Katja Visnar and Alexei Petukhov won Sprint Free qualification in Rybinsk
Slovenian sprint specialist Katja Visnar and Russian Alexey Petukhov were superb in today’s Sprint Free qualification in Rybinsk.
Visnar skied the qualifying lap of 1265 m in the quickest time of 2:52.01 and will start in the quarterfinal with bib number 1. Visnar’s compatriot lost +2.49 sec and secured second place. Italy’s Magda Genuin was down by +4.16 and claimed third best in the qualifying round. Yesterday’s winner Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland took fourth place.
Alexei Petukhov pleased the home crowd and sealed the qualifier victory on the men’s side. With the time of 2:30 56 Anders Gloersen qualified second and lost on Petukhov +0.74 sec. Martin Jaeger secured for Switzerland third place.
“Russia welcomed us today already with a lot of spectators and I believe the atmosphere will be even better today,” says FIS Cross-Country Race Director Jürg Capol. Both ladies and men will compete on identical 1.3 km course. “ We have a free technique sprint here on a 1,3 km course that have one longer uphill inside. Last year’s winner with Vesna Fabian and Nikolay Morilov are at the start but we have as well some other favourites like on the men’s side Alexey Petukhov, the Norwegian sprinters and on the ladies side Arianna Follis, Justyna Kowalczyk and Natalia Korosteleva. It will be an exciting race where several athletes can fix their last ticket for Oslo like for some Norwegian sprinters,” explained Jürg Capol.