Kalla shines in Canmore

05 February 2010 18:33

Kalla took her victory in the 10 km individual start race on the demanding course in the Canmore Nordic Centre in a time of 25:00.6min. The young Swedish athlete was 9,7 seconds faster than World Cup leader Justyna Kowalcyzk from Poland. On third place finished Davos-winner Irina Khazova from Russia, 16,5 seconds behind the winner.

Kalla, who won her first season victory, started into the race with not too much pace but increased her speed towards the end. She was after 2,7 km on third place but then made it on the last 2 km to the first place. Justyna Kowalczyk had another tactic and started full gas - she was until the last kilometres always in the lead.

In the overall World Cup ranking, Justyna Kowalczyk is leading the ranking with 1495 points while Petra Majdic (SLO), who finished on 13th position today, has 1167 points and is currently second. On third place is Aino-Kaisa Saarinen from Finland. In the distance World Cup overall ranking the same athletes are in the lead.

Charlotte Kalla (SWE)

It was a great race today. I am so happy as this is my first season victory in the World Cup. Canmore and the tracks here are so nice, it is my first time here but I like it very much. We made our last preparations for the Olympics after this weekend at Mount Washington before going to the Olympics.

Justyna Kowalcyzk (POL)

This course is made for me. I like it very much - it is tough and hard but this is good for me. I was here in Canmore for the preparations in the past 1,5 weeks and I am satisfied with my race today. I started fast and at the end Charlotte was even faster.

Also for me the course is great. The long uphill's here I like very much. I'm satisfied with my preparations so far and happy to be able to finish today on the podium.

Irina Khazova (RUS)