Heikkinen wins 15km Classic

Tue, 01 Mar 11:48:00 2011

Finland's Matti Heikkinen spoiled the Norwegian party as he finished ahead of two home favourites to take cross-country 15km classical gold at the FIS Nordic Ski World Championships in Oslo.

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The 27-year-old was faster than Norway duo Eldar Ronnig and Martin Juhnsrud Sundby to take the title, turning his bronze from Liberec two years ago into gold.

Heikkinen’s time of 38:14.7 minutes was the first gold of this year’s Championships for Finalnd, building on a bronze by compatriot Aino-Kaisa Saarinen in her 10km classical race just 24 hours earlier.

Despite being pipped to the gold on home turf by 13.3 seconds, there was no hiding the delight of Ronnig with his silver, his best ever individual finish.

And completing the podium was Sundby, with a time of 38:46.6 minutes, pipping Russia’s Stanislav Volzhenstev to a podium spot.

Meanwhile, Andrew Musgrave was 3:45.5 minutes behind first place, finishing 50th, while Callum Smith completed the course in 44:26.9 minutes for 70th.

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