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World juniors: Gelso's 16th highlights World Junior Championships for U.S. athletes

World juniors: Gelso’s 16th highlights World Junior Championships for U.S. athletes{mosimage}KRANJ, Slovenia – Matt Gelso was 16th Wednesday in the men’s 10-kilometer classic race on the second day of competition at the World Junior Championships.

Sadie Bjornsen as 25th in the women’s 5 km classic while Willy Graves was 32nd for the best U.S. result in nordic combined.

Norwegians Petter Northrug and Astrid Jacobsen, who both won the freestyle sprint Tuesday, won their respective races Wednesday. Northrug was 25.1 seconds ahead of Czech Martin Jaks to win in 26:33.2 while Jacobsen was the women’s gold medalist with a time of 13:57.9, finishing 18.4 seconds ahead of Czech Eva Nyvltova.

In the men’s 10 km, Gelso finished in 28:54.1 while Glenn Randall was 59th in the field of 100 with Max Treinen 60th and Jackson Harris 64th.

In the women’s 5 km, Bjornsen was 25th with a time of 15:14.0 with Liz Stephen, Morgan Smyth 41st in the field of 82 and Morgan Arritola was 50th.

Francois Braud of France won the nordic combined event, jumping to fifth place and posting the third-fastest time in the 10 km to win by 47.7 seconds over Germany’s Tom Beetz. Graves, 48th in jumping, turned-in the 16th-fastest 10 km to move up 16 places, finishing 5:26.1 back. Skyler Keate was 38th, Logan Oxford was 41st and Peter Freire was 48th.

The team jumping event is scheduled for Thursday.

– Courtesy USSA News Service

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