Norway’s Johannes Høsflot Klæbo has continued his dominance of the cross-country skiing scene by winning the gold medal in the men’s free sprint at the International Ski Federation (FIS) World Nordic Skiing Championships in Seefeld.
The triple Olympic and defending World Cup champion, winner of eight races on the FIS Cross-Country World Cup circuit this season, took yet another win today in 3min 21.17sec in the Austrian resort.
That time saw the 22-year-old, leader of the current World Cup standings, win the gold medal ahead of the defending champion Italy’s Federico Pellegrino.
Pellegrino, an Olympic silver medallist at Pyeongchang 2018, fell short of regaining his title by 0.23 seconds.
The bronze medal went to Russia’s former under-23 world champion Gleb Retivykh, who crossed the line 1.37 seconds behind Klæbo.
Norway also won the gold medal in the women’s race where Maiken Caspersen Falla took the top prize to defend her title.
The 28-year-old, who also finished first in 2017, triumphed for the second time in a row with a time of 2:32.35.
That saw her beat the reigning Paralympic champion Stina Nilsson from Sweden.
Having won four times on the World Cup circuit this season, the Swede could not match Falla today, finishing 1.66 seconds behind.
Norway also picked up the bronze through Mari Eide.
She finished 2.84 seconds behind Falla.