Klaebo leads Norway's sprint clean sweep, Sundling wins for Sweden


Nordic Skiing - FIS Nordic World Ski Championships - Oberstdorf, Germany - February 25, 2021 Norway's Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo celebrates winning the Men's Cross Country Sprint Final REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

OBERSTDORF, Germany (Reuters) - Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo led a clean sweep of the individual sprint medals for Norway at the FIS Nordic Skiing World Championships on Thursday, and Jonna Sundling of Sweden stormed to victory in the women's race in unseasonably warm conditions.

Klaebo, who won gold in the individual sprint at the 2018 Olympics and the 2019 World Championships, put on a final spurt in the home straight to beat fellow Norwegians Erik Valnes and Haavard Solaas Taugboel in bright sunshine on a slushy course.

Klaebo and the Norwegian team skipped this year's Tour de Ski to prepare for the World Championships.

"It has been a demanding year, where we have made choices that ensured we would have our best days here, so that we succeed means a lot and it tastes extra delicious," Klaebo told Norwegian TV.

Sweden's Sundling had no such problems in her final, putting on a dominant display of pace and power from the very start to beat Norway's Maiken Caspersen Falla, with Anamarija Lampic of Slovenia taking the bronze medal.

Later on Thursday, Ema Klinec of Slovenia held her nerve in the final jump to take the gold medal in the women's normal hill ski jumping event. Norway's Maren Lundby edged out Sara Takanashi of Japan for the silver medal.

(Reporting by Philip O'Connor; editing by Ed Osmond)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
   

Next In Others

Snooker: O'Sullivan seeks protection from fans at world championship
Suga says he told Biden of commitment to move forward with Olympic Games in Japan
Soccer-Leipzig frustrated by Hoffenheim as title hopes hit
Fight fans use blockchain to back Britain's Loughnane
Get a kick out of the pressure
Tokyo will rekindle hope like 1920 Games after war, Spanish flu: governor
Athletics-World champion Coleman's ban reduced but still misses Olympics
Tokyo Olympics chief commits to Games as infections surge; fresh calls to postpone or cancel
Lakers forward Davis cleared for full-contact practice
Australia weighing whether to let athletes jump vaccine queue

Stories You'll Enjoy


Vouchers