Double victory for Russia at the JWSC in Val di Fiemme - UPDATED
Natalia Nepryaeva (RUS) and Roman Kaygorudov (RUS) win today Junior ladies 5 km Classic and Junior men 10 km Classic at the FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships in Val di Fiemme.
Nepryaeva took gold medal in 14:05.0 only +2.6 sec ahead of Sweden's Sofia Henriksson. Anastasia Sedova (RUS) took bronze +13.5 sec behind.
Natalia Nepryaeva (RUS)
I am exhausted, but winning a gold medal in a World Championship is an incredible satisfaction. I kept focused on my pace throughout the whole race, although I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to climb the last uphill. There was another girl in front of me and I kept skiing really close to her to keep control of my pace. I am really happy for the other girls in my team too, it’s a great day for Russia.
Sofia Henriksson (SWE)
I feel so happy today because I have been struggling for this medal for so long. In 2012 in Erzurum in the 5km Classic I finished fourth, only one second behind the bronze medal. It feels good to break up the three Russians. I hope we will get wonderful results tomorrow in the relay, we will fight to defend the gold medal from last year. Classic is my favourite style, so I was trying to have fun and to save energy. I did not have any strategy, I just tried to keep the speed over the top of the hills and downhills in order to have more energy for the very last climb.
Anastasia Sedova (RUS)
The snow on the track was really slow and heavy, it was incredibly exhausting. I wasn’t sure I could maintain my speed over the last part of the track, but I really hoped to get on the podium today. Tomorrow we will try to win another gold medal in the relay, it would be a fantastic result for Russia to close these Championships.
Roman Kaygorudov (RUS) stopped the clock in 26:36.9 to win gold. Jens Burmanof Sweden finished in silver +5.5 sec and Petter Reistad (NOR) claimed bronze +5.8 sec. back.
Roman Kaygorodov (RUS)
This is my first medal in a World Championship, I can't believe it! In the first part I didn't want to push too much, the snow was pretty slow and I wanted to save most of my energy for the last lap. When I finished this race I was totally exhausted, and for me this result will be unforgettable.
Jens Burman (SWE)
During the race I felt I had good power and I feel really good about it. I felt particularly strong on the last hill, I had a lot of energy and I think that it was a good race for me. The most competitive teams in these races are Sweden, Russia and Norway. I don’t do anything in particular in order to get encouragement or motivation, I only think I have to go fast.
Petter Reistad (NOR)
I am happy with the medal, even though I was going for the gold, but I went as fast as I could and so I have to be happy with that. The middle part of the race is the most demanding because towards the end you are going as fast as you can, but in the middle you must not push too hard and go over your limit. I keep thinking “I am awesome!” during the race. I dedicate this medal to my father, the rest of my family and my great Norwegian team.
Ladies' 5 km C
1. Natalia Nepryaeva (RUS) 14:05.0
2. Sofia Henriksson (SWE) +2.7
3. Anastasia Sedova (RUS) +13.6
4. Alisa Zhambalova (RUS) +16.4
5. Julia Belger (GER) +24.2
6. Yulia Belorukova (RUS) +27.4
7. Kozue Takizawa (JPN) +35.3
8. Ingeranne Stroem Nakstad (NOR) +36.5
9. Anna Dyvik (SWE) +38.0
10. Elsa Airaksinen (FIN) +43.1
Complete results HERE.
Men 10 km C
1. Roman Kaygorodov (RUS) 26:36.9
2. Jens Burman (SWE) +5.5
3. Petter Reistad (NOR) +5.9
4. Jules Lapierre (FRA) +12.9
5. Simon Lageson (SWE) +13.5
6. Marcus Ruus (SWE) +16.9
7. Valentin Chauvin (FRA) +18.4
8. Eirik Sverdrup Augdal (NOR) +26.9
9. Alexey Chervotkin (RUS) +34.4
10. Alexander Bakanov (RUS) +41.5