Norway’s Johaug, Sundby dominate World Cup races
DOBBIACO, Italy (AP) — Therese Johaug and Martin Johnsrud Sundby of Norway extended their winning streaks in distance races at a cross-country skiing World Cup meeting on Sunday.
Johaug won a fifth successive race for the first time in a season, while it was a fourth straight victory for Sundby.
“I don’t think I have ever been in such a good shape in my life,” Johaug said. “Watching Martin win and my victory has been a nice Christmas gift.”
It was Joahuag’s 25th World Cup distance win, moving her level with Bente Skari for fourth on the all-time list.
Johaug finished the 10-kilometer classic interval start race in 27 minutes, 22.4 seconds — more than 28 seconds ahead of Finland’s Krista Parmakoski.
Norway’s Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg was third, 40.1 behind her compatriot.
Sundby was one of many who opted for skate skis and double pole over the entire 15-kilometer course after Alexey Poltoranin did so to win in Dobbiaco last season.
Sundby beat Russia’s Alexander Bessmertnykh, who was on classic skis, by 12.6 seconds. Norway’s Sjur Roethe was third, 48.6 off Sundby’s winning time of 35:27.4.
“Last season I did not believe it was possible to win with double pole,” Sundby said. “I was so impressed by Poltoranin last year so I decided to train more double poling.”