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Victory for Johaug and Marschall

Junior World Championships

Wed, Feb  27, 2008 - By FIS and US Ski Team

Therese Johaug (NOR) and the German Philipp Marschall claimed victory in the today's Junior World Championships Mass start race in free technique over 10 km (ladies) and 20 km (men).

The 19-year-old Therese Johaug won after the Interval start race on Monday also the Mass start Junior World Champion title. She finished 4,0 seconds ahead of Laure Barthemely from France, who won the Sprint race on Saturday. The third place took Lisa Larsen, only 4,5 seconds behind Johaug.

On the men's side, Philipp Marschall was the fastest over the 4 x 5 km loop shortly ahead of Petr Sedvoc (RUS, 0,5 seconds behind). Sedvoc won the photo finish ahead of Alexey Gridin from Kazakhstan, who took the third place.

Noah Hoffman (Aspen, CO) led the U.S. in the men's 20K freestyle technique mass start at the FIS Nordic Junior World Championships finishing 23rd despite breaking a ski at the start. Ida Sargent (Orleans, VT) led the U.S. women in 36th in the 10K.

The conditions in Malles were good, + 7 degrees, sunny and sometimes partly cloudy weather, soft snow.

Tomorrow the U23 Mass start competitions for both genders are on the schedule in Malles.

Please check for the detailed results: www.mals.it or www.fis-ski.com


Quotes:

Therese Johaug (NOR):

“I started two times and took in both races the victory, it would not be better for me. This World Championships are so awesome, because I think it could not beat this result. Today, I tried to push hard directly from the start and made a gap – I worked out and I had only to bring this advantage to the finish. On Friday I will take part in the relay competition and than I will travel immediately to the World Cup to Lahti.“

Philipp Marschall (GER)

„I didn't though in any time about getting a medal! It was an really tough race with challenging fights for the positions. It was very important to be in a front position. Normally, I'm not a sprinter but today it worked surprisingly good. I had top material – thank you to everybody!