Weng and Halfvarsson win Lillehammer sprints

02 December 2016 13:59
Heidi Weng NOR
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Heidi Weng of Norway and Calle Halfvarsson of Sweden have won the classic sprint competition on stage one of the Lillehammer mini-tour.  Both athletes will have the overall World Cup leaders yellow bib heading into tomorrow's 5/10 km free technique competitions.  Halfvarsson arrived in Lillehammer already with the yellow and Weng earned it with her win today after two 3rd place finishes in Ruka.  For Weng it was her first ever World Cup victory in a sprint competition after recording 10 sprint podiums in previous World Cups.  In second place for the second weekend in a row from Norway's Maiken Caspersen Falla +0.48 behind.  Falla has not finished worse than second place in the last 6 World Cup classic sprints.  Hanna Falk of Sweden took third place +1.06 off the lead for her first podium since Jan 2011 in Liberec, CZE where she placed second in the free technique sprint.  

In the men's 1.6 km classic sprint Halfvarsson increased his overall World Cup lead with his victory today.  It was only his second ever career individual World Cup win.  His last came in 2013 in the free technique sprint in the Tour de Ski in Oberhof, Germany.  Halfvarsson after three World Cup competitions leads the World Cup standings by 26 points over Finland's Iivo Niskanen who was 4th place in today's sprint, a career best sprint result for him.  In second place was Norway's Emil Iversen who literally finished on the the tails of Halfvarsson skis just +0.12 behind.  Teodor Peterson of Sweden took third +0.54 back for his first podium since Falun 2014 during World Cup finals mini tour.  

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ATHLETE QUOTES

Hanna Falk (SWE)
I am very happy today. It has been six years since I was last time on the podium. I've had to wait a long time to come back. I felt stronger and stronger during the day. In the final I tried to follow Maiken and Heidi.

Maiken Caspersen Falla (NOR)
I feel much better about the second place today than I did last week in Ruka. I think I had a good race. I had some troubles in my quarter and semifinal. My plan for the final was to be in the front.

Heidi Weng (NOR)
I didn’t believe I could ski fast in sprints but now everybody could see I am fast. My final was very good. I am not so good at downhills but today was amazing. It was a perfect day.

Teodor Peterson (SWE)
I was 4th last week so 3rd place is great. I had a good prologue. I saw Calle was very strong, especially on the final uphill. I tried to attack in the last meters but it was not enough.

Emil Iversen (NOR)
I always hope for a win but 2nd place is a good way to start the mini tour in Lillehammer. Being the best Norwegian of the day means I did a good job. The final was really fast. I tried my best on the final uphill but Calle gained some meters and it was enough for him to win.

Calle Halfvarsson (SWE)
I felt strong in the prologue and in all the heats. I decided to go out of the track on the last climb because I had a better grip there. I think I am headed in the right direction. We will see tomorrow how things are.

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

LADIES 1.3 km Sprint C 

1. WENG Heidi 1991 NOR 3:15.76
2. FALLA Maiken Caspersen 1990 NOR +0.48
3. FALK Hanna 1989 SWE +1.06
4. OESTBERG Ingvild Flugstad 1990 NOR +2.99
5. SVENDSEN Anna 1990 NOR +6.27
6. BELORUKOVA Yulia 1995 RUS +16.75

Complete results are available HERE

Overall World Cup Standings

1. WENG Heidi NOR 170 pts
2. NILSSON Stina SWE 156
3. BJOERGEN Marit NOR 156

Complete standings available HERE

World Cup Sprint Standings

1. FALLA Maiken Caspersen NOR 126 pts
2. NILSSON Stina SWE 120
3. WENG Heidi NOR 110

Complete standings available HERE.

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MEN 1.6 km Sprint C 

1. HALFVARSSON Calle 1989 SWE 3:31.83
2. IVERSEN Emil NOR 1991 +0.12
3. PETERSON Teodor 1988 SWE +0.54
4. NISKANEN Iivo 1992 FIN +4.01
5. JOENSSON Emil 1982 SWE +41.96
6. GOLBERG Paal NOR 1990 +1:57.20

Complete results are available HERE

Overall World Cup Standings 

1. HALFVARSSON Calle SWE 166 pts
2. NISKANEN Iivo FIN 140
3. GOLBERG Paal NOR 134

Complete standings available HERE

World Cup Sprint Standings

1. GOLBERG Paal NOR 134 pts
2. HALFVARSSON Calle SWE 130
3. PETERSON Teodor SWE 93

Complete standings available HERE.