Ida Ingemarsdotter powers to victory in free technique sprint in Szklarska Poreba. UDPATED
Sweden's Ida Ingemarsdotter celebrates second individual sprint victory of the season as she dominates sprint free in Szklarska Poreba. Maiken Caspersen Falla (NOR) claims second place and Kikkan Randall (USA) takes third position.
Kikkan Randall and Natalia Matveeva happened to found themselves in the collision some 300 m after the start. Randall and Matveeva went down. Matveeva failed to come back and was out of the race. By the only climb on the 1600 m long course Kikkan Randall was back in the group in front with Ida Ingemarsdotter, Maiken Caspersen Falla, Astrid Jacobsen and Laure Barthelemy.
The two Norwegian ladies were leading the way down the hill but Ida Ingemarsdotter took over the lead and was the first in the curve before the finishing straight. Randall, Ingemarsdotter and Falla were fighting hard but the Swede had more power left and stormed to the first place. Maiken Caspersen Falla edged out the current sprint World Cup leader by a tip of her boot and claimed second place.
Kikkan Randall is leading the overall sprint World Cup ranking clearly 129 points ahead of Natalia Matveeva her strongest contender in that ranking
Overall World Cup leader Marit Bjoergen edged out already in the quarterfinal like home favorite Justyna Kowalczyk.
Marit Bjoergen finished 22nd and Justyna Kowalczyk 16th. Bjoergen is still in the lead of the overall World Cup ranking with 6 points margin to Kowalczyk
Ida Ingemarsdotter (SWE)
I'm really satisfied. I did not feel good this morning. I thought I would be happy with a place in the finals. It was my plan to attack in the downhill. I wanted to be first in the sharp curve before the finishing straight. I was focused on the finish line and tried to do my best and I was hoping to keep the first place.
Maiken Casperesen Falla (NOR)
I thought I was third when we crossed the finish line. I have not won many so close finishes so I am happy with my last meters of the competition. The track was really fast. It was important to stay away from trouble. I had a good start and avoided the collision between Kikkan Randall and Natalia Matveeva. I would like to finish in the top three of the Sprint World Cup standing but it will be hard.
Kikkan Randall (USA)
It was great atmosphere out there. It was fun racing today. Jakuszyce is a great place to ski. The skate sprints are done for this season and there are only classical technique ones left. It will be exciting to the finish of the season. I am getting quite attached to the red bib so I hope I will keep till the end.