Posted on | February 12, 2013 | Category: News
Photo: Erik Borg
In the opening event of the Championships the Russian team of Anastasia Kravchenko and Kiril Veselov led from start to finish and took the gold medals in convincing fashion. But there were many changes of position behind them in this 6-leg relay, with an intense stadium atmosphere created by the very short courses with regular changeover.
At the finish the Russians’ lead was 1½ minutes, with Sweden’s team of Josefine Engström and Peter Arnesson taking the silver medals. Nine seconds behind them finished another Russian team, Tatyana Kozlova with Andrei Lamov, and fourth position and the bronze medals went to the Norwegian team of Audhild Bakken Rognstad and Hans Jørgen Kvåle. The leading Finnish team was in fifth place.
35 teams took part, each with one woman and one man, skiing 6 legs in the order W-M-W-M-W-M. The women skied 1.8 km legs and the men 2.1 km. There were two spectator controls as well as the changeover/finish in view of the audience, so there was action to watch all the time. The fastest skiers were taking under 10 minutes on their course.
Tomorrow the same arena at Gaiziņkalns, the highest hill in Latvia, will be used for the middle distance race, where the course lengths are 7.4 km for the women and 9.2 km for the men.
- Russia (Anastasia Kravchenko & Kiril Veselov) 59:21
- Sweden (Josefine Engström & Peter Arnesson) 60:52
- Norway (Audhild Bakken Rognstad & Hans Jørgen Kvåle) 61:25
- Finland (Sonja Morsky & Staffan Tunis) 61:45
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