Text: Topias Mikkonen

Photo: Janina Pitkänen

Emil Iversen from Norway won the men’s 30 kilometer skiathlon event in Lahti. He managed to repeat his victorious performance from the Norwegian championships, where he also took the gold in this event. Today, Iversen topped the rest by under a second beating his teammate Sjur Roethe in the final sprint.

– It was an easy race for me. I was well prepared and in good shape. The skis were also amazing so it was altogether a really good day for me, Iversen thought after the race.

There was a bunch of drama involved in the last lap. Favourites, such as Russian Alexander Bolshunov and Norwegians Simen Hegstad Krueger and Hans Christer Holund, fell down and lost their chances for glory. After all, it was Norway’s Paal Golberg, who managed to stay upright and finish third, seven seconds behind the winner.

– I knew something was going to happen during the final lap. I thought I could get to the top earlier but other guys were stronger today. Considering what happened, I’m happy for my third place finish, Golberg described the ending.

The hopes of the host country Finland were put on the shoulders of the Olympic champion Iivo Niskanen. He was the quickest in classic style but after the skis were exchanged, Niskanen wasn’t able to keep up the tempo and in the end crossed the finish line 8th, 33 seconds after Iversen.

– I had a well-balanced race, but a tiny slump at the beginning of the final lap cost my winning chances, Niskanen analysed.

Men’s 4×7.5 kilometer relay is on the schedule for Sunday. The event will start at 11.40 local time.

A link for the full results can be found here.