Northug claims gold on home snow

Sun, 27 Feb 12:51:00 2011

Norway’s Petter Northug proved why he is a double Olympic champion at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships – claiming gold in a stunning 30km pursuit in his home country.

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Northug – who won four medals at the Vancouver Olympics last year including two golds – was the pre-race favourite to top the podium in Oslo and didn’t disappointing breaking clear with 200m to go.

The 25-year-old had to settle for silver in the sprint three days ago behind Scandinavian rival Marcus Hellner, from Sweden, but left him for dead in sixth to win in a time of 1:14:10.4 hours.

Russia’s Maxim Vylegzhanin took silver in a hotly contested 30km pursuit in Norway 0.7 seconds behind Northug who won Olympic team sprint and 50km classic gold this time last year.

Vylegzhanin’s Russian teammate Ilia Chernousov occupied the last step on the podium crossing the line of the Oslo course nearly a second and a half ahead of Sergei Dolidovich from Belarus.

Meanwhile Great Britain’s Andrew Musgrave came home a disappointing 58th over six minutes behind Northug having finished 45th two years ago in Liberec and 51st at the Olympics.

More than the Games / Eurosport

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