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Erik Valnes won the sprint in Oberhof. © ANSA / RONALD WITTEK

Oberhof: Norway with another demonstration of power

It should be clear to everyone that Norway is a power in the cross-country skiing World Cup. The athletes around Johannes Høsflot Klæbo, Erik Valnes and Harald Østberg Amundsen are time and again the fastest in their profession. The other nations felt a renewed demonstration of power on Friday at the sprint in Oberhof (Germany).

Four Norwegians were in the sprint final, and four Norwegians gave their competitors Valerio Grond (Switzerland) and Ben Ogden (USA) no chance. Led by Erik Valnes, who celebrated his third World Cup victory this season, the Scandinavians were unbeatable today too. The places behind the day's winner went to his compatriots Ansgar Evensen and Even Northug, who reached the podium for the first time this season. World Cup leader Harald Østberg Amundsen, who came fourth, narrowly missed the podium.

The Azzurri Federico Pellegrino and Simone Mocelli were both eliminated in the quarter-finals, while Klæbo got stuck in the semi-finals. With this result, Amundsen remains ahead in the overall standings, while Valnes was able to reduce the gap in second place. The next race will take place in Oberhof on Saturday at 12.00 p.m.

Linn Svahn was the fastest runner in Germany. © ANSA / RONALD WITTEK

For women, the wind blows from a different direction. It was not Norway, but Sweden that dominated the sprint in Oberhof. Linn Svahn took her fourth World Cup victory of the season ahead of her teammates Frida Karlsson and Jonna Sundling. The fourth Swede in the final Emma Ribom came sixth, while Kristine Stavaas Skistad (Norway) took fourth place and Germany's Laura Gimmler took fifth place.

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