Sindre Bjornestad Skar romps for victory. UPDATED
Norway can celebrate after first day of the Junior/U23 World Championships in Otepää already four medals. After ladies’ triple in 5 km free Norwegian Sindre Bjoernestad Skar claimed World Champions title over 10 km Free.
Junior men’s race over 10 km free consisted of three 3.3 laps. Skar took the lead after first 3.3 km lap from Russia's Sergey Ustiugov. The Norwegian kept the high pace during the whole race and led at all intermediate points.
Ustiugov started very fast and slowed down last two laps. German juniors showed very good performance with Markus Weeger and Jonas Dobler fighting for the podium. Excellent last lap and strong finish brought Markus Weeger to silver medal. Finland’s Perttu Hyvarinen was after first 3.3 km only at 13th place. The young Finn speeded up and moved to 6th place after 6.6 km. In the last lap he was closely fighting with German Jonas Dobler for the bronze medal. Hyvarinen edged out the young German in the finish by only +1.2 sec and could celebrate bronze medal.
Snow: Hard packed
Perttu Hyvarinen (FIN)
I’m really happy with the bronze medal. The last lap was my best. I knew that track is really hard and snow is slow. I listened to my body because I knew I could be good towards the end of the race. There were many skiers on the course especially in the second lap.
Markus Weeger (GER)
I started little bit slow because I was aware of the hard track. Last part of the competition was a real fight. I gave all I had and it was enough. I am absolutely happy about the silver medal. In the end the margin between second and fourth place was very small.
Sindre Bjoernestad Skar (NOR)
It feels amazing to become the World Champion. I knew this race could be my best chance for victory and fought from the first meters of the race. I think the track is great and very tough. I expected Perttu would know fast today. I met him at Youth Olympics two years ago.