MAR 06, 2018
The Redster Nordic unit carried on in their top Olympic form in the World Cup home straight. In the absence of the Olympic champion Simen Hegstad Krueger, Hanna Falk the 28 year old Swede, celebrated her 10th World Cup podium coming in third in the skating sprint in Lahti.
Only a week after her 5th place in the 30 km cross-country mass start in Selen, the prologue for Vasaloppet, the Redster athlete delivered a strong performance in the sprint qualifying over 1.4 km and outclassed her competitors by 3.5 seconds and more, except for the Russian Neprjajewa. Her clocked time of (2:54.72) was to remain the day’s best. After winning her quarter final, Falk qualified for the final by coming third in her semi-final, but was then beaten by 0.78 seconds in the end. However she has now moved up to 5th place in the overall Sprint classification.
Three other Redster athletes came in the top 20: Tiril Udnes Weng (13th), her twin sister Lotta (15th) and Anne Kjersti Kalvaa (18th). Ex-junior world champion Victoria Carl was unlucky, when she collided with a competitor in her quarter final and needed to be taken to hospital with head injuries. In the classic style distance races Giandomenico Salvadori delivered an impressive race to catch up. After 34th and 27th place at 1.1 and 6.5 km respectively the 25 year old Italian crossed the finishing line only 1:18 minutes down in 13th place. This was his second best individual result of his cross-country career to-date, after 12th place in the 15 km mass start in January 2016 in Val di Fiemme.