Johaug and Sundby end impressive seasons with victories

13 March 2016 00:09
Ski Tour Canada champions Sundby and Johaug
Ski Tour Canada champions Sundby and Johaug -
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Therese Johaug (NOR) and Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR) capped their most successful FIS World Cup seasons ever with Ski Tour Canada victories.  Both started the final stage 8 pursuit competitions at least 30 seconds back from the leaders  - but showed why they were both the best Overall World Cup skier during the 2015/16 season - erasing the early deficit to win with clear margins.  

Johaug began 30 seconds behind her teammate Heidi Weng (NOR) but closed that gap in the first few kilometers and had skied away from her teammate by the halfway point of the race to finish +1:07.8 ahead.  Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg (NOR) started the day in third place and ended the Tour in that position +2:13.3.  Finland's Krista Parmakoski recorded the day's fastest time to get her first ever individual World Cup victory.  

With the season now closed Johaug captured her second career Overall World Cup crystal globe.  Sundby won his third consecutive Overall crystal globe.  Only Gunde Svan and Bjorn Daehlie have previous achieved this feat on the men's side.  

Sundby never lead the Ski Tour Canada until the final stage when he overcame a 39 second deficit to Russia's Sergey Ustiugov to capture his 8th consecutive Tour victory.  Petter Northug Jr. (NOR) started the day in second place but was unable to handle the pace of Sundby or Ustiugov and settled for 3rd place +1:52.5 back from the lead.  Ustiugov fought hard but was unable to match Sundby and crossed the line in second +57.7. 

France's Maurice Manificat was the fastest of the day recording his second World Cup victory of the season.  

OFFICIAL RESULTS

LADIES - 10 km pursuit classic 

FINAL SKI TOUR CANADA STANDINGS 

1. JOHAUG Therese 1988 NOR 34:12.4
2. WENG Heidi 1991 NOR +1:07.8
3. OESTBERG Ingvild Flugstad 1990 NOR +2:13.3
4. PARMAKOSKI Krista 1990 FIN +2:56.2
5. DIGGINS Jessica 1991 USA +3:08.5

Complete Ski Tour Canada standings are available HERE

FASTEST OF THE DAY

1. PARMAKOSKI Krista 1990 FIN 33:41.8
2. JOHAUG Therese 1988 NOR +0.6
3. DIGGINS Jessica 1991 USA +18.9

Complete results for Fastest of the Day available HERE. 

OVERALL WORLD CUP STANDINGS

1. JOHAUG Therese NOR 2681 pts
2. OESTBERG Ingvild Flugstad NOR - 379
3. WENG Heidi NOR - 509 

Complete overall World Cup standings are available HERE.

DISTANCE WORLD CUP STANDINGS

1. JOHAUG Therese NOR 1533 pts
2. WENG Heidi NOR - 388
3. OESTBERG Ingvild Flugstad NOR - 557

Complete distance World Cup standings are available HERE. 

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MEN - 15 km pursuit classic

FINAL SKI TOUR CANADA STANDINGS

1. SUNDBY Martin Johnsrud, NOR 44:06:35.2
2. USTIUGOV Sergey, RUS +57.7
3. NORTHUG Petter r. +1:52.5
4. MANIFICAT Maurice, FRA +2:18.4
5. HARVEY Alex, CAN +2:53.9

Complete Ski Tour Canada standings are available HERE

FASTEST OF THE DAY

1. MANIFICAT Maurice, FRA 45:54.6
2. HEIKKINEN Matti, FIN +10.6
3. SUNDBY Martin Johnsrud, NOR +49.9

Complete Fastest of the Day results available HERE. 

OVERALL WORLD CUP STANDINGS

1. SUNDBY Martin Johnsrud, NOR 2634
2. NORTHUG Petter Jr., NOR -1032
3. KROGH Finn Haagen Krogh, NOR -1050

Complete overall World Cup standings are available HERE

DISTANCE WORLD CUP STANDING

1. SUNDBY Martin Johnsrud, NOR 1444 pts
2. MANIFICAT Maurice, FRA -681
3. DYRHAUG Niklas, NOR -715

Complete distance World Cup standings are available HERE.