Diggins tops field in Lillehammer

03 December 2016 14:11
Jessie Diggins USA
Jessie Diggins USA -
FIS

The USA's Jessica Diggins has recorded her second ever individual World Cup victory on stage two of the Lillehammer mini tour.  Diggins completed the challenging 5 km course in free technique in a time of 12:40.3.  World Cup overall leader Heidi Weng (NOR) was second +4.8 seconds back with her teammate Marit Bjoergen in third place +15.8 second off of Diggins.  

Heading into the final competition of the 3-day mini tour Weng will have a 20.7 second head start over Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg (NOR) in the 10 km C pursuit.  Oestberg finished 5th on day two just 1.4 seconds from the podium.  Third on tomorrow's start list will be Diggins +21.6 seconds after Weng.  

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ATHLETE QUOTES 

Jessica Diggins (USA)
I really like the course here, especially the downhills. I am very happy with today. I had great skis and team around me. There were so many people believing in me. I skied as fast as I could and I had fun on the course. It’s gonna be tough tomorrow. I have been working a lot on my classic technique. We will see what happens tomorrow.

Heidi Weng (NOR)
At the last intermediate position I was behind Jessica and I knew she will be fast in the downhill. I felt very good today. I am leading before the last stage. I think Ingvild and Marit will go together. I will go as fast as possible tomorrow.

Marit Bjoergen (NOR)
It was not my best race ever. It was tough from the beginning. There were some strong girls in front of me so I tried to be pushing as hard as I could to the finish. I won some seconds on Astrid in the last kilometre. I am happy to be third.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

LADIES 5 km Interval Start F

1. DIGGINS Jessica 1991 USA 12:40.3
2. WENG Heidi 1991 NOR +4.8
3. BJOERGEN Marit 1980 NOR +15.8
4. JACOBSEN Astrid Uhrenholdt 1987 NOR +16.4
5. OESTBERG Ingvild Flugstad 1990 NOR +17.2

Complete results are available HERE

Overall Tour Standings

1. WENG Heidi NOR 15:35.0
2. OESTBERG Ingvild Flugstad NOR +20.7
3. DIGGINS Jessica USA +21.6

Complete standings are available HERE.