Sarah Schaber (GER) wins gold in skiathlon - UPDATED
Heavy snowfall didn't stop Sarah Schaber (GER) to win gold medal in 5 km C + 5 km F skiathlon at the FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships in Val di Fiemme. Alisa Zhambalova (RUS) takes silver and Anna Dyvik (SWE) goes for bronze.
Russian and German skiers very active during the whole competition. After the ski exchange top 7 ladies were in 4 seconds. Lotta Udnes Weng took over the lead in the free technique part and led the group to the last intermediate at 8.5 km. Julia Belger (GER) had a bad luck and fell down in a downhill and the four-way leading group was reduced to three skiers, Weng, Zhambalova and Schaber. Anna Dyvik had a powerful last kilometre of the race and closed the gap on the leading group before the stadium.
Schaber opened a gap on the last climb before the stadium and kept distance on the group of four with Zhambalova, Udnes Weng, Dyvik and Nepryaeva. The chasing group came together to the home stretch. Zhambalova powered to silver as Dyvik out sprinted Udnes Weng in the battle for bronze.
Sarah Schaber (GER)
Today’s result was really surprising for me, I am astonished and very happy. Last week I was ill and I couldn’t train as I had planned for this competition. I focused on the race and I was ready to do my best, but I would have never believed I could win the gold medal, I just can’t describe my happiness right now.
Alisa ZHAMBALOVA (RUS)
Today's race was tough, the snow was heavy and I don't like racing when it's snowing. In the classic part I tried to stay in front of the group, as it is my favourite technique. The skis were really good, also in the skating part. I tried my best to keep with the pace of the race leader but I'm really satisfied with this great result.
Anna DYVIK (SWE)
I am happy about the result and I couldn’t believe it. I had really great skis but it was a little bit loose on the skate. The most challenging part was the beginning of the skating so I took it easy at the beginning and then I skied faster on the second lap.
1. Sarah Schaber (GER) 30:45.8
2. Alisa Zhambalova (RUS) +2.0
3. Anna Dyvik (SWE) +2.9
4. Lotta Udnes Weng (NOR) +3.3
5. Natalia Nepryaeva (RUS) +3.9
6. Anastasia Sedova (RUS) +6.7
7. Yulia Belorukova (RUS) +7.6
8. Jonna Sundling (SWE) +12.8
9. Julia Belger (GER) +29.6
10. Katharina Hennig (GER) +35.1