Charlotte Kalla is Sweden's new champion over 15 km skiathlon

26 January 2012 13:04
Charlotte Kalla leading the way at 15 km skiathlon Ă–stersund
Charlotte Kalla leading the way at 15 km skiathlon Ă–stersund -
FIS

Charlotte Kalla became in yesterday's 15 km skiathlon in Östersund as she edged out Ida Ingemarsdotter and Sofia Bleckur.

Kalla broke away in the free technique part of the skiathlon and stormed to second consecutive win in this race format at the Swedish nationals. "It was great fun to compete tonight.," Charlotte Kalla said despite cold temperatures falling to -13°C in Östersund.

There were four skiers in the leading group during the classical part of skiathlon. Except Kalla and Ingemarsdotter, Sofia Bleckur and Maria Rydqvist were setting the pace. Rydqvist fel behind shortly after the ski exchange as Sofie Bleckur was keeping the pace high.

"It was quite dark at some parts of the course and I almost see nothing," Bleckur said impressing with stunning bronze medal. Aasarna ski club team mates Hanna Brodin and Ema Wiken finished in fourth, resp. fifth place. Maria Rydqvist was having a tough time in the free technique 7.5 km and came home in 10th place two minutes and 16 seconds off the pace.

"I'm happy I could go very hard after the ski exchange and that I kept the high speed all the way through," happy Charlotte Kalla said.

Results

You can find complete results at http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/604/610.html?sector=CC&raceid=19711

Contributed by Kjell-Erik Kristiansen, www.sweski.com