Sport Norway win world team parallel gold

15:52  17 february  2021
15:52  17 february  2021 Source:   afp.com

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Norway claimed their first medal of the world ski championships when they beat Sweden in an all-Scandinavian final in the mixed-sex team parallel event on Wedneday.

Norway celebrate striking gold © Fabrice COFFRINI Norway celebrate striking gold

The quartet of Thea Louise Stjernesund, Sebastian Foss-Solevaag, Kristina Riis-Johannessen and Fabian Wilkens Solheim beat the Swedes 3-1.

Only Sara Hector won for Sweden, who also included Estelle Alphand, Kristoffer Jakobsen and Matthias Roenngren.

There was drama as Foss-Solevaag's run against Jakobsen was re-run.

The Norwegian was initially marked down as a DNF (did not finish) after pulling up a third of the way down the hill, but claimed interference from his Swedish rival.

Organisers agreed and Foss-Solevaag went on to win the hastily reset face-off.

Norway beat Japan, the United States and favourites Switzerland in their march to the final, while the Swedish foursome had seen off Slovenia, Austria and Germany.

The Germans claimed bronze in a tense tie-break against the Swiss title holders led by Wendy Holdener.


Nordic skiing: Norway's Holund, Lundby claim gold .
Nordic skiing: Norway's Holund, Lundby claim goldHolund finished in 33 minutes 48.7 seconds to cross the line 20.2 seconds ahead of fellow Norwegian Simen Hegstad Krueger while compatriot Harald Amundsen took the bronze medal in an event where the athletes start at 30-second intervals.

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