SOLDIER HOLLOW, UT (Feb. 1, 2017) - Sweden’s Ebba Andersson picked up the third gold medal of her career, winning the women’s 5k freestyle Wednesday at the USANA FIS Junior Nordic World Championships on the Olympic trails at Soldier Hollow with a 13.8 second win over silver medalist Marte Maehlum Johansen of Norway. Russia’s Mariya Istomina took bronze.
Anderson came into the event as the favorite, starting last and chasing Johansen the entire way. Course conditions were hard packed under bright skies with temperatures just below freezing.
Vladislav Vechkanov led a Russian podium sweep in the men’s 10k freestyle at the USANA FIS Junior Nordic World Championships Wednesday. He took a 7.9 second margin over teammate and silver medalist Egor Kazarinov with Yaroslav Rybochkin taking bronze.
"I arrived at the finish and actually I didn’t think I would win gold. So I pushed knowing that I would be in top three, but not winning. I started really slow. The on the second loop I tried to increase my speed. On the last uphill I tried my best to make it to the finish line without any strength and I hoped I would be in the top three. But now I’m first!" - Vechkanov
Junior Worlds action continues Friday with a skiathlon.
- Ebba Andersson of Sweden won the third career gold medal of her career, taking a solid win in the women’s 5k freestyle at the USANA FIS Junior Nordic World Championships.
- Silver went to Norway’s Marte Maehlum Johansen with Russian Mariya Isthmian taking bronze.
- Russian swept the men’s 10k freestyle at the USANA FIS Junior Nordic World Championships.
- Silver went to Egor Kaarinov with Yaroslav Rybochkin bronze.
LADIES - 5 km F Interval Start
1. ANDERSSON Ebba 1997 SWE 12:45.4
2. JOHANSEN Marte Maehlum 1997 NOR +13.8
3. ISTOMINA Mariya 1997 RUS +15.3
4. COMARELLA Anna 1997 ITA +18.5
5. OGDEN Katharine 1997 USA +21.8
MEN - 10 km F Interval Start
1. VECHKANOV Vladislav 1997 RUS 23:08.6
2. KAZARINOV Egor 1997 RUS +7.9
3. RYBOCHKIN Yaroslav 1998 RUS +13.3
4. AMUNDSEN Harald Oestberg 1998 NOR +15.2
5. KILIVNYUK Kirill 1998 RUS +38.5
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