It was an all-Norwegian men's final in today's classic sprint held in downtown Drammen, Norway where the course was surrounded by tens of thousands of loudly cheering Norwegian fans. Boerre Naess led the prelim with a smoking time of 2:41.85, which turned out to be by far the fastest of the day including times from all of the heats. An unbelievable 10 out of the top 12 qualifiers were Norwegians.
Odd-Bjorn Hjelmeset. Photo by Stian Hogland
US sprinter Torin Koos made it into the heats as well and finished fourth in his quarterfinal, but was subsequently disqualified. Other North Americans in the race were Chris Cook of the US team who finished 47th (2.5 seconds from qualifying) and Canadian Devon Kershaw in 41st (1.5 seconds out.) Unlike some competitors, Kershaw participated in both the sprint Tuesday where he finished third, and yesterday's pursuit race in Falun where he finished right in the lead pack, making today's race his third in as many days.
Full Results: http://www.fis-ski.com/uk/604/1228.html?event_id=17899
You can also view detailed results from each heat for the next two days at the following link: http://www.sportresult.com/sports/htm/cc/cc.htm