Cross-Country Skiing - Joensson gets off the mark with victory in Quebec

Sweden's Emil Joensson produced a fantastic finish to claim his first cross-country skiing World Cup win of the season in Quebec in the 1.6km sprint.

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Sweden's Emil Joensson celebrates his victory during the men's individual sprint cross country skiing World Cup at the Sprint Quebec event in downtown Quebec City (Reuters)

The 27-year-old former world bronze medallist held off his compatriot Teodor Peterson to finish in a time of 3:17.5minutes, while Russia's Alexey Petukhov had to settle for third.

There was disappointment for the Canadian crowd as home favourite Alex Harvey failed to qualify for the final and Joensson took full advantage to claim the 11th World Cup win of his career.

In the women's race Kikkan Randall, fresh from her success in the team sprint on Friday, was too strong for her competitors and finished first in a time of 3:40.2minutes.

Second on the day was Norway's Caspersen Maiken Falla while Sweden’s Ida Ingermarsdotter was edged into third.

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