Falk triumphs in Dresden for first win in eight years

Falk triumphs in Dresden for first win in eight years
By Sportsbeat

13/01/2018 at 14:48Updated 13/01/2018 at 16:06

Sweden's Hanna Falk won her first World Cup race in almost eight years as she skied to success in the 1.2km freestyle sprint in Dresden.

Not since Otepaa in January 2010 had the Swede stop atop a World Cup podium and she had to fight all the way in Germany – eventually coming home just 0.23s ahead of compatriot Maja Dahlqvist.

America's Sophie Caldwell completed the podium just 0.07s further back, while World Cup sprint leader Stina Nilsson finished back in sixth, more than 7.5s behind fellow Swede Falk.

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Those results mean Heidi Weng is untroubled atop the overall cross country skiing World Cup standings on 1154 points, with fellow Norwegian Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg her closest rival on 1087.

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While in the sprint standings Nilsson's sixth place was enough to put her at the top of the leaderboard on 235 points, 12 ahead of second placed Maiken Caspersen Falla with Caldwell moving up to third, on 197.

And the win moved Falk, who had previously not finished higher than tenth in a sprint this season, up to fifth in 153.