Sunday marks the end of the wonderful Ruka Nordic World Cup weekend and the women skiers gave the audience a spectacle well worth their money. Therese Johaug began the pursuit in first place as USA’s Sadie Maubet Bjornsen and Krista Pärmäkoski, naturally the big draw for the home crowd, began the chase behind her.

The three that started in front was not the three that would end up on the podium. Johaug was not to be messed with today as she finished the race at her own pace, winning by an impressive margin of 1 minute and 11 seconds. Heidi Weng of Norway and her compatriot Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen did brilliantly well to surpass Pärmäkoski and Bjornsen.

Bjornsen dropped to 4th which was the second such standing of the weekend for her, adding to her strong showing in Saturday’s classical style race and her third place from Friday’s sprint race. Her compatriot Jessica Diggins began the pursuit from 12th place and was superb to finish the race 5th ahead of Pärmäkoski.

Krista Pärmäkoski was left in 6th place but can be pleased with her weekend and the start of the international season. Kerttu Niskanen came in 12th and Johanna Matintalo in 34th alongside Laura Mononen.

Rasmus Junila

Laajasalon Opisto