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Northug and Olkkonen show in skating – Toblach-Cortina means sun and smiles

The super champion Petter Norhug owns 46th Toblach-Cortina skating. Photofinish sprint, Rueesch ends second and Sandstrem is third. Adrenaline too among women with Olkkonen winning, following Bentz and Kowalczyk

The historic ski-marathon ends with two days of sun and a lot of fun

Toblach-Cortina ski-marathon is a “must do” among long distance cross-country skiing. The Norwegian Petter Norhug, with two Olympic gold medals and thirteen World Championship gold medals, was one of the eligible winners today and he did not let the audience down. Second place for the Swiss Jason Rueesch and the Swedish Bjoern Sandstrem. Among women, the young Finnish Tiia Olkkonen sprinted before the French Coralie Bentz and the ex-Olympic and World champion Justyna Kowalczyk.

Start at 9.30 am, watching at the wonderful Dolomites of Pustertal. Northug made the audience wait this morning, but not at the end. The Norwegian ended his race in 1h42’08” with an enthusiastic final sprint.

Among women was also challenging. The Finnish Olkkonen accelerated at Passo Cimabanche until the end, when she was crowned as the winner with the time of 1h50’42”. Coralie Bentz (FRA) ended as second and third place for the great Justyna Kowalczyk.

Two great days end today, two competitions took place under the sun. It represented another great success for the O.C. president Herbert Santer and his vice Igor Gombac. See you next year!