not the favorite in this freestyle sprint with a long sliding passage and fast downhill at a speed of up to 60 km/h in the men's race. Even after qualifying, she was still very skeptical about her chances: "I was very nervous today, so I'm glad that the prologue is over and the heats begin." In the final, she skied like the heats before again everything from the lead to determine the pace and, if possible, to stay out of falls. The three Swedes lined up behind her and Stina Nilsson tried unsuccessfully to attack into the climb, but did not pass the Norwegian: After the month-long injury break the Swede probably missed the decisive strength and liveliness. While Falla tried to break away at the front, it became very close between the Swedes in the last turn before the downhill into the stadium. Jonna Sundling (SWE, Fischer skis and bindings), who skied inside in the hairpin, touched with her ski the prologue fastest Maja Dahlqvist (SWE) on the outer lane, who then crashed while Sundling could continue herself. Nobody could prevent the clear victory of Maiken Caspersen Falla, not even Stina Nilsson, who has to be more than satisfied with the silver medal after her long break. "I am very happy, the high speed has worried me, the season has not gone so well so far, but I had very good skis and I'm overjoyed now", the Norwegian was happy about the successful title defense. Mari Eide secured the bronze medal out of the slipstream ahead of Jonna Sundling.

=> Sprint Seefeld (AUT)

The men's final began at a moderate pace, after the first climb even all six stopped and looked at each other. Who would be the first to take the downhill to the stadium? Lucas Chanavat (FRA, Fischer skis, bindings and boots) was the first to lose his nerve and had already missed his chances, because when the Norwegians and Pellegrino attacked in the stadium and in the climb, he could no longer align from the leading position. Federico Pellegrino (ITA) took the lead in the uphill, but made the decisive mistake, when Johannes Høsflot Klæbo left the slipstream after the descent and claimed victory on the final stretch. The new World Champion was more than happy: "It was a very strange race, we stopped above, but nobody wanted to take the lead. After the first attack there was only full speed. I was second before the last corner and it worked out, as I had planned. Now I'm the World Champion, I can not really imagine that." Gleb Retivykh was happy about the bronze medal. Emil Iversen (NOR, Fischer skis, bindings and boots) finished fifth ahead of Lucas Chanavat, who took reduced his pace after the final corner.

=> Sprint Seefeld (AUT)