Marit Bjoergen wins classical sprint in Kuusamo.UPDATED

25 November 2011 12:07
Marit Bjoergen, CHarlotte Kalla and Vibeke Skofterud sprint podium Kuusamo
Marit Bjoergen, CHarlotte Kalla and Vibeke Skofterud sprint podium Kuusamo -
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Marit Bjoergen of Norway remains unbeatable also this season. The Norwegian sensation dominated today's stage 1 of Ruka Triple.

Bjoergen proved again that she is a true allrounder, strong in all race formats and both techniques. Bjoergen went through the qualification easily with 5th best time. Bjoergen did save some reserves and got through all the way to the final without a problem.

In the finals Bjoergen took over the initiative from Finland's Anne Kylloenen in the second half of the 1.2 km track. The Queen of the World Championships in Oslo launched an attack and only Sweden's Charlotte Kalla followed the pace. On the stadium Marit Bjoergen came to the finish line unchallenged and with her typical smile on her face. Charlotte Kalla defended second place. Vibeke Skofterud who won the qualifification had a strong finish and defeated attacking Kikkan Randall of USA.

Marit Bjoergen took the lead in the Ruka Triple and won 60 bonus seconds. Vibeke Skofterud is currently second +4.5 sec behind. Charlotte Kalla is third +8.5 seconds behind the leader. Ruka Triple continues tomorrow with 5 km Free technique Individual Start.

Marit Bjoergen, NOR

I am happy with today’s race. I didn’t know my sprint shape before this but I see it is good. Tomorrow I want go very fast and reach the podium again. Everything is possible.

Charlotte Kalla, SWE

I didn’t expect this good race when I woke up in the morning. I see me, Marit and Vibeke are in very good shape now.

Vibeke Skofterud, NOR

I am surprised and very happy because this is my first victory in racing in senior class.  I am stronger than ever and I have more control on my skiing this year.