Canadians claim team sprint goal
Wed, 02 Mar 13:20:00 2011
Canadian duo Devon Kershaw and Alex Harvey claimed men's team sprint classical gold in a dramatic blanket finish at the Nordic World Ski Championships in Oslo.
Kershaw and Harvey were neck and neck with the Norwegian, Russian, German and Finnish pairs going into the home straight and broke home hearts to top the podium.
The Canadian’s finished an agonising fourth in the team sprint at the Olympics in Vancouver last year but made up for such heartache by the width of their skis in Norway.
Kershaw and Harvey clocked a time of 19 minutes 10 seconds, just 0.2 seconds in front of Norway’s Petter Northug and Ola Vigen Hattestad with Russia’s Alexander Panzhinskiy and Nikita Kriukov behind in third.
Meanwhile in the women’s team sprint Swedish duo Ida Ingemarsdotter and Charlotte Kalla also made up for their country’s suffering, turning 2009 world silver into gold.
Anna Olsson and Lina Anderson had to settle for silver two years ago with Ingemarsdotter and Kalla upgrading that after comfortably crossing home first in 19:25.00.
“It is a wonderful day and our race went really well,” said Ingemarsdotter. “It is a great feeling to win, we did our best and I said to Charlotte that if I felt strong I would do something on the last lap.
“I felt strong and I got good support on the uphill element of the course and made sure that Charlotte had a few metres when she went off for the first lap.”
Finland’s Aino Kaisa Saarinen and Krista Lahteenmaki just edged out home hopefuls Maiken Caspersen Falla and Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen of Norway for silver, clocking 19:28.3 to finish just 0.8s ahead.
Oslo : Men's team sprint