Alexander Panzhinskiy sprints to gold. UPDATED

29 January 2011 12:14

Alexander Panzhinskiy was unbeatable today in U23 Sprint Classic and became the World Champion. Timo Andre Bajjen secured silver medal having edged out compatriot Magnus Moholt to third.

Olympic Silver medalist Alexander Panzhinskiy proved to be the biggest favorite for today’s victory and dominated qualification. The Russian had been ill and resumed training a few days ago. Panzhinskiy won both quarterfinal and semifinal. In the semifinal 1 Calle Halfvarsson was disqualified for using wrong technique in classic competition.

Panzhinskiy showed his strength in the finish straight and came clearly to gold. Timo Andre Bakken (NOR) tried to close up on Panzhinskyi but the Russian was too strong. Bakken finished second and secured silver medal for Norway. Italian Dietmar Noeclker was fighting hard with Magnus Moholt for bronze medal. Photo finish decided that bronze medal would go to Norway.

Weather: cloudy, -1,7°C

Snow: Varied

Quotes

Alexander Panzhinskiy (RUS)

I’m feeling very good, even fantastic. The season hasn’t been very good for me because at the World Cup I was in the good shape but then I got sick and didn’t train for three days. I just started training two days ago. This morning I felt a little sick again, but I am very happy that I won today

Everything worked out well for me today. My qualification was the best one and I hoped to be among the best guys. At the finish I just hoped the other guys don’t follow me and that I have more power than them. I hope to start at the World Championships in Oslo.

Timo Andre Bakken (NOR)

The race was okay. I know Alexander has silver medal from Olympic sprint from last year. He is a tough guy so I didn’t expect to win. My skis were okay too. I feel good to win silver.

Magnus Moholt (NOR)

I’m happy with the bronze medal. I am not disappointed at all, because this is my first time at the World Championships. The weather was okay for me because in Norway it is also quite often snowy and windy.