Johaug records largest margin of victory in Holmenkollen
Therese Johaug of Norway has won her third Holmenkollen 30 km title and her first in classic technique. Johaug led from the start and never looked back winning in a time of 1:24:55, for the largest margin of victory ever in a ladies' FIS World Cup. In second place, with her first Holmenkollen podium was Johaug's teammate Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg +3:46.5. In third place was Anne Kylloenen of Finland +4:16 back from Johaug. For Kylloenen this was as well a career best finish in the 30 km at Holmenkollen.
Norway showed it's strength again with 4 ladies in the top 8, and the Finnish ladies' continued their strong season with 4 in the top 11. Laura Mononen of Finland had a career best World Cup finish with 5th place in today's competition. Japan's Ishida Masako recorded her best World Cup result in a number of years with a 9th place finish just ahead of Poland's Justyna Kowalczyk in 10th position.
Therese Johaug, NOR
It was a very good race today. I was little bit nervous before the start. I had been sick and I did not know how the shape was. I wanted to keep focused on the technique. I was surprised to hear from the coaches that the gap was so big. It was probably my best race ever on Holmenkollen.
Ingvild Flugstad Østberg, NOR
It was an amazing race. It was a big fight for 2nd and 3rd place. I was prepared somebody will attack in the last lap but it was little bit surprising that it was me. I gained some seconds and could keep the gap to the finish line. Therese was too far ahead. Second place today smashed my previous best. Second place is like a victory.
Anne Kylloenen, FIN
It was an amazing day, my best 30 km ever. I had great skis. I was little bit sick after Nove Mesto so I did not know how the body will react. When Ingvild attacked I tried to follow her and then fought for 3rd place. I am excited about all our girls today. The team spirit is great.
LADIES - 30 km classic
1. JOHAUG Therese 1988 NOR 1:24:55.0
2. OESTBERG Ingvild Flugstad 1990 NOR +3:46.5
3. KYLLOENEN Anne 1987 FIN +4:16.0
4. WENG Heidi 1991 NOR +4:41.1
5. MONONEN Laura 1984 FIN +4:43.9
Complete ladies' results are available HERE.
OVERALL WORLD CUP STANDINGS
1. JOHAUG Therese NOR 1644 pts
2. OESTBERG Ingvild Flugstad NOR 1472 pts
3. WENG Heidi NOR 1221pts
OVERALL WORLD CUP DISTANCE STANDINGS
1. JOHAUG Therese NOR 966 pts
2. WENG Heidi NOR 671 pts
3. OESTBERG Ingvild Flugstad NOR 636 pts