Gimmler sprints to sixth place – Hennig fails to qualify

Status: 03.02.2023 4:10 p.m

Strong performance of the German cross-country skiers in Dobbiaco. In the sprint, three athletes made it into the top ten. Hennig was eliminated from her comeback in the qualification.

Laura Gimmler made an exclamation mark during the dress rehearsal for the Nordic World Ski Championships. In the sprint, the 29-year-old reached the final. However, she had nothing to do with the fight for the podium there. After a photo finish, she was sixth (+1.69 seconds). Swede Johanna Sundling won ahead of compatriot Maja Dahlqvist (+0.65). Third was American Jessie Diggins (+0.81).

Coletta Rydzek was also close to qualifying for the final. Only 23 hundredths separated her from group leader Emma Ribom in her semi-final, and 0.15 seconds from second-placed Linn Svahn. Victoria Carl, who had set the best time in the quarter-finals, had no chance of progressing in fourth place, more than a second behind. But with seventh place for Rydzek and eighth place for Carl, the start in Dobbiaco was successful.

Hennig fails to qualify

In the semifinals, the German Ski Association was represented by three athletes. Pia Fink narrowly failed to qualify for the semi-finals via the lucky loser places, Sofie Krehl was eliminated in fifth place in her quarter-final group.

Katharina Hennig was not able to qualify for the finals when she returned to the World Cup after a three-week break. As the only German starter, she was eliminated in 43rd place – her worst result this season. The competition did not go well for the Swiss Nadine Fähndrich, leader in the Sprint World Cup. In the semifinals, she fell and was eliminated.

Moch is the only DSV starter who fails to qualify

For the men, the qualification at noon was rather mixed from the DSV point of view. As the only DSV starter, Friedrich Moch did not get past 54th place and was therefore eliminated.

The Norwegian Johannes Høsflot Klæbo won the race with a gap of more than half a second to his compatriot Håvard Solås Taugbøl. Italy’s Federico Pellegrino was third (+0.72).