Kerttu Niskanen flies to gold in Otepää. UPDATED

29 January 2011 12:05

Finland’s Kerttu Niskanen outclassed all captured gold medal in the U23 sprint classic in Otepää. Britt Ingunn Nydal (NOR) seized silver medal and bronze went to Sweden’s Jennie Oeberg.

Niskanen dominated already qualification and was superior in all heats. Big favorite for today’s victory Hanna Brodin started slower in the qualification but made it all the way through to the final.

Brodin, however, could not keep up the pace when Kerttu Niskanen was setting the speed in the finals. The Finnish broke away in the last downhill and came comfortably to gold medal. Ingunn Britt Nydal of Norway and Sweden's Jennie Oeberg fought for silver and bronze. Nydal edged out Oeberg by a tip of a toe and claimed silver.

Weather: windy, cloudy, -1,7°C

Snow: varied

Quotes

Kerttu Niskanen (FIN)

It feels great to be a world champion. I wanted to win and this was a very good day for me. I was feeling very good during the whole race. My tactics today was to go as fast as possible after the shot. I had some problems to ski always in front because it was snowing.

Britt Ingunn Nydal (NOR)

I am very satisfied with the second place. My goal was to fight for the semifinal and then I went to the final. In the final I had more power than I expected. I like the track here a lot but I didn’t like the double polling at the end of the competition. I expected Hanna Brodin to be more in front today.

Jennie Oeberg (SWE)

I am very satisfied with the third place today; I didn’t expect to be on the podium. I am very happy with the race. Double polling was quite hard for me. Weather was no problem and my skis were very good.