Second in Saturday’s qualifier to Italian young gun Frederico Pellegrino, Alexey Poltoranin of Kazakhstan made a point to win every heat thereafter in the World Cup 1.5 k classic sprint in Davos, Switzerland. Poltoranin made the biggest splash in the final, dropping the field and winning by 5.49 seconds over Switzerland’s Dario Cologna.
Pellegrino finished 6.02 seconds back in third and American Andy Newell was fourth (+9.09). Poltoranin’s teammate, Nikolay Chebotko placed fifth (+11.51) and Canadian Lenny Valjas was sixth (+12.34).
Devon Kershaw (CAN) tied his season best in eighth, but he failed to advance out of the semis in fourth. Simi Hamilton (USA) was 13th after qualifying in fifth and placing third in his quarterfinal, which wasn’t quite fast enough for a lucky-loser spot.