Canada claims gold medal in team sprint


alex harvey, devon kershawOh, Canada, what have you done?

The Canadian men upset the hosting Norwegians for the gold medal today (March 2) at the World Ski Championships in Oslo in the team cross country sprint.

The team of Devon Kershaw and Alex Harvey edged the heavily favored Norwegians Petter Northug and Ola Vigen Hattestad for the gold, with Harvey out-sprinting Hattestad through the customary fog to the finish. It marked the first ever Nordic world title for Canada. Russia got the bronze powering past Finland in the final lap.

Harvey said, “We’re really, really happy the way the race unfold for us… we both were in really good shape our skis were running good.”

And while it was Harvey who was left to out-sprint the Norwegian to the finish, it was Kershaw who put him into position to make the final charge. Kerhsaw explained what happened in his final leg: “Sami (Jauhojaervi of Finland) was so, so strong,” said Kershaw. “He just jumped me and I didn’t react fast enough. I tried to get back on him, but just as I realized that he had gained perhaps a little too much, right then Petter Northug (of Norway) attacked me, and I just slid right into his slip stream, and followed him through the exchange because I knew… he was going to work so, so hard to catch the Finnish guy, Jauhojaervi, up front. I thought it was the perfect position to put Alex, because he was right behind Ola Hattedstad. Hattestad did all the work and Alex had that monster finish and now we’re World Champs, so it’s awesome.”

Sweden took an all Scandinavia women’s team gold a little more than three seconds ahead of Finland with hosting Norway – minus triple gold medalist Marit Bjoergen – picking up the bronze. Olympic 10-k champion Charlotte Kalla kicked into high gear at the start of the final lap and held off the Finnish squad of Aino Kaisa Saarinen and Krista Lahtennmaki.

Canada’s Perianne Jones and Daria Gaiazova finished sixth and Sadie Bjornsen and Kikkan Randall of the U.S. ninth. The U.S. men’s team – Torin Koos and Andy Newell – finished tenth.

Under the team sprint format each team member skied three times on a 1.3k (women) or 1.5k (men) course. The men’s field included 26 teams from 13 nations and the women’s field 16 teams.

Place   Oslo
(NOR)
  Discipline   Team Sprint C
Date   02.03.2011   Category   World Ski Championships
Race codex   2123   Gender   M
Valid for FIS Points   NO – Waiting reports   TD Name   Pekk Tiit (EST)
       
  
Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Time FIS Points
 1  3  74607 CANADA    CAN   19:10.0  
 2  14  74599 NORWAY    NOR   19:10.2  
 3  15  74583 RUSSIA    RUS   19:10.5  
 4  7  74588 GERMANY    GER   19:10.9  
 5  5  74586 FINLAND    FIN   19:11.1  
 6  20  74587 KAZAKHSTAN    KAZ   19:21.5  
 7  1  74585 SWEDEN    SWE   19:22.0  
 8  19  74613 FRANCE    FRA   19:32.4  
 9  2  74589 ITALY    ITA   19:39.1  
 10  17  75805 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA    USA   20:01.6  
 11  16  74614 ESTONIA    EST   Semifinale  
 12  11  74729 SLOVAKIA    SVK   Semifinale  
 13  21  74601 CZECH REPUBLIC    CZE   Semifinale  
 14  9  74600 AUSTRIA    AUT   Semifinale  
 15  18  74595 JAPAN    JPN   Semifinale  
 16  4  74593 SWITZERLAND    SUI   Semifinale  
 17  22  74594 SLOVENIA    SLO   Semifinale  
 18  6  90966 POLAND    POL   Semifinale  
 19  24  112549 AUSTRALIA    AUS   Semifinale  
 20  13  171687 NEW ZEALAND    NZE   Semifinale  
 21  8  143961 LITHUANIA    LTU   Semifinale  
 22  23  144190 GREAT BRITAIN    GBR   Semifinale  
 23  10  74590 UKRAINE    UKR   Semifinale  
 24  25  91886 DENMARK    DAN   Semifinale  
 25  12  171686 VENEZUELA    VEN   Semifinale

Place   Oslo
(NOR)
  Discipline   Team Sprint C
Date   02.03.2011   Category   World Ski Championships
Race codex   2122   Gender   L
Valid for FIS Points   NO – Waiting reports   TD Name   Pekk Tiit (EST)
       
  
Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Time FIS Points
 1  3  74585 SWEDEN    SWE   19:25.0  
 2  9  74586 FINLAND    FIN   19:28.3  
 3  2  74599 NORWAY    NOR   19:29.1  
 4  10  74589 ITALY    ITA   19:40.1  
 5  1  74594 SLOVENIA    SLO   19:43.5  
 6  5  74607 CANADA    CAN   20:11.9  
 7  11  74588 GERMANY    GER   20:12.8  
 8  4  74595 JAPAN    JPN   20:19.1  
 9  12  75805 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA    USA   20:21.5  
 10  13  74583 RUSSIA    RUS   20:23.3  
 11  14  74614 ESTONIA    EST   Semifinale  
 12  7  74601 CZECH REPUBLIC    CZE   Semifinale  
 13  6  74587 KAZAKHSTAN    KAZ   Semifinale  
 14  16  143961 LITHUANIA    LTU   Semifinale  
 15  8  74590 UKRAINE    UKR   Semifinale  
 16  15  144190 GREAT BRITAIN    GBR   Semifinale

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