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    • Haywood RACE/LIVE Report: Antoine Cyr 27th, Hannah Mehain 31st, lead Canadians at U23 World Championships

      January 25, 2019

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      The weather was again a little milder, -5 deg. C. for the penultimate day of the World Junior and U23 Championships in Lahti, Finland. Today is also the last day for the U23 events, with relays scheduled for the juniors on Saturday. Jr. Women 4 X 3.3k at 03:30 EST; Jr. Men 4 X 5k at 05:15 EST, PPV live stream

      Women's start.  photo by Doug Stephen @vr45photography

      The top Canadian in the women's, 15k classic, mass start was Hannah Mehain in 31st place, with Sadie White 2 seconds and 2 places back in 33rd. Natalie Hynes was 40th and Marie Corriveau did not race.

      Hannah Mehain, photo by Doug Stephen @vr45photography


      In the men's 30k, Antoine Cyr was 27th, skiing with the lead pack of 20 or so, for about 3/4 of the race. Over the final stages, Antoine, dropped from the top group, finishing 0.1 seconds ahead of Gareth Williams, who had been with the top group for about the first 5k.

      Antoine Cyr, photo by Doug Stephen @vr45photography

      The finish, Antoine on the right, Gareth on the left, photo by Doug Stephen @vr45photography

      Grant Ritchie finished 41st and Julian Smith 45th.


      In yesterday's report, we neglected to note that Brittany Webster, finished 6th and 9th at the World Junior Championships in 2007. Apologies for the omission.

      Tomorrow's relay should be worth a watch on PPV, in particular due to a strong showing in the last individual distance race from the men.

      Check out more of Doug Stephen @vr45photography 's photos


      1) Jan 26, 27. World Cup Ulricehamn, Sweden

      Alex Harvey makes his return to the World Cup, as the World Championships in Seefeld approach. Alex withdrew part way through the Tour de Ski, to focus on some more training and preparation for the Worlds.

      Also representing Canada will be Dahria Beatty, Bob Thompson and Lenny Valjas.

      Saturday's races are 10 and 15k skate races, with the men racing at 06:00 EST and the women at 08:15. On Sunday there are distance relays, but no Canadian team's are expected to participate.
      The races can generally be watched on the following website http://www.sportlemon.tv/ or other streams, ensure you have proper computer security activated. Eurosport UK are generally providing live coverage in English. Note television doesn't necessarily cover the complete race live. Complete event coverage is usually available using the subscription based Eurosport player, however your computer's IP address must be based in Europe.

      FIS provide live updates on Live timing, and post race video highlights. You can usually also find post race footage on crosscountryski.us

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