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Bakken and Nilsson Set 100 m World Records at Bislett

In a photo finish with Magnus Frodahl (NOR), Timo André Bakken (NOR) set a 100 m world record on cross country skis in Bislett Stadium in Oslo, Norway on Thursday. Frodahl was initially declared the winner, but upon video review it became apparent that Bakken had gotten his toe across the line first, clocking in at 11.82 seconds.

“I knew when I crossed the finish line that I was first, but it must have been something wrong with my chip,” said Bakken to Aftenposten following his win.

Petter Northug (NOR) failed to advance to the finals, but said afterwards that he knew he wouldn’t be able to contest the win.

“I have trained a lot with Magnus (Frodahl – 2nd place) and he is much faster than me at 100 meters,” conceded Northug.

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In the women’s 100 m, 18-year-old Stina Nilsson (SWE), who won the sprint at World Juniors this February, was the surprise victor and new world record-holder. Nilsson beat impressive names in the process — Marit Bjoergen (NOR), Charlotte Kalla (SWE), and Ida Ingemarsdotter (SWE).

“It went very well,” said Nilsson to Norway TV2 after the race.

When asked for an explanation for her speed, she attributed her quick reflexes to a Swedesh card game called “banka bäver,” which somehow requires fast response times.

Results: 

Men 100 m:

1. Timo André Bakken 11.82

2. Magnus Frodahl 11.84

3. Robin Bryntesson 12.55

4. Ola Vigen Hattestad 13.44

Women 100 m:

1. Stina Nilsson 13.19

2. Katja Visnar 13.44

3. Tatjana Stiffler 13.58

4. Ida Ingemarsdotter 13.87

Men 500 m:

1. Emil Jönsson

2. Ola Vigen Hattestad

3. Joeri Kindschi

4. Robin Bryntesson

Women 500 m

1. Laurien van der Graaf

2. Katja Visnar

3. Kikkan Randall

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