Go, Canada, Go! Kershaw and Harvey are World Champions. UPDATED

02 March 2011 14:16

Canada's Devon Kershaw and Alex Harvey dominated Classical Team Sprint men and became World Champions.

Alex Harvey brought team Canada to the first Gold Medal in the men’s category at major event.

Foggy Holmenkollen offered thrilling and exciting Classical Team Sprint. Men’s race was a tactical battle between Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany and Canada. Sweden with Jesper Modin and Emil Joensson was considered to be one of the biggest candidates for victory. Team Norway with Petter Northug jr and Ola Vigen Hattestad was determined to bring home another gold medal.

Petter Northug who surprisingly was not the anchor man of the Norwegian team showed teeth many times and always sent Hattestad to his leg on front positions. Until the second last leg Norway, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Russia and Canada were together.

In the second last leg Sami Jauhojaervi shook off the rest of the athletes and created a solid margin. He sent compatriot Ville Nousiainen to the last 1.5 km loop on the first position. Group of chasers led by Hattestad and Harvey was coming close. Jesper Modin got in trouble and completely ran out of gas.

When entering the stadium Nousiainen was caught by Hattestad and Harvey. In the last uphill Nousiainen did a tactical mistake by letting the inner track free and offered a chance to Hattestad. At the same time Tim Tscharnke attacked and there were four athletes fighting for only three podium places.

In the home straight Hattestad and Harvey were fighting side by side for victory but the Canadian had more power left and brought Canada to historic success and first male Gold Medal. Hattestad brought Norway to silver and Nikita Kriukov showed his strength bringing Russia to bronze.

When crossiing the finish line happy Alex Harvey kissed his forefinger to celebrate this first gold medal of Canadian men at a major event.