He might’ve waited 65-plus bibs for the end result, but it was all worth it for Alexander Legkov of Russia, who posted the fastest time in Saturday’s 10 k individual freestyle to beat Norway’s Petter Northug by 6.8 seconds. Legkov clocked in at 21:52.8, Northug was second and Maurice Manificat of France was third (+7.9).
An early leader, Sjur Roethe (NOR) had to settle for fourth (+12.4) ahead of David Hofer (ITA) in fifth (+15.5). Dario Cologna of Switzerland wasn’t exactly at the top of his game, finishing eighth (+19.3).
The top North American, Canadian Alex Harvey tied Russia’s Eveniy Below for 17th (+35.7). Noah Hoffman (USA) was 19th (+38.1), and Ivan Babikov (CAN) tied Italy’s Roland Clara for 23rd (+45.7). Devon Kershaw (CAN) was 35th just ahead of Kris Freeman (USA) in 36th.
Other North American results: 69. Tad Elliott (USA), 75. Kevin Sandau (CAN), 81. Lenny Valjas (CAN), 82. Simi Hamilton (USA), 88. Sylvan Ellefson (USA), 91. Andy Newell (USA)