Holmlund wins to take lead

Sun, 13 Mar 14:42:00 2011

Sweden's Anna Holmlund racked up her second straight FIS freestyle skiing victory on home soil in Branas, storming to ski cross gold to take the overall lead with just one round to go.

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The 2011 world bronze medallist, roared on by a partisan home crowd, edged out silver and bronze medallists Kelsey Serwa of Canada and Morte Hoeie Gjefsen of Norway to take gold while Germany's Heide Zacher was the unlucky finalist who finished outside of the medal places.

Holmlund won the opening World Cup race of the season in Italy but since then endured a barren spell that saw only one more win, ended only with victory in Switzerland last weekend.

But she now has 572 points, just five more than arch rival Zacher ensuring that, barring catastrophe for one or both of them, whoever finishes higher in the final race of the season in Norway will claim the overall title. But Serwa, 37 points adrift of Zacher and 42 behind Holmlund will be harbouring feint hopes of springing an upset.

Meanwhile, in the men's competition, Austria's Olympic silver medallist Andreas Matt may have already wrapped up the overall ski cross crown but that didn't stop him extending his lead in Sweden.

Matt cruised home to victory ahead of world champion Christopher Delbosco of Canada, taking his overall points tally to 779 with his seventh straight top-two finish of the season.

Delbosco remains in second place overall with 515 points while Finland's Jouni Pellinen is assured of third spot on 422.

More Than The Games / Eurosport

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