Skating specialists – three-time Olympic champion Alexander Bolshunov and Olympic champion Veronika Stepanova – confirmed their level in the last race of the Russian Cup in cross-country skiing in Khakassia, the head coach of the Russian national team told Yuri Borodavko.
Bolshunov took first place in the 15km freestyle, covering the distance in 33 minutes 30.1 seconds. Second place went to Denis Spitsov (+18.5), third to Artem Maltsev (+27.0). Stepanova finished first in the 10km race, covering the distance in 25 minutes 44.4 seconds. The second was Ekaterina Smirnova (+56.2), the third – Larisa Ryasina (+1.09.5).
– The skating race is over, the skating style specialists have confirmed their level today. Alexander Bolshunov at the finish line managed to increase the lead. He was still trailing Artem Maltsev, Artem couldn’t keep up and missed Denis Spitsov at the finish line. There is no need to draw any particular conclusions now, another stage has passed, someone did a little better, someone a little worse. The race for the girls also went as planned, Veronika Stepanova ran well and won by a wide margin, Borodavko told .
Source : MatchTV
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