Kerttu Niskanen took the title

28 January 2010 10:03

The athlete from Finland claimed victory on the demanding course at the Notschrei (GER) in 29:36min, just 6,3 seconds ahead of the Russian Alevtina Tanygina and 14,8 seconds ahead Svetlana Nikolaeva (RUS).

Kerttu Niskanen dominated the race and was always in the lead in all intermediate points. The athlete from Sotkamo won already last year a medal at the U23 World Championships, a bronze medal in the sprint and could top this result now with the victory in the 10 km individual start race.

The result list is available here

Kerttu Niskanen (FIN)

Three years ago I won a medal at Junior World Champs as well. This season was very difficult for me. I performed quite well at the end of the last season But I was ill most of the fall for 11 weeks and I could not train optimally. Even today during the race I did not feel extremely well. Therefore I am very happy about my victory.

Alevtina Tanygina (RUS)

Its my first time at World Championships and I won medal. I could not wish more. My tactic was quite good as I wanted to keep stable pace from the start to finish. 

Svetlana Nikolaeva (RUS)

I started very fast. I am very happy for my third place. Course was very tough and conditions were challenging. I did not follow how the others were racing I just focused on my performance and wanted to go as fast as possible. We like very much these conditions. It is our advantage compared to other teams as we are used to training and competing in this weather.