Raul Shakirzianov

Video: U23 Men’s 30 k Skiathlon

ERZURUM, Turkey — It’s short, but we were able to film parts of the men’s 30 k skiathlon at U23 World Championships on Saturday. Russia’s Raul Shakirzianov won by 0.9 seconds over teammate Evgeniy Belov. Noah Hoffman (USA) sat in near the front for much of the race but finished eighth in a close sprint finish. Results

Shakirzianov Conquers Erzurum Skiathlon; Hoffman Eighth In Sprint Finish

ERZURUM, Turkey —No matter what the level or competition, mass starts have a tendency to separate the men from the boys. Saturday’s 30 k skiathlon at U23 World Championships was no different—and with the top 11 U23s on the FIS ranking list present at Kandlilli for the skiathlon, the competition was certainly stacked. After over an hour of alternately hammering and dogging the pace, the lead pack got serious in the final kilometers. Russia’s Raul...