Nordic

Scandinavia On Top in U23 Opener

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USSA
2017-01-31 16:02
 

SOLDIER HOLLOW, Utah (Jan. 31, 2017) - The USANA FIS U23 Cross Country Championships opened Tuesday at Soldier Hollow, with Scandinavian countries taking the lion’s share of medals.

Norway’s Fredrik Riseth won gold in the men’s classic sprint, with Swede Anna Dyvik victorious for the women. It was the second straight day of sunshine on the 2002 Olympic venue, with temperatures warming up above freezing for the first time during the Championships.

Riseth won by 1.05 seconds over Russia’s Alexander Bolshunov, who took silver. Norway’s Joachim Aurland won bronze. Riseth, the Junior World Champion from two years ago in classic sprint, qualified fourth and won each of his three heats.

Men's finish

Norway’s Fredrik Riseth took the gold in the men’s classic sprint Tuesday at Soldier Hollow. (U.S. Ski Team-Steven Earl)

Dyvik took more than a three second margin over silver medalist Thea Kroka Murud of Norway, with her teammate Maja Dahlqvist of Sweden bronze. Dyvik was the fastest qualifier but lost out to Dahlqvist in both the quarterfinal and semifinal heats. It was Dyvik’s first U23 medal after winning a relay gold and skiathlon bronze at the 2014 Junior World Championships.

The USA qualified three of four men and all four women into the heats. Cole Morgan finished ninth to lead the men with Jesse Knori the top U.S. woman in 15th. 

Wednesday it’s back to Junior Worlds with a 10k freestyle for men and 5k for women on the Olympic trails at Soldier Hollow.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Norway and Sweden took five of six medals as the U23 Cross Country World Championships opened with a classic sprint.
  • Norway’s Fredrik Riseth, the Junior World Champion from two years ago in classic sprint, won gold.
  • Sweden’s Anna Dyvik was fastest qualifier and took gold.
  • Wednesday will be back to Junior Worlds with a 10k freestyle for men and 5k for women.

 

MEDALISTS
Men’s Classic Sprint

Gold - Fredrik Riseth, Norway
Silver - Alexander Bolshunov, Russia
Browne -Joachim Aurland, Norway

Women’s Classic Sprint
Gold - Anna Dyvik, Sweden
Silver - Thea Kroka Murud, Norway
Bronze - Maja Dahlqvist, Sweden

AMERICAN FINISHERS
Men 

9 - Cole Morgan
18 - Patrick Caldwell
28- John Hegman
31 - Callan Deline

Women
(all four U.S. women qualified for heats)
15 - Jesse Knori
16 - Kelsey Phinney
18 - Nichole Bathe
22 - Corey Stock

RESULTS
Men's Classic Sprint 
Women's Classic Sprint

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