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.
The top of the World Championship women races are shaped of the norwegian athletes. But in 10 km individual free technique race Russian Yulia Tchekaleva took 3rd place, which is the very first medal for russian female athletes. Yulia Tchekaleva of Russia, bumped of the podium the biathlete Mirium Goessner of Germany.
Therese Johaug (NOR) is the new World Champion on the 10 km FT individual. Marit Bjoergen (NOR) had to settle for silver for the first time in these World Championships.
At the Saturday's women skiathlonu Norwegian Heidi WENG won second bronze medal at the World Championships 2013. At the men's competition and very tactical race Alpina athletes Petter NORTHUG And Maxim VYLEGZHANIN were ranked on the 4th and 5th place.
At the Team sprint, which was held on Sunday, our athletes in pairs were placed just behind the top three.