Double victory for the Russians in Ladies 15 km Classic Mass Start
Russian Anna Zherebyateva took the win ahead of her team mate Lidia Durkina in the ladies’ 15 km competition in FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships. Katharina Hennig was third and took the bronze medal to Germany.
Zherebyateva was very happy about the victory.
“My tactic was to make a gap in the second loop. So I did exactly what I wanted. It went really well. Tracks were exactly right for me. This gold medal is an important step for my sport career”, said Zherebyateva.
Russian Lidia Durkina was the silver medalist 23,5 seconds behind Zherebyateva.
“I am very happy about the result, because I’m not in a very good shape now. I wanted to be sixth, but I got second place so I’m very happy! Me and Anna wanted to help each other to top three places and we both had a good race. Next up we have the relay in World Cup in Sweden. Seefeld World Championships will be my first ever championship and I try relax and memorize it well”, said Durkina.
Hennig was 37,5 seconds behind the winner.
“My goal today was to be as long as possible in the leading group and I am really happy to get a medal in my last U23 World Championships. It was my plan to keep up a fast pace from the start on and it went pretty well, but at the last loop I got problems. It has been a great week in Lahti. The World Championship in Seefeld is my next big goal and I am heading to training camp next week. I am very motivated”, said Hennig.
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