Emil Hegle Svendsen won today’s 10 km Sprint competition after taking off the last World Cup event in Presque Isle, Maine to spend some time training at home in Norway. The Sprint victory gives Svendsen four wins so far this season.
Svendsen relied on his strong skiing, especially in the final loop to stay seconds ahead of his rivals in a remarkably competitive competition. Svendsen had one penalty in standing and finished in a time of 24:51.4. Michal Slesignr shot clean and finished 7.2 seconds behind for second place, while Tarjei Boe also shot clean and was 9.3 seconds back for third place. Martin Fourcade barely missed the podium, finishing 9.7 seconds back with one penalty in standing.
The top North American finisher was Scott Perras in 30th place, 1:25.1 back with one penalty. Lowell Bailey was right behind him in 31st, 1:29.4 back with two penalties. JP Le Guellec finished 36th (1:45.4 back, two penalties), Leif Nordgren was 43rd (2:06.1 back, two penalties), Jay Hakkinen was 44th (2:06.9 back, no penalties), Tim Burke was 47th (2:16.9 back, three penalties), Nathan Smith was 53rd (2:30.4 back, two penalties) and Brendan Green was 55th (2:34.6 back, three penalties).
Tomorrow, the Women’s 7.5 km Sprint competition starts at 11:30 Eastern Time, 8:30 Pacific.