Skiing - Sundby claims second individual World Cup win of career

Martin Johnsrud Sundby ensured there was a double celebration for Norway at the opening cross-country skiing World Cup winning the men's 15km freestyle as last season's title fighters failed to deliver.

Cross-Country Skiing - Sundby cements World Cup lead with 15km free victory

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Martin Johnsrud Sundby

Marit Bjoergen had earlier given the Norwegian spectators in Lillehammer plenty of reason to cheer after winning the women's 10km freestyle and Sundby was to do the same. The 28-year-old, who was part of Norway's silver-medal winning 4x10km relay team at the Olympics in 2010, paced his race to perfection to clock a winning time of 30:37.0minutes. Sundby took it easy over the first five kilometers of the Lillehammer course before upping the ante with his winning margin over Alexey Poltoranin of Kazakhstan 8.9seconds. That was only Sundby's second individual World Cup win of his career while Sweden's Marcus Hellner was third 11.1 behind the winner with Finland's Matti Heikkinen well off in fourth. Petter Northug, who won the World Cup title in 2010, finished seventh 35.4 behind Sundby, while the champion from the past two seasons, Dario Cologna was over a minute off the pace as he finished 19th. Brit Andrew Musgrave will have reason to be happy however after placing 27th while Martin Fourcade, making the switch from biathlon, started well but blew up to finish 47th.

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