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Bjørgen Overtakes Randall for Narrow Davos Sprint Victory

Marit Bjørgen pulled a classic Bjørgen move, hanging in contention but out of the lead until the last split-second of Sunday’s freestyle sprint at the World Cup in Davos, Switzerland. With American Kikkan Randall leading into the finishing stretch, the Norwegian world champ came on strong down the finishing stretch, beating Randall by one-hundredth of a second at the line.

Bjørgen won the 1.5 k sprint in 2:57.60 and Randall took second ahead of Germany’s Denise Herrmann in third (+0.24). Bjørgen qualified fourth, won her quarterfinal and placed second to Randall in the semifinal to capture her ninth World Cup victory in Davos.

“I had a good feeling today, but Kikkan is very strong,” Bjørgen said in a post-race interview with Randall’s husband Jeff Ellis, a media coordinator for FIS. “I was a little bit better than her so I’m really happy. That was really good.”

In her first World Cup final, Hanna Erikson of Sweden followed with a career-best fourth (+3.13), Slovenia’s Vesna Fabjan was fifth (+4.05), and Sweden’s Stina Nilsson took sixth (+7.54).

Americans Sophie Caldwell and Jessie Diggins made the semifinals, where they placed fifth and sixth, respectively, to end up ninth and 12th overall.

Also on the US Ski Team, Sadie Bjornsen placed 27th overall after finishing sixth in her quarterfinal, and Holly Brooks missed qualifying in 33rd, half a second out of 30th. (The top 30 were packed within 3.6 seconds of one another.) Ida Sargent placed 41st in the qualifier and Rosie Brennan was 61st for the U.S.

Canadians Dasha Gaiazova and Chandra Crawford placed 42nd and 43rd, respectively, in Crawford’s first World Cup this season.


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