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      January 26, 2019

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      The final day of racing took place today at the World Junior Championships, the relay competition for
      men and women.

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      The temperatures were still a bit chilly, -11 deg C. as the women started their 4 X 3.3k relay, the 1st 2 legs classic and the 2nd 2, skating.

      Anne-Marie Petitclerc started off for Canada, and tagged to Jasmine Drolet in 13th place, 51 seconds behind the lead Norwegian team. Anna Pryce had a good race, 9th on her leg, to bring us up to 11th, in a back and forth contest with Kazakhstan.  From there it was  up to Molly Miller to be the closer on the final lap, finishing 7 seconds ahead of the Kazakhs at the line.

      Norway added another gold to their collection and Canada improved from 15th at last year's championships.


      On the men's side Canada was in the top group and the chase pack over the first 9k, through the efforts of  Remi Drolet and Sam Hendry. They gradually lost a bit of ground over the 2nd half of the race, with Xavier McKeever and Tom Stephen bringing Canada through in 11th, just behind Switzerland, to match their 2018 placing.

      North American ski history was made today, with the US team skiing to victory, an improvement over their silver medal in last year's event.


      That wraps up another World Juniors for Canada, with the highlight being Remi Drolet's 7th, and the overall men's strong result, in the 30k.

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      Alex Harvey was back on the World Cup circuit today, after heading back to Canada part way through the Tour de Ski, to finetune his preparations for the World Championships in Seefeld, Austria. Today's races were 15 and 10k interval start, skate races.

      26.01.2019, Ulricehamn, Sweden (SWE): Alex Harvey (CAN) - FIS world cup cross-country, 15km men, Ulricehamn (SWE). www.nordicfocus.com. © Modica/NordicFocus.

      Alex had a solid race, in the top 10 early, fading a bit around the middle and coming back strongly over the final part of the course to finish 9th.

      Lenny Valjas finished 57th and Bob Thompson 77th.

      Maurice Manificat of France, who has a habit of doing well in 15k skate races, won the day,  1 second ahead of Norway's Simen Kreuger. Didrik Toenseth of Norway was 3rd, 8 seconds back.


      Dahria Beatty was the lone Canadian entrant in the women's 10k finishing 55th in a race won by Therese Johaug of Norway with a 22 second margin.  Norway's Astrid Jacobsen was second and Sweden's Ebba Andersson third.


      The World Cup has relays tomorrow, without Canadian entrants and then moves to Lahti, Finland for Feb. 9 and 10.

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