Falla and Brandsdal take Drammen city sprints
Maiken Caspersen Falla and Eirik Brandsdal, both of Norway won today's 1.3 km classic sprint competition in Drammen. With beautiful sunshine and crowd in the range of 15,000 people it was the atmosphere that is expected in Drammen. The Norwegian audience was treated to a Norwegian sweep of both podiums.
Following Falla onto the podium was Heidi Weng in second place +0.72 behind and in third Marit Bjoergen +1.51. With her third place finish today Bjoergen clinched her 5th Overall World Cup sprint crystal globe. The last time she won the sprint globe was in the 2005/06 season. She had won four straight sprint globes at that time. She joins Bente Skari (NOR) as the only female athlete to win 5 sprint globes.
Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg of Norway who needed a win today and for Bjoergen to finish in 4th place to win the globe settled for 4th place on the day and took 2nd overall in the sprint cup standings. Third in the standings was Falla.
Brandsdal won his second World Cup in a row and his third of the season and had a chance until the final to take the overall sprint globe from Finn Hagen Krogh (NOR). With his victory he passed Italy's Federico Pellegrino for second in the sprint cup standings.
Krogh was second today in the sprint and as a result claimed his first ever Overall World Cup sprint globe. Pellegrino hung for third in the final standings despite not advancing from his semi-final heat. Ola Vigen Hattestad last year's sprint crystal globe winning finish third today behind Brandsdal and Krogh.
The Drammen sprint concluded the sprint World Cup season and now the World Cup moves to Oslo for the Holmenkollen 30/50 km competitions the final events for this season. The men's 50 km will be on Saturday March 14, and the ladies' Sunday March 15th.
Maiken Caspersen Falla, NOR
I have to say Drammen is my favourite course. The crowd was amazing and the atmosphere was thrilling.
Marit Bjørgen, NOR
I was not sure I could win the sprint crystal globe. It’s been nine years since I won it last time. I am 34 and I was not sure if I can win it again. I knew I would have the fight with Ingvild.
Eirik Brandsdal, NOR
The World Championships in Falun did not go as I had planned. I wanted to end the season strong. I did everything I could to fight for the crystal globe for the sprint. I knew I had to win. It is great to win two consecutive World Cups.
Finn Hågen Krogh, NOR
It is amazing to win the crystal globe. I have focused on the World Cup, I have thought about it a lot. I am very happy about the second place and I'm just very, very happy now. This shows that I have skied well for an entire season and is a real proof that I am a stable skier.
OFFICIAL RESULTS - 1.3 km classic sprints
1. FALLA Maiken Caspersen NOR 3:01.37
2. WENG Heidi NOR 3:11.08 +0.72
3. BJOERGEN Marit NOR +1.51
4. OESTBERG Ingvild Flugstad NOR +2.49
5. NILSSON Stina SWE +3.49
6. VISNAR Katja SLO +10.27
Complete results for the ladies' sprint are available HERE.
1. BRANDSDAL Eirik NOR 2:38.18
2. KROGH Finn Haagen NOR +0.56
3. HATTESTAD Ola Vigen NOR +0.63
4. FOSSLI Sondre Turvoll NOR +5.31
5. USTIUGOV Sergey RUS +11.08
6. KRIUKOV Nikita RUS (Ranked as last)
Complete results for the men's sprint are available HERE.
OVERALL WORLD CUP SPRINT STANDINGS
1. BJOERGEN Marit NOR 610 pts
2. OESTBERG Ingvild Flugstad NOR 560 pts
3. FALLA Maiken Caspersen NOR 512 pts
Complete ladies' Overall Sprint World Cup standings are available HERE.
1. KROGH Finn Haagen NOR 479 pts
2. BRANDSDAL Eirik NOR 442 pts
3. PELLEGRINO Federico ITA 376 pts
Complete men's Overall Sprint World Cup standings are available HERE.