Sergey Ustiugov storms to victory in sprint classic in Otepää. UPDATED
Sergey Ustiugov grabbed the gold medal for the junior sprint classic champion in Otepää. Russiad Ustiugov spurted over Sondre Turvoll Fossli of Norway. Russian set of medals grew more with third place of Gleb Retivykh.
Fossli was in great shape today winning the qualifying session. The Norwegian was unstoppable in quarterfinal and semifinal where he clearly dominated. In the finals Ustiugov, Fossli and Retivykh were in the lead. Emil Iverssen was close behind fighting for best position. The four escaped the rest of the field in the last uphill and created a gap. In the finish straight after the last curve Ustiugov had more power in his arms and spurted over runner up Fossli. Iverssen did not manage to come closer to Retivykh and challenge him for third place and Russian finished comfortably third.
Sergey Ustiugov (RUS)
I am very glad to win this race. And it is also a special day because this is the first time I beat Gleb (Retivykh). This track was very difficult for me. I saw the race where our Russian girl crashed and I was really disappointed about it. It also added strength because now I had to bring the medals to the team.
Sondre Turvoll Fossli (NOR)
I felt pretty good today, but Sergey was just faster than me. I am not disappointed at all, because this is my first year in the junior champs. I am very satisfied. My skis were really good. I really liked the track, there was a lot of double polling and I am strong in it. I started hard from the beginning, but it would have been better if I had had an easy start.
Gleb Retivykh (RUS)
I am very satisfied with the result. I also expected medal last year, but then my skis were not good. Today I was a little exhausted before the final so I am very happy with my result. It was a tough competition. At the last uphill all four of us were together, but downhill I tried to break away. It is very hard track here at Otepää.