Heidi Weng takes gold in 10 km Pursuit. UPDATED
Heidi Weng and Martine Ek Hagen claimed Norwegian double in Junior 5+5 km Pursuit.
Weng spurted over Hagen in the home straight and claimed long awaited Gold medal. Helene Jakob of Germany, who is one year younger then the both Norwegians, surprisingly took bronze medal.
Weng and Hagen are neighbors, have been in the same class at school and today were far the strongest in the pursuit. Start field remained compact after two 2.5 km classic laps. After the ski exchange Weng lost a bit when Elena Soboleva and Anna Scherbinina pushed hard and created a gap. Weng came back in the second uphill. Hagen moved in front and accelerated in the last lap. Heidi Weng seemed to have problems to follow but stick on Hagen and the Norwegian duo came together in the stadium. In the finish straight Weng had more left in the tank and sprinted over Hagen to gold.
Germany’s Helene Jakob took bronze medal. Jakob was sixth after the classic part and was in contact with the leading group. In the free technique part she got rid of the Russian girls and in second fastest time in the free technique part claimed the bronze medal.
For Weng it was the second medal this year at the FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships after being third in the 5 km individual start competition.
Weather: -0,6°C, windy
Snow: fresh, packed
Heidi Weng (NOR)
Everything was fantastic today and everything went as I planned. In the last lap I got really tired and I was very close to let Martine go. I thought about the gold medal in this race but I didn’t believe I could win it.
Martine Ek Hagen (NOR)
The race was fun. I had a very good feeling through the whole race and I enjoyed it a lot. I didn’t expect two Norwegians to be on the podium. I expected only Heidi to win but not me. She is in a very good shape.
Helene Jakob (GER)
The race was very good. In the morning my feeling was not so great, but before the race it changed. My skis were very good and classical style went very well. Being in the top ten was what I dreamed about. I am very happy to get the medal; it is a very positive surprise for me.