Haywood RACE Report: Devon Kershaw races to 2nd best result of the season, 25th at Lahti World Cup

    March 4, 2018

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    The 2nd day of racing in Lahti was an interval start, classic competition. Temperatures were around -10 deg. C. with sunny weather, ideal conditions for ski racing.

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    04.03.2018, Lahti, Finland (FIN): Emily Nishikawa (CAN) - FIS world cup cross-country, 10km women, Lahti (FIN). www.nordicfocus.com. © Modica/NordicFocus.

    Emily Nishikawa and Dahria Beatty were representing Canada in the 10k classic race, finishing 41st and 44th in a race won by the local favourite Finland's Krista Parmakoski.

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    Emily signs the Doping Free, "Clean as snow" board
    04.03.2018, Lahti, Finland (FIN): Emily Nishikawa (CAN) - FIS world cup cross-country, 10km women, Lahti (FIN). www.nordicfocus.com. © Modica/NordicFocus.


    Results

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    04.03.2018, Lahti, Finland (FIN): Dahria Beatty (CAN) - FIS world cup cross-country, 10km women, Lahti (FIN). www.nordicfocus.com. © Thibaut/NordicFocus.

    On the men's side there was a large Canadian contingent on the course, led by the veteran racer Devon Kershaw, who was hampered by asthma issues at Pyeongchang.



    Devon was the top Canadian on the results list with a 25th place finish, his 2nd best of the season, behind a 19th at Lillehammer in December. It was also one place better than his 50k result in Pyeongchang.

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    Graeme Killick finished 39th, with Julien Locke 69th and Andy Shields 70th. Alex Harvey didn't race due to illness.



    The race was won by Alexey Poltoranin of Kazakhstan, with the local favourite Finland's Iivo Niskanen in 3rd.  Johannes Klaebo, the Norwegian early-season sensation, settling for 7th.
    Results

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    04.03.2018, Lahti, Finland (FIN): Devon Kershaw (CAN) - FIS world cup cross-country, 15km men, Lahti (FIN). www.nordicfocus.com. © Modica/NordicFocus.

    Next up on the circuit are classic sprints from Drammen, Norway on Wednesday.

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