Johaug returns to World Cup with a victory - UPDATED

23 January 2016 13:23
Therese Johaug NOR
Therese Johaug NOR -
NordicFocus

After a one week absence from the FIS World Cup circuit Norway's Therese Johaug returned with a victory in the 10 km free technique interval start competition in Nove Mesto, Cze.  It was one of the closer ladies' podiums this season with just 9.3 seconds separating the top 3.  Following up on her second place finish in last weekend's sprint competition in Planica, Astrid Jacobsen of Norway was second again today +4.6 seconds behind Johaug.  Recording her second individual World Cup podium this season was the USA's Jessie Diggins +9.3 seconds back.  Sweden's Charlotte Kalla was just +4.2 seconds out of third.   

The ladies will be back in action tomorrow in the 4 x 5 km team relay.  Looking at today's results it should be a great fight for the relay podium with 4 Germans in the top 25, 4 Americans in the top 28, 4 Finns in the top 12 and 4 Norwegians in the top 6.  

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ATHLETES QUOTES

Therese Johaug, NOR
It feels great to come back to the World Cup with a victory. I have recovered very well from the Tour de Ski. I am happy that Astrid is on the podium with me.

Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen, NOR
This season has been a lot up and down for me. I am very happy it is going the right direction. It is great to be on the podium in the sprint last week and in the distance race today.

Jessie Diggins, USA
I’m so happy I can’t believe I am back on the podium again. It was a great day for the USA team. I am excited for the relay tomorrow.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

LADIES - 10 km F 

1. JOHAUG Therese 1988 NOR 25:09.1
2. JACOBSEN Astrid Uhrenholdt 1987 NOR +4.6
3. DIGGINS Jessica 1991 USA +9.3
4. KALLA Charlotte 1987 SWE +13.5
5. HAGA Ragnhild 1991 NOR +29.4

Complete ladies' results can be found HERE.