World SkiO Championships: Relay wins for Sweden and Russia

Posted on | February 15, 2015 | Category: News

Sweden’s women repeated their success at the European Championships by again taking gold in today’s Relay, coming to the finish 35.8 seconds ahead of Finland. Men’s European Champions Norway were disqualified today along with Finland, allowing Russia a clear victory by 52.7 seconds over Sweden.

Frida Sandberg for Sweden was behind Milka Reponen, Finland at the first changeover, but Tove Alexandersson put in a strong second leg for Sweden to take them into a lead which they held until the end, Josefine Engstrom holding off any further challenges. Russia took the bronze medals in a close finish with Norway; a small mistake by Audhild Bakken Rognstad to the penultimate control on the last leg left her too much to do to overtake Iuliia Tarasenko on the run-in.

Ville Petteri Saarela, Finland and Hans Jørgen Kvåle, Norway were both disqualified on the men’s second leg when they skipped one control, leaving Russia to take the gold medals. Taking out the disqualified teams, Russia led after the first leg and were second after leg 2, Andrey Lamov getting the better of Andreas Holmberg, Sweden on the last leg to take the victory. The relatively unknown Czech Republic team skied well throughout to come through to bronze medal position, ahead of a sprint finish for fourth and fifth places which was just won by Switzerland ahead of Latvia.

The Junior World titles both went to Russia with Finland second, and in the European Youth Championships the women’s title went to Russia and the men’s to Sweden.

The relays end a well organized World Championships in the Hamar and Løten region of Norway. Interviews are to be found in the Around the Arena section at the foot of this Home Page.

Leading results

Women

  1. Sweden (Frida Sandberg, Tove Alexandersson, Josefine Engstrom) 1:18:35.2
  2. Finland (Milka Reponen, Mira Kaskinen, Mervi Pesu) 1:19:11.0
  3. Russia (Kseniya Tretyakova, Tatyana Oborina, Iuliia Tarasenko) 1:22:50.3
  4. Norway 1:22:52.6
  5. Czech Republic 1:30:42.9
  6. Estonia 1:38:39.6

Men

  1. Russia (Kirill Veselov, Eduard Khrennikov, Andrey Lamov) 1:30:23.8
  2. Sweden (Peter Arnesson, Erik Rost, Andreas Holmberg) 1:31:16.5
  3. Czech Republic (Jakub Skoda, Radek Laciga, Jiri Bouchal) 1:37:36.8
  4. Switzerland 1:41:11.2
  5. Latvia 1:41:11.3
  6. Estonia 1:46:09.3
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