Marit Bjørgen of Norway continued her World Cup dominance by cruising to her second victory of the weekend in Sunday’s World Cup freestyle sprint in Davos, Switzerland.
Bjørgen, who earned her 84th career World Cup win, was the first qualifier and comfortably made it through her quarterfinal and semifinal heats before taking the women’s final in a time of 2:35.86, 0.55 seconds ahead of Sweden’s Stina Nilsson.
Norwegian Ingvild Øestberg finished in third (+1.12) after winning last week’s freestyle sprint, which was also in Davos. Charlotte Kalla (+2.31) and Hanna Falk (+5.30), both of Sweden, were fourth and fifth, while sixth place went to Switzerland’s Laurien Van der Graaff (+12.09).
Americans Kikkan Randall and Sophie Caldwell took ninth and 11th overall. Randall was ninth and Caldwell eighth after qualifying, but both finished well back in their semifinal heat, with Randall 11.78 seconds behind Øestberg after a fall and Caldwell 13.17 seconds behind. Fellow American Ida Sargent qualified in and finished 29th.
On the men’s side, Italy’s Federico Pellegrino had his first-ever World Cup victory, taking the final in 2:19.36 after finishing fourth in his semifinal heat. Alexey Petukhov (+0.24) of Russia took second, edging out Norway’s Finn Hågen Krogh (+0.26) in a photo finish.
Sweden’s Calle Halfvarsson was fourth (+1.01), Sondre Turvoll Fossli of Norway was fifth (+1.43), and Emil Jönsson of Sweden was sixth (+11.02).
Lenny Valjas of Canada finished in 18th after qualifying in 12th to earn the top North American finish, while fellow Canadian Jesse Cockney placed 29th to garner his best individual World Cup result since 2012. The only American to qualify was Simeon Hamilton, who finished in 23rd after qualifying 14th.