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Pursuit gold to Justyna Kowalczyk

Mon, Feb  23, 2009 - By FIS

26-year-old Justyna Kowalczyk from Poland made her second medal in three days. She won the pursuit race over 7,5 km + 7,5 km just 1,7 seconds ahead of Norwegian Kristin Stoermer Steira. The third place and also a second medal went to the 10 km world champion Aino Kaisa Saarinen from Finland who finished 8 seconds behind Kowalczyk.

It was an exciting race: At the end, the two leaders Steira and Kowalczyk had a tough fight on the last uphill which Kowalczyk won. For Steira, who led for most of the free technique part in front, it is the fourth World Championships medal, and the third in a pursuit World Championships race. She also won a medal in Oberstdorf and in Sapporo in this competition by finishing third both times.