OtherRacingDasha Gaiazova Places 6th In U23 Classic

FasterSkier FasterSkierFebruary 2, 2006

FIS U 23 Cross-Country Skiing Championships in Kranj-Medvode (SLO)

Individual start 10 km C women and 15 km C men, 02.02.2006

Dasha Gaiazova of Canada followed up her 5th place finish on Tuesday with a 6th place in today's U23 Classic race. She was 1:13 behind the winner.

Justyna Kowalczyk from Poland is the winner of the 10 km individual start race in the classical style. The athlete from Poland finished the course in 28:07 minutes clearly ahead of the Russian Irina Artemova who was 23,9 seconds behind. The third place took the team-mate from Artemova, the 21-year-old Ioulia Tchekaleva, 29,9 seconds behind the winner. Kowalczyk is in the current overall World Cup ranking the 17th and took the first World Cup podium place this season in the 10 km classical race in Otepää (Estonia).

North Americans:
6. Dasha Gaiazova CAN
28. Lindsey Weier USA
30. Chandra Crawford CAN
36. Alison Crocker USA
32. Perianne Jones CAN
41. Madeleine Williams CAN
44. Kristina Owen USA
49. Kasandra Rice USA

The 21-year-old German Franz Goering won the today's 15 km men's race. 45 seconds behind finished the Russian Maxim Bulgakov the course in Medvode. His team-mate Alexander Legkov 55,5 seconds won the third place. Goering didn't give any change to the other athletes. He dominate the competition from the start.

North Americans:
23. Bryan Cook USA
31. David Nighbor CAN
37. Graham Nishikawa CAN
41. Michael Sinnott USA
45. Sean Crooks CAN
52. Brian Gregg USA
53. Philip Widmer CAN
56. Steve Scott USA

Some of the U 23 World Championships competitor will also start at the Olympic Games. For example Justyna Kowalczyk, Franz Goering and Alexander Legkov are nominate for Torino from their National Olympic Committee.

Weather: cloudy, – 3°C

Quote:

Franz Goering, GER: ” I started today with the starting bib number one. So I had to run my own race from the beginning. In the second part of the race I get the information that I more than 20 seconds before the second racer, Bulgakov and I could control than the race easily. The course was not very difficult, 80 % of the race I only push, but during a competition each course is difficult.”

Results: http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/604/1228.html?event_id=17492&cal_suchsector=CC



Bryan Cook, photo: Metod Mocnik


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