Praz de Lys, France – The Russian men swept the podium, taking the top 4 spots in the 10km freestyle individual start at the World Junior Championships. Petr Sedov won his second straight gold, skiing to a convincing 32.6 second victory over teammate Andrey Kalsin. Pavel Vikulin was another 3.1 seconds back in third. Raul Shakirzianov was fourth, 10 seconds back of Vikulin.
Sedov, started fast, and was clearly the strongest skier throughout. Vikulin started fast, but faded in the second lap as Kalsin moved up.
This was Sedov’s fourth Junior World medal, and the first for his two teammates.
Said Sedov, “It was a good race for me, I am happy to take my second victory, but I must say I was more happy last time. I have to say thank you to the entire team, the coaches and the service stuff. It would not be possible to take the top four places without their great help. I started the race slow and tried to push hard at the end – this tactic worked out.”
The US was led by Noah Hoffman in 14th, +1:31. Teammate Patrick Johnson was just 12 seconds back in 19th. Lex Treinen was 43rd and George Cartwright 59th in the 92 man field.
Canada was led by David Greer in 24th, a mere .1 seconds ahead of teammate Graeme Killick in 25th.
World Junior racing concludes tomorrow with the relay.