Kowalczyk climbs to victory in Lillehammer 10 km classic - Updated
Justyna Kowalczyk won today's 10 km classic competition in Lillehammer. For Kowalczyk it is her first distance win in Norway and has now won 13 of the last 19 World Cup classic distance events. In second place was Sweden's Charlotte Kalla +12.4 seconsd behind and in third was Marit Bjørgen of Norway +25.6 of the winning time of 24:59.4.
- Kowalczyk led at all intermediate points
- Charlotte Kalla kept a steady pace and was second at all intermediate points
- In second place was Sweden's Charlotte Kalla +12.4 seconds behind and in third was Marit
- Bjørgen of Norway +25.6 of the winning time of 24:59.4
- Second top 10 for Sadie Bjornsen (USA) this season
- Marit Bjørgen keeps the current Overall World Cup lead
Justyna Kowalczyk (POL)
I’m pretty satisfied. Normally my shape is up and down in the beginning of the season. The track was very technical and very hard. I didn't want to start too hard, but after three kilometres I was almost dead. I was surprised by Charlotte Kalla. She has been in a very good shape.
Charlotte Kalla (SWE)
I am very happy with the competition. The most important thing is to be in good shape, then it doesn’t matter for me if it’s classic or free technique. I felt very good today, my classic was good and I felt so good go hard. I tried to keep focused in the fast downhills.
Marit Bjørgen (NOR)
I am very happy with the third place today. My body wasn’t there, but I fought very hard all the way. I heard I was competing for the third place against Therese. I was pushing hard toward the end of the competition. I am hoping for a better shape next week. The track was fast and hard but not as hard as I expected.
Ladies 10 km Classic Individual
1. Justyna Kowalczyk (POL) 24:59.4
2. Charllotte Kalla (SWE) +12.4
3. Marit Bjørgen (NOR) +25.6
Overall World Cup Standing
1. Marit Bjørgen (NOR) 369 pts
2. Charlotte Kalla (SWE) 341 pts
3. Justyna Kowalczyk (POL) 314 pts
Distance World Cup Standing
1. Charlotte Kalla (SWE) 167 pts
2. Justyna Kowalczyk (POL) 164 pts
3. Marit Bjørgen (NOR) 149 pts
Complete results are available HERE.
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