(Lahti, Finland) - The 2017 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships kicked off today with qualification competitions in the 5/10 km interval start classic event. Iceland's Elsa-Gudrun Jonsdottir has won the ladies' 5 km classic qualification competition in Lahti stadium. She crossed the line in a time of 15:23.9 which was good for a 20.1 second margin of victory over second place finisher Nansi Okoro of Bulgaria. In third place from Australia was Katerina Paul +34.2 seconds back of the winning time.
In the men's 10 km classic interval start competition it was Kresimir Crnkovic of Croatia who crossed the line in first place with a time of 26:21.5. In second place +55.6 seconds behind was Lithuania's Deividas Klisevicius and in third was Achbadrakh Batmunkh from Mongolia +1:05.5 back.
Qualified athletes will now have the chance to begin distance competitions during the Championships in Lahti.
LADIES 5 km classic
1. JONSDOTTIR Elsa-Gudrun 1986 ISL 15:23.9
2. OKORO Nansi 1999 BUL +20.1
3. PAUL Katerina 1996 AUS +34.2
4. CHINBAT Otgontsetseg 1991 MGL +40.5
5. SKENDER Gabrijela 1999 CRO +54.7
MEN 10 km Classic
1. CRNKOVIC Kresimir 1995 CRO 26:21.5
2. KLISEVICIUS Deividas 1997 LTU +55.6
3. BATMUNKH Achbadrakh 1994 MGL +1:05.5
4. SEYD Seyed Sattar 1987 IRI +1:20.0
5. DE MARRE Thibaut 1998 BEL +1:20.1