Russian Alexander Terentyev and Swede Maja Dahlqvist are the winners of the 1.4 km classic sprint, at the premiere of the FIS Cross-Country World Cup in Ruka, Finland The young Terentyev, a 22-year-old from Naryan Mara, a city outside the Arctic Circle, came to his first victory in his career, after a direct clash with the best sprinters on the planet, Norwegians Erik Valnes and Johannes Klebo Terentyev achieved the result 2: 31.71 in the final, leaving Klebo behind for almost a second and a half (1.43 seconds).
Previously, Terentyev had the best qualifying time, and he won both the quarterfinals and the semifinals. Valnes reached the third step of the winner's podium, which was 2.32 seconds behind the winner in the final. Potential favorites, Russian Alexander Bolshunov and Italian Federico Pellegrino did not pass the first round of elimination competitions, so they were satisfied with 17th (Bolshunov) and 29th (Pellegrino) place.
In the women's competition, the dominance of Swedish women. The victory, the second in her career, was recorded by 27-year-old Swede Maja Dahlqvist, who had a result of three minutes, one second, and 81 hundredths in the final.
Her compatriot Johanna Hagström was in second place with a lag of 1.77 seconds, while the third place was taken by Norwegian Maiken Caspersen Falla with a lag of 2.02 seconds. The Cross-Country Skiing World Cup continues today.
In the men's competition, we will watch the 15 km classic style, and in the women's 10 km race, also in the classic style.
Finn Iivo Niskanen(29) was the fastest in cross-country skiing at 15 kilometers classic, on domestic snow in the Ruka ski resort.
Niskanen crossed the section in the time of 33: 08.6, which brought him the sixth victory in his career and a total of 21 podiums and announced a good season. In second place is Russian Aleksey Chervotkin with 8.3 seconds behind, and third was also Russian Alexander Bolshunov, with 15.2 seconds behind Niskanen.
Bolshunov won the podium a little ahead of Norwegian Erik Valnes, who was 1.1 seconds behind the Russian, followed by Ustyugov, Semikov, Iversen, while Johannes Høsflot Klæbo is ninth. Klebo is the first in the general classification with 119 points, Valnes is second with 118, and Alexander Terentyev is third with 115.
The victory, the second in her career, was recorded by 27-year-old Swede Maja Dahlqvist, who had a result of three minutes, one second, and 81 hundredths in the final. Somewhat later, also in the Ruka ski resort, a 10-kilometer classic race for women was held, and 22-year-old Frida Elisabeth Karlsson celebrated.
The Swede came to the second victory in her career in the time of 24: 29.4, and so she celebrated in front of the legendary Therese Johaug who was 13.7 seconds behind.