Niskanen thrills home crowd with Ruka win

27 November 2016 13:20
Iivo Niskanen FIN
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NordicFocus

Finland's Iivo Niskanen has recorded his second career World Cup victory on the same trails he won his first World Cup two seasons ago.  Niskanen completed the 15 km classic course in a time of 35:27.6, which was good enough for a winning margin of 10.2 seconds ahead of Norway's Emil Iversen.  In third, also from Norway was Martin Johnsrud Sundby +11.2 seconds behind.  With his third place result today, Sundby joins Axel Teichmann and Lukas Bauer as the only athletes with three podium finishes in this event in Ruka.  It was a tight day of racing with just 33 seconds separating the top 10 athletes, who represented 5 different countries.   

ATHLETES QUOTES

Iivo Niskanen, FIN
I have always been good in Ruka. The track is perfect for me. I was lucky I could ski behind Niklas Dyrhaug. In the last lap I skied really hard. It was very difficult for me last season. I am very glad I could show my capacity in front of the home crowd.

Emil Iversen, NOR
I opened hard and then I was praying I can keep the pace. It was a little bit dark. I had to be careful in the downhills to stay on my feet.

Martin Johnsrud Sundby, NOR
I think I did a quite OK race. It was not perfect but I am happy about the 3rd place. I hope my shape gets better in the next days. Given the fact I was sick almost the whole week before Ruka it was a good day for me. I always want to win but today two guys were faster.

 

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

MEN - 15 km C

1. NISKANEN Iivo FIN 35:27.6
2. IVERSEN Emil NOR +10.2
3. SUNDBY Martin Johnsrud NOR +11.2
4. TOENSETH Didrik NOR +17.0
4. OLSSON Johan SWE +17.0

Complete results are available HERE

Overall World Cup Standings 

1. HALFVARSSON Calle SWE 116 pts
2. NISKANEN Iivo FIN              100
2. GOLBERG Paal NOR           100

Complete standings are available HERE. 

Distance World Cup Standings

1. NISKANEN Iivo FIN   100 pts
2. IVERSEN Emil NOR     80
3. SUNDBY Martin Johnsrud NOR 60

Complete standings are available HERE