A quadruple win for Russia in men’s 30 kilometres – Sobakarev took gold
Last cross country competition of U23 men at FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships in Lahti was celebration of Russian Andrey Sobakarev who took the first podium in 30 kilometre’s mass start classic style race.
Russia took a quadruple win in the competition. On the second place was Ivan Kirillov with margin of 3,5 seconds behind gold medalist Sobakarev.
Ivan Yakimushkin took bronze. He crossed the finish line 1,4 seconds after silver medalist Kirillov.
The race was even for long. A group of 25 athletes stayed together until 20 kilometres. After that the group started to grow smaller. Sobakarev made his attack at the last kilometers of the race. He attacked on uphill and left rest of the group. Anton Timashov passed Japanese Naoto Baba at the stadium and all Russians were on top four.
Winner of the day thought that the race was really hard due to the heavy snow. Sobakarev made his attack at the last lap.
– I know that I’m a really good sprinter. That’s why I tried to save strength and stamina for the last kilometre, Sobakarev told.
Sobakarev came to Lahti especially for sprint and 30 kilometre’s race.
– In sprint I don’t have any medals and it’s sad but in 30 kilometres I came to win and I won so for me this a good event and week, Sobakarev summed up his week.
Next Sobakarev has a training camp on altitude. He will come back to Lahti for World Cup.
Silver medalist Kirillov has been four times in U23 Junior World Ski Championships.
– I’m glad that I’m here and able to compete. I did all that I can, Kirillov said.
Kirillov competes next at U23 National Russian Championships.
The bronze medalist Yakimushkin told the press that Russians didn’t have any team tactics in the race. Yakimushkin took his second bronze medal in these competitions.
– I didn’t put any targets for me on these Championships. I have two bronze medals and that’s good. I come here back to World Cup, Yakimushkin told.
Photo gredits JWSC2019 / Janina Pitkänen
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