The race 15 km in free technique individual is the only one of the "traditional" race at this World Championships. And in this discipline Petter Northug and Johan Olsson won a double victory in the latest Alpina ESK PRO boots.
Petter Northug really wanted this gold, he worked for it and finally he took it!
Northug opened race in the fastest possible way and catching up athletes already after the first lap. After the first 5 km, Northug was already in the lead, 17 seconds ahead of Dario Cologna (SUI).
Johan Olsson started with a slower pace. During the second lap, Northug, Olsson and Gjerdalen kept the same pace and it looked like they were getting away from the others.
The final lap confirmed the same trends and Northug began to give time back. Nevertheless, the Norwegian was able to find somewhere the energy to keep his first position and, in the end, he defended his leadership from the attack of Gjerdalen and Olsson.