On the final day of racing at the Junior World Championships in Liberec, Czech Republic, the men’s and women’s relays didn’t disappoint – with plenty of excitement on Sunday in the women’s 4 x 3.3 k and a definitive victory in the men’s 4 x 5 k.
Sweden’s women won the former, with Julia Svan, Sofia Henriksson, Jonna Sundling and Stina Nilsson, rising from second to first on the last leg and edging Russia by 2.2 seconds to win in 35:41.1. Just 0.4 seconds back at the final exchange, Nilsson outsprinted Russia’s Nadezhda Shuniaeva to the finish. Shuniaeva and her teammates, Alisa Zhambalova, Natalia Nepryaeva and Anastasia Sedova, took silver and Germany (Laura Gimmler, Katharina Hennig, Julia Belger, Victoria Carl) was third (+50.3) after holding that position throughout the race.
In the men’s relay, Russia’s Alexey Chervotkin, Artem Maltsev, Roman Tarasov and Dmitry Rostovtsev rebounded from slipping to fourth after the second leg to finishing first, 18.7 seconds ahead of Norway (Bjørn Vidar Suhr, Simen Hegstad Krueger, Magne Haga, Haavard Solaas Taugboel). Rostovtsev sealed the victory in 45:35.5 and Sweden (Oskar Svensson, Marcus Ruus, Oscar Ivars, Rasmus Hornfeldt) was 52.2 seconds back in third.
The Americans finished 10th in the women’s relay with Heather Mooney, Mary O’Connell, Emily Hannah and Corey Stock. They were 2:43.9 back from the winners and largely skied in the 10th position throughout.
The Canadian women (Maya MacIsaac-Jones, Anne-Marie Comeau, Cendrine Browne, Frederique Vezina) were 13th (+4:36.4) after rising from 15th following the first leg.
The U.S. men placed 12th with Logan Hanneman, Ben Saxton, Kyle Bratrud and Sawyer Kesselheim. They rose as high as ninth after the second leg and finished 2:14.6 behind the winners. Canada’s Alexis Turgeon, Zeke Williams, David Palmer and Raphael Couturier were 15th (+3:20.3) of 19 teams.