Sweden claim team sprint gold
Teodor Peterson left it late to snatch gold for Sweden in the team sprint event at the FIS Cross Country World Cup event in Dusseldorf.
On the final leg of the race Russia’s Alexey Petukhov kicked early for home but the 23-year-old Peterson hauled him back to take victory by two tenths of a second in a time of 18:22.7minutes.
Peterson and partner Jesper Modin were deserved winners in the end while Russia will not feel too disheartened with silver but Norway, with individual sprint winner Ola Vigen Hattestad in the team, had to settle for bronze.
The women’s race was a much more positive affair for the Norwegians as Maiken Caspersen Falla blew away her rivals in the home straight to take gold along with teammate Mari Eide.
Kikkan Randall, fresh from her success in the individual sprint yesterday, guided United States to second while the Russian team of Natalia Korosteleva and Natalia Matveeva took third.
Finland led the race down the back straight but always looked vulnerable and eventually had to make do with fifth after fading badly.