Tight race in mens relay – USA took the victory
The seventh competition day of FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships in Lahti included Cross Country U20 Relay 4×5 km Men’ s race. Winner team was USA with the margin of 3.8 seconds. Fight for the second place was very tight. Silver medal team was Russia with margin of 2,5 seconds ahead of the Germany bronze team.
Winner team USA, Luke Jager, Ben Ogden, Johnny Hagenbuch, Gus Schumacher, was happy today their result and gold medal position.
“I knew the pace was going to be really hard in the start and we made the plan just chill out little bit. I was confident with my skis and I was able to save lot energy. It was pretty tight in the end, but yeah I’m very happy”, said Jager.
“I think this gold medal we got is just a result of a collective effort with our team, coach support, parents’ help and our team mates supporting us”, said Hagenbuch.
A strong Russian team took silver medals. Andrey Kuznetsov, athlete of the second leg, tried to catch the leading teams.
“Right from the beginning we try catch that 7 seconds between me and the group. Last period I didn’t feel so good today, but still tried my best”, said Kuznetsov.
Florian Knopf, German on the 2nd leg, was happy with the result and the team tactics.
“It was a really tough race for me, but our first athlete Jacob Milz did very good job. So I was given a good possibility to chase them and in the end I could push more. I had really good skis and I want to thank our serviceman and also our whole team”, said Knopf.
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