Maiken Caspersen Falla takes victory in Rogla. UPDATED

18 December 2011 11:40
Maiken Caspersen Falla storming to victory in Rogla
Maiken Caspersen Falla storming to victory in Rogla -

Norway's Maiken Caspersen Fall took victory in today's free technique sprint in Rogla. Canada's Chandra Crawford nothed second place. Ida Ingemarsdotter of Sweden secured third place. 

Maiken Caspersen Falla was superior in today's free technique sprint and celebrates first sprint World Cup win in her career. Falla was on the ski tails of Russia's Natalia Korosteleva who was doing the donkey work for the big part of the final heat. Falla attacked in the last uphill before the stadium opened a gap and her competitor were without a chance.

Chandra Crawford was following Falla closely but the sprint Olympic champion from 2006 did not have enough power to pass the Norwegian. Qualification winner Ida Ingemarsdotter crossed the finish line in third place.

Maiken Caspersen Falla NOR

I'm extremely happy today. It is a dream come true for me. I was hoping to fit with Marit and Kikkan in the finishing straight and I'm sorry for Kikkan she fell. I was lucky I wasn't involved in any accident. I was feeling really strong and fast. We have been traveling since December 2 and I'm looking forward now to going home and enjoying Christmas

Chandra Crawford CAN

It was a great race today. I just tried to follow Maiken and I was hoping to pass her in the finishing straight but she was too fast. I'm looking forward to next sprints to come especially in Milano and Moscow. I'm traveling to Canada now.

Ida Ingemarsdotter SWE

I felt little bit sick two days ago and so we decided to skip the distance race and it proved to be the right decision. At the beginning of the season I did not get the results I wanted. I will take part in Tour de Ski and I hope I will have some good races there as well. I hope I will carry on this good feeling in next competitions.