Stanislav Rezac from Czech Republic and Christina Paluselli from Italy won the third FIS Marathon Cup 2003/04 race, KÃ¶nig Ludwig Lauf (50 km C) on Sunday. The Konig Ludwig Lauf has both classic and free technique divisions, but the classic race is a Worldloppet and FIS Marathon Cup points race, so all the big guns were classic skiing.
For Rezac it was the first victory in FMC series in season 2003/04, last year he finished second in Jizerska padestka, Marcialonga, KÃ¶nig Ludwig Lauf and Tartu Maraton and third in Vasaloppet. Paluselli, who did not participate in the Cup last season, won also Jizerska padesatka before KÃ¶nig Ludwig Lauf.
JÃ¶rgen Aukland (NOR), KÃ¶nig Ludwig Lauf and FIS Marathon Cup winner from last year, finished 1,2 sec after Rezac second. Mattias Svahn (SWE) finished 4,8 sec later third.
Sofia Lind (SWE) finished 1,5 min after Paluselli and second among ladies. Lara Peyrot, who dominated in the FIS Marathon Cup last season by winning 5 races out of 8, including KÃ¶nig Ludwig Lauf, lost to Lind 1,9 sec and finished third.
The highest placing Americans were Monique Merrill (12th female) and Peter Swenson (21st male) in the 50K Free Technique. Swenson is the older brother of US Ski Team star Carl Swenson.
Both Mihhail Botvinov (AUT, 11. place in KÃ¶nig Ludwig Lauf) and Christina Paluselli continue as the leaders of the Cup.
Among men Stanislav Rezac is now second (27 points behind), Raul Olle (EST) and Silvio Fauner (ITA) share the third place, being 34 points behind. Among the ladies Peyrot is second (40 points behind) and Sofia Lind third (85 points behind).
The next FIS Marathon Cup 2003/04 race is Tartu Maraton (63 km C) in Estonia next Sunday, on 8 February. The decision of taking place of Tartu Maraton will be made on Monday, 2 February afternoon.
Unofficial results KÃ¶nig Ludwig Lauf 2004
1. REZAC, STANISLAV CZE 02:01:16.9
2. AUKLAND, JORGEN NOR 02:01:18.1
3. SVAHN, MATTIAS SWE 02:01:21.7
4. HALLINGSTAD, ANDERS NOR 02:01:22.6
5. OLLE, RAUL EST 02:01:23.0
6. FAUNER, SILVIO ITA 02:01:23.4
1. PALUSELLI, CHRISTINA ITA 02:15:36.0
2. LIND, SOFIA SWE 02:17:08.6
3. PEYROT, LARA ITA 02:17:10.5
4. SMUTNA, KATHARINA CZE 02:19:48.3
5. PERSSON, ULRIKA SWE 02:21:21.7
6. VASILENOK, OLGA BLR 02:22:04.7