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

All News 21:33 February 03, 2017

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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.

"It was a very difficult day and it was a difficult track," he said. "I'm very happy today becuase it was my first podium finish after six years. I've waited for a long time."

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.

"I didn't expect this win," the Slovenian said after the race. "I just wanted to be in the final, but I won."

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.

Gleb Retivykh of Russia (L) competes with Sondre Turvoll Fossli of Norway in the 1.5km sprint classic final at the FIS Cross-Country World Cup at Alpensia Cross-Country Centre in PyeongChang, Gangwon Province, on Feb. 3, 2017. (Yonhap)


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