Bjoergen wins again at cross-country World Cup

Bjoergen wins again at cross-country World Cup{mosimage}Marit Bjoergen won for the second time in as many days as Norwegians dominated the cross-country skiing World Cup opener on Sunday.

Bjoergen, last year’s overall world champion, and Hilde G. Pedersen won the women’s 6×800 team freestyle sprint event in 10 minutes, 5.7 seconds. Ella Gjomle and Guro Strom Solli of Norway finished second, 4.0 seconds back, followed by Russians Natalia Matveyeva and Alena Sidko, 4.7 behind.

Norwegians Trond Iversen and Johan Kjolstad took the men’s 6×1.5-kilometer team freestyle sprint in 18:19.5, edging Swedes Thobias Fredriksson and Bjorn Lind by 0.1.

Edlar Ronning and Tor Arne Hetland of Norway finished third, 0.5 back, at the event held on artificial snow.

Bjoergen also won Saturday’s 800-meter freestyle sprint as Norwegians captured three of the four races at the two-day event. About 25,000 spectators watched Sunday’s events.

– The Associated Press

World Cup
Team freestyle sprint
6×1.5 kilometers
Dusseldorf, Germany
Oct. 23, 2005


1. Trond Iversen and Johan Kjolstad, Norway, 18 minutes 19.5 seconds.
2. Thobias Fredriksson and Bjorn Lind, Sweden, 0.1 seconds back.
3. Edlar Ronning and Tor Arne Hetland, Norway, 0.5.
4. Jens Filbrich and Tobias Angerer, Germany, 1.7.
5. Rene Sommerfeldt and Toni Lang, Germany, 9.5
6. Jorgen Brink and Mikael Oestberg, Sweden, 13.3.

Team freestyle sprint
6×800 meters

1. Hilde G. Pedersen and Marit Bjoergen, Norway, 10:05.7.
2. Ella Gjomle and Guro Strom Solli, Norway, 4.0.
3. Natalia Matveyeva and Alena Sidko, Russia, 4.7.
4. Gabriella Paruzzi and Arianna Follis, Italy, 6.0.
5. Aino Kaisa Saarinen and Virpi Kuitunen, Finland, 9.9.
6. Lina Andersson and Anna Dahlberg, Sweden, 10.9.

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