RUKA / STOCKHOLM. She had a 13.7 second margin to go on.
However, that was not enough for a new victory for Frida Karlsson.
Therese Johaug took revenge in Sunday’s hunt start in Ruka, while Frida Karlsson had to settle for a second place.
– I still think I follow my plan and do what I can today, says Karlsson.
After a lot of ups and downs, and above all enormous cold, it was finally ready to start in the ladies’ hunt start in Ruka.
And unlike the men’s race, which suffered from both Norwegian and Finnish dropouts due to the minus degrees on the thermometer, the best were there from the start on the women’s side.
Something that meant we got the duel that everyone had been waiting for.
Frida Karlssons success on Saturday, where she defeated the usually invincible Therese Johaug with a full 13.7 seconds, gave her pole position in the Finnish winter cold.
A margin which, however, did not prove to be sufficient.
After keeping the lead for over half the race, Karlsson finally got to see himself passed by the Norwegian 33-year-old.
– I was just trying to focus on mine. That was the plan. Focus on what I can influence. So when she tried to catch up, I went into myself. The brain wanted a lot, but the legs were a little tired, says Karlsson in the mixed zone.
This was followed by the fact that a gap was also formed between the two victory combatants.
And even though Frida Karlsson then made sure that the gap did not grow into something too big, she also did not manage to nibble on the Norwegian sovereign.
– I am happy with the race, I do what I can. But Therese is strong today and then it is only to congratulate, says Karlsson.
“A perfect opening weekend”
Johaug herself also felt strong when she slid over the finish line in solitary majesty and was able to state that she had revenge.
– I had a very good day and very good skis. Yesterday I was not sure of my shape, but today I got an answer. I am so happy that I drove today and got this victory, says Johaug in the victory interview on TV6.
Frida Karlsson instead had to settle for second place, with a good margin down to other competitors. Which means she leaves Ruka with a first, second and a sixth place on the account.
– I would say a perfect opening weekend.
And you get to keep the yellow leader vest as well.
– Yes, it suits me, right? Lol.
Andersson: “Did not have what was required”
The third place in the hunt start could have been Swedish with it. Ebba Andersson was for a long time in the group that competed for third place. But on the run-up to the riot, the Swede had to face competition.
– There were many other strong girls you went with and fought over that podium. I did not really have what was required there at the end, Andersson says to Sportbladet.
Heidi Weng took third place, after a remarkable climb from tenth starting position, while Andersson ended up in sixth place. The third best Swede was Moa Olsson in eighth place – and she was perhaps happiest of all.
– I do not understand anything. I’m speechless. Crazy. I’m so happy, says Olsson to Viaplay.
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Second place for Karlsson – Johaug took revenge