Lapierre continued strong success of France at JWSC2019
The fourth competition day of FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships at Lahti included U23 men’s 15 kilometer cross country freestyle race. Number one was French Jules Lapierre with clear margin of 29,8 seconds.
Fight of the second place was really tight. Michal Novak from Czech Republic took the silver medal with margin of just 0,02 seconds ahead of the bronze medalist Ivan Yakimushkin from Russia.
Winner Lapierre was happy with his performance today.
– It was a very good day for me. I’m very happy and in good shape. I like the track. It’s very tough.
France has started JWSC2019 in a strong way. French Jules Chappaz took a gold medal on Tuesday. Lapierre said to the press that this is the best way to start these World Championships. Lapierre will still take part in 30 kilometres race on Friday.
Silver medalist Novak was a little surprised of the result. He didn’t expect so good race. Novak took the first medal for Czech Republic in these competitions.
Novak thought that the track suited him very well.
– I competed here last year in world cup and previous year.
Novak will still take part at least 30 kilometres on Friday.
The bronze medalist Yakimushkin thought that first two laps were really tough for him.
– Sure I’m glad about the medal but still I’m far from my ideal condition but today I showed my best.
Yakimushkin didn’t yet know how his season continues.
U23 men’s next competition is on Friday. They compete medals on mass start 30 kilometer classic style race.
Photo gredits JWSC2019 / Janina Pitkänen
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