The Russians skied their way to the top of the podium on Sunday at Junior World Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy, with Natalia Nepryaeva winning the women’s 5-kilometer classic individual start in 14:05 and Roman Kaygorodov taking the men’s 10 k classic victory in 26:36.9.
Nepryaeva, 18, edged Sweden’s Sofia Henriksson by 2.7 seconds and another Russian, Anastasia Sedova, by 13.6 seconds for her first world title.
In his first race at Junior Worlds, Kaygorodov, also 18, captured his first title as well, beating Sweden’s Jens Burman by 5.5 seconds. Norway’s Petter Reistad was another 0.4 seconds back in third.
Canada’s Ricardo Izquierdo-Bernier (Fondeurs Laurentides) broke through in 14th at his first world championships. He was the lone Canadian man in the top 40, with Scott Hill (NDC Thunder Bay) placing 45th, Alexis Dumas (Skibec) finishing 46th, and Benjamin Wilkinson-Zan (NDC Thunder Bay) placing 66th of nearly 100.
Another Canadian, Dahria Beatty of the Alberta World Cup Academy (AWCA) notched her first individual top 20 in her third year at Junior Worlds. The 19-year-old Beatty placed 15th, topping her previous best of 20th in the freestyle sprint last Wednesday.
Also for Canada, Katherine Stewart-Jones (Nakkertok) placed 36th, Anne-Marie Comeau of the Pierre-Harvey Training Centre (CNEPH) was 38th and Frederique Vezina (CNEPH) 51st.
Two Americans placed 26th: Nicole Bathe (University of Alaska-Fairbanks) and Adam Martin (Northern Michigan University). For both, it marked their first top-40 results at their first world championships; Martin placed 40th in Friday’s 20 k skiathlon and Bathe was 47th in the women’s 10 k skiathlon.
Patrick Caldwell (Dartmouth) also made the top 30 in 29th, Lars Hannah (Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club) was 57th, and Cole Morgan (University of Vermont) 68th.
Marion Woods, also of UVM, finished 34th in the women’s race and Sloan Storey (University of Utah) was 43rd.
Results: Women | Men