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      January 21, 2019

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      It was a cold and crisp day, -16 deg. C. for Race Day 2 at the World Jr/U23 Championships, with the U23 classic sprints on the schedule for today.


      Norway's Tirl Weng was the top qualifier on the women's side with another Norwegian Erik Valjnes, 6th in the Otepaa World Cup classic sprint 2 days earlier, topping the men's result page.

      Sadie White was the top Canadian in the qualifying race, finishing 35th, with Marie Corriveau 38th, Hannah Mehain 49th and Natalie Hynes 55th.

      Translated from French by

      "I did not ski well the first part of the course, which made me lose precious seconds... I found my focus afterwards and I really skied all the rest of the course, but unfortunately it was not enough to qualify for the heats. -

      3 Canadian men advanced to the finals, with Graham Ritchie qualifying in 19th, Julian Smith 22nd and Antoine Cyr 24th. Gareth Williams finished 52nd.

      Antoine Cyr was drawn into the 2nd, 1/4 final. He stayed with the leaders throughout the race, but wasn't able to make up any positions on the final straight, finishing 4th, for a temporary "lucky loser" position.

      Translated from French by

      In quarters, I had the perfect tactic. I had good legs, but I missed a little something in the last straight. We were the first four together and we all sprinted for the line. It was close. Super happy for a first year U23. - Antoine Cyr

      Julian Smith and Graham Ritchie were drawn together in the 4th 1/4 final. Early on Graham was right in with the leaders but at the 1/2 way point Graham had faded a bit and Julian challenged towards the front. Julian came across the line in 4th, just behind the leaders, with Ritchie a second back in 6th.

      Smith moved into a "lucky loser" position, ahead of Cyr, but was knocked from the finals by the 3rd place skier in the final heat.

      Julian Smith finished 19th in the final results with Antoine Cyr 20th and Graham Ritchie 26th.

      Moa Lundgren of Sweden won the women's race in a photo finish over Weng and Valnes was the winner for the men.

      Results: Women  Men

      Next up tomorrow World Junior skate, distance races, 05:00 EST for the women and 07:00 for the men.

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