Svendsen and Hakola win Muonio Sprints

Norway's Anna Svendsen and Ristomatti Hakola of Finland have won the 1.4 km classic sprint competitions in Muonio, Finland.  Both were also day's top qualifiers.  Svendsen qualified with an impressive 2.93 second lead over second place qualifier Natalia Nepryaeva of Russia.  Nepryaeva also followed Svendsen across the line in the finals for second place on the day.  In third was Poland's Justyna Kowalczyk. 

Hakola bested the men's field in the qualifier by 0.73 seconds ahead of Russia's Alexander Bolshunov and like the women's results the men's 1-2 in qualification were the same 1-2 in the final.  Andrey Parfenov of Russia rounded out the men's final podium in third place.  

Competitions continue tomorrow with 5/10 km classic events. 

OFFICIAL RESULTS - 1.4 km Sprint C 

1 .SVENDSEN Anna 1990 NOR
2. NEPRYAEVA Natalia 1995 RUS
3. KOWALCZYK Justyna 1983 POL
4. HEIMDAL Lovise 1995 NOR
5. NURMI Leena 1994 FIN

Full results available HERE

1. HAKOLA Ristomatti 1991 FIN
2. BOLSHUNOV Alexander 1996 RUS
3. PARFENOV Andrey 1987 RUS
4. HAARALA Juuso 1996 FIN
5. POLTORANIN Alexey 1987 KAZ

Full results available HERE