RacingWorld CupMore Relay Gold To Norway at the World Championships

FasterSkier FasterSkierFebruary 25, 2005

An estimated 20,000 spectators cheered on the team sprint relay event, which made its World Championship debut today in Oberstdorf, Germany. The two-person team sprint format has each individual racer skiing a total of three laps of roughly 1km, with a rest in between each lap after tagging off to their race partner. Although this event has been around on the World Cup circuit for some time now, today's team sprints were the first to be held as part of the official World Championships.

Norway's Marit Bjoergen made up for a dissapointing individual classic sprint result a few days ago, by hammering out an incredible final lap to take gold in today's freestyle sprint relay along with her 40-year-old teammate, Hilde G. Pederson.






Bjoergen was not the only one who managed to overtake Alena Sidko of Russia on the final lap; Finland's Pirjo Manninen sprinted to the silver medal while Sidko brought Russia in for a bronze medal ahead of Germany. Italy rounded out the top five teams, which all crossed the line within 11.1 seconds of eachother.

The Canadian team of Sara Renner and Beckie Scott finished dissapointingly at the back of the 10-team final. For the US, Kikkan Randall and Sarah Konrad did not advance from the semi-final, but finished 14th out of 18 teams overall.

Results — Oberstdorf World Championships, Women's 6 x 1.2km Freestyle Sprint Relay:

Final Round:

1 1 Norway NOR * 12:19.7 0.0
2 9 Finland FIN * 12:22.5 +2.8
3 13 Russia RUS * 12:23.3 +3.6
4 2 Germany GER * 12:29.5 +9.8
5 3 Italy ITA * 12:30.8 +11.1
6 5 France FRA * 12:33.9 +14.2
7 15 Kazakhstan KAZ * 12:37.9 +18.2
8 14 Switzerland SUI * 12:46.4 +26.7
9 11 Sweden SWE * 12:51.9 +32.2
10 12 Canada CAN * 12:52.1 +32.4

Final Standings:

1 1 74599 NORWAY NOR 12:19.7

2 9 74586 FINLAND FIN 12:22.5

3 13 74583 RUSSIA RUS 12:23.3

4 2 74588 GERMANY GER 12:29.5

5 3 74589 ITALY ITA 12:30.8

6 5 74613 FRANCE FRA 12:33.9

7 15 74587 KAZAKHSTAN KAZ 12:37.9

8 14 74593 SWITZERLAND SUI 12:46.4

9 11 74585 SWEDEN SWE 12:51.9

10 12 74607 CANADA CAN 12:52.1

11 7 74601 CZECH REPUBLIC CZE Semifinale

12 16 74592 BELARUS BLR Semifinale

13 6 74590 UKRAINE UKR Semifinale

14 19 102594 UNITED STATES USA Semifinale

15 4 74595 JAPAN JPN Semifinale

16 17 112434 PEOPLES REPUBLIC OF CHINA CHN Semifinale

17 18 112550 BULGARIA BUL Semifinale

18 8 112551 ARMENIA ARM Semifinale

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