Kikkan Randall wins third straight Cup sprint


American Kikkan Randall collected the first U.S. World Cup cross country victory of the season today (Dec. 3) by outsprinting Russian Natalia Vedeeva to the finish in the Dusseldorf sprint through the city streets along the Rhine. It was Randall’s fourth career win and she grabbed the lead of the World Cup sprint standings. She sits fifth overall.

After a slow start in the sprint final Randall had to power through the pack and past the Russian for the win, her third straight sprint win going back to last season.

Coach Chris Grover clarified the effort, saying “She was so determined out there. Dusseldorf is such a short sprint for women (circa 900 meters and 1:45) that you can’t afford to be in the back in your heat. She did not exactly have the start that she wanted in the finals and she absolutely fought her way up to second place by the back side of the course (coming off of “Mt. Dusseldorf”) and eventually to the win in the finish stretch.”

“There was a lot of moving around out there today,” Randall said. “I was glad I had a little left in my legs at the end. It was so loud out there I couldn’t even hear myself breathing hard. It was really fun here today.”

Andy Newell qualified 14th but missed out on moving out of the first heat by a tenth of a second after breaking a pole in the quarter final.

Randall photo by Gepa

Place   Duesseldorf (GER)   Discipline   SP F Final
Date   03.12.2011   Category   World Cup
Race codex   2418   Gender   L
Valid for FIS Points   NO – Waiting reports   TD Name   Mach Petr (CZE)
       
  

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Time FIS Points
 1  10  1365857 RANDALL Kikkan  1982  USA     
 2  2  3485202 MATVEEVA Natalia  1986  RUS     
 3  8  3515087 VAN DER GRAAFF Laurien  1987  SUI     
 4  17  3105013 CRAWFORD Chandra  1983  CAN     
 5  11  3505481 BRODIN Hanna  1990  SWE     
 6  1  3185004 SARASOJA-LILJA Riikka  1982  FIN     
 7  3  3185003 MALVALEHTO Mona-Lisa  1983  FIN     
 8  13  3425365 FALLA Maiken Caspersen  1990  NOR     
 9  14  3505231 ERIKSSON Mia  1987  SWE     
 10  19  3425410 OESTBERG Ingvild Flugstad  1990  NOR     
 11  5  3205224 KOLB Hanna  1991  GER     
 12  16  3425404 EIDE Mari  1989  NOR     
 13  4  3565005 VISNAR Katja  1984  SLO     
 14  22  3295167 VUERICH Gaia  1991  ITA     
 15  26  3515055 GRUBER Bettina  1985  SUI     
 16  6  3485283 NIKOLAEVA Svetlana  1987  RUS     
 17  7  3185137 KYLLOENEN Anne  1987  FIN     
 18  12  3565034 CEBASEK Alenka  1989  SLO     
 19  20  3425177 GJEITNES Kari Vikhagen  1985  NOR     
 20  23  3565002 FABJAN Vesna  1985  SLO     
 21  9  3295000 BROCARD Elisa  1984  ITA     
 22  18  3195113 BUILLET Marion  1990  FRA     
 23  21  3425499 WENG Heidi  1991  NOR     
 24  24  3485032 KOROSTELEVA Natalia  1981  RUS     
 25  25  3425221 GROENVOLL Maria Nysted  1985  NOR     
 26  15  3505449 SOEMSKAR Linn  1989  SWE     
 27  27  1181848 YATSKAYA Oxana  1978  KAZ     
 28  28  3395048 OJASTE Triin  1990  EST     
 29  29  3505405 FALK Hanna  1989  SWE     
 30  30  3205225 ANGER Lucia  1991  GER     
 31  31  3485717 SOBOLEVA Elena  1992  RUS     
 32  32  3105019 JONES Perianne  1985  CAN     
 33  33  3205176 RINGWALD Sandra  1990  GER     
 34  34  3535320 BJORNSEN Sadie  1989  USA     
 35  35  3485221 SHAPOVALOVA Evgenia  1986  RUS     
 36  36  3485342 DOTSENKO Anastasia  1986  RUS     
 37  37  3205075 HERRMANN Denise  1988  GER     
 38  38  3105084 MARSHALL Alysson  1988  CAN     
 39  39  3505258 KORSGREN Lina  1988  SWE     
 40  40  3195056 JEAN Aurore  1985  FRA     
 41  41  3425703 SLIND Kari Oeyre  1991  NOR     
 42  42  3155111 GROHOVA Karolina  1990  CZE     
 43  43  3195059 BARTHELEMY Laure  1988  FRA     
 44  44  3195080 LOCATELLI Manon  1989  FRA     
 45  45  3185311 GRUNDVALL Maria  1991  FIN     
 46  46  3105040 GAIAZOVA Daria  1983  CAN     
 47  47  3055066 SMUTNA Katerina  1983  AUT     
 48  48  3505090 INGEMARSDOTTER Ida  1985  SWE     
 49  49  3395010 PORMEISTER Piret  1985  EST     
 50  50  3565014 JEZERSEK Barbara  1986  SLO     
 51  51  3535142 BROOKS Holly  1982  USA     
 52  52  3535124 SARGENT Ida  1988  USA     
 53  53  3155041 NYVLTOVA Eva  1986  CZE     
 54  54  3295193 LAURENT Greta  1992  ITA     
 55  55  3295088 DE MARTIN TOPRANIN Virginia  1987  ITA     
 56  56  3435004 SZYMANCZAK Agnieszka  1984  POL   

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