Emil Joensson shines in Stockholm. UPDATED

16 March 2011 16:25

FIS Sprint World Cup winner 2010/11 Emil Joensson crushed the field today and clearly won Royal Palace Sprint in Stockholm.

Emil Joensson won in impressive style the men’s classical sprint in Stockholm. Swedish Carl Gustav could not be present today at the race but called Joensson the day before and encouraged him “to race for the king and country!” Joensson followed his wish and won both quarter and semifinal. Unlike many others Joensson decided not to double pole and had more energy in the finals. Qualification winner Ola Vigen Hattestad decided to use classical skis in the finals but Petter Northug skied on skating skis. In the climb towards the finish line Joensson strongly accelerated and beat Petter Northug. Ola Vigen Hattestad finished third.

In the overall sprint World Cup, Jesper Modin (SWE), todays fourth moved up to the podium by taking in the final ranking the third place behind Joensson and Ola Vigen Hattestad.

In the World Cup final, Joensson has now a gap before the race on Friday of 3,1 seconds ahead Petter Northug. The third is Ola Vigen Hattestad only 3,3 seconds behind the leader.

The World Cup Final continues after a rest day in Falun on Friday with a short interval start race.

Weather: sunny, -1°C

Snow: artificial, packed

Spectators: 10’000

Quotes

Emil Joensson (SWE)

It’s a great victory for me today. It feels amazing to win in front of the home crowds. Stockholm sprint is my favorite. The crowds were unbelievable today. The atmosphere was excellent. Other guys in the final were very strong. In the final climb all the fans cheered on it and me gave me extra power to push even harder.

Petter Northug (NOR)

The performance of Emil was impressive, he is definitively one of the best diagonal sprinter.