MAR 06, 2017
The Atomic cross-country stars close to two medals.
LATHI: CONVINCING PERFORMANCE AT THE NORDIC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
The Atomic cross-country stars at the Nordic World Championship in Lahti were only missing 35 hundredths for two medals. Thus, the young team returned with tin twice - after some convincing achievements. Hanna Falk, one of the favorites, got fourth place in the Sprint Freestyle Technique as well as Jonas Baumann, the second racer of the sensationally strong Swiss men's relay team.
STRONG PERFORMANCE COUPLED WITH SOME BAD LUCK
Redster poster child Falk had qualified as fourth out of 107 athletes for the knockout rounds and had moved to the finals with some effort, to be defeated at the end by 15 hundredths in the forceful final sprint. The 27-year-old Swedish lady fell a bit behind expectations over the 10km in Classic. Kathrine Rolsted Harsem (NOR) achieved rank 13 in the Sprint after a seventh best time in the qualifications.
U23 world champion and Redster future hope Victoria Carl was struck by bad luck in the Skiathlon over 2 x 7.5 km in the Classical and Freestyle Technique. The 21-year-old German fell after only a few hundred meters breaking her pole. Relegated to rank 39, she started a great catch-up hunt and catapulted herself to rank 15 with the eighth best skating time.
“The biggest issue was that I had to race the bulk of the competition all by myself due to the fall.”
The Atomic men, Giandomenico Salvadori (24) and Jonas Baumann (26) knew how to please. The Italian achieved rank 10 in the 15 + 15 km Skiathlon after the fifth fastest skating split - the best result since his World Cup debut in 2015. Baumann, on the other hand, clearly outperformed his best World Championship result. Even more impressive the performance in the Relay. Baumann led Switzerland as second racer in Classic from the 7th to the 5th rank, in the end only two tenths were missing in the final sprint for the bronze medal. Salvadori won 8th place with Italy's relay team.