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Russian skier wins sprint event at Cross-Country World Cup in PyeongChang

All Headlines 21:04 February 03, 2017

By Joo Kyung-don

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea, Feb. 3 (Yonhap) -- Gleb Retivykh of Russia won the men's cross-country sprint event at an International Ski Federation (FIS) competition here on Friday.

Retivykh claimed his first career FIS Cross-Country World Cup victory after clocking a time of 3 minutes 30.79 seconds in the 1.5-kilometer race at Alpensia Cross-Country Skiing Centre in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province, some 182 kilometers east of Seoul.

Sondre Turvoll Fossli of Norway came in second with a time of 3:31.09, while Andreay Parfenov took third place at 3:31.52.

On the women's side Anamarija Lampic claimed her first-ever World Cup win after finishing a 1.4-kilometer race at 3:41.97.

Silje Oeyre Slind of Norway came in second with a time of 3:43.57, followed by Ida Sargent of the United States at 3:43.76.

No South Koreans qualified for the finals featuring the top 30 skiers. The country's cross-country hopeful Kim Magnus, a double gold medalist at the the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, pulled out of the race due to flu-like symptoms.

The FIS Cross-Country World Cup is one of the test events for the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics. It is also the first time that South Korea is hosting World Cup races in cross-country skiing.

The FIS competition will continue with skiathlon events on Saturday and team sprint races on Sunday.

kdon@yna.co.kr
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