In the sprint in Lahti, Weng secured a triumph in the SP, Klaebo came close to the record

The best of the Czech competitors was Ondřej Černý, who equaled his personal best in the SP with eighth place. The 24-year-old representative advanced to the semi-finals, where in the downhill just before arriving at the stadium, he tried to attack from the inside track in a corner, but fell. In the end, he finished fourth and did not even advance in time. Černý already took eighth place in the sprint in Toblach at the beginning of February. He placed in the top ten for the third time.

Michal Novák, Luděk Šeller and Barbora Antošová finished in the quarter-finals in Lahti. Kateřina Janatová and Tereza Beranová did not advance from the qualification.

The elimination of the only remaining competitor, the American Jessica Diggins, in the quarterfinals helped Weng achieve her life’s triumph. She leads by 154 points ahead of Sunday’s final mass start race.

Twenty-six-year-old Weng claimed the greatest success in her career so far, her maximum so far being two gold medals from relays at the World Championships. Her best World Cup finish to date was 13th in 2019/2020.

Klaebo won the tenth sprint of the season and improved his own record for the number of victories in one year. The five-time Olympic champion rounded the number of individual sprint triumphs to 40 and equaled the maximum of compatriot Marit Björgenová.


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