Ottawa Citizen

Skier Harvey takes 30K bronze

Quebec athlete third in skiathl on at Lahti

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Canada’s Alex Harvey captured the bronze medal in a World Cup skiathlon race at Lahti, Finland, on Saturday.

The 23-year-old battled his way up and down the hills of the challengin­g 30-kilometre Lahti course in a time of one hour seven minutes, 34.7 seconds.

Overall World Cup leader Dario Cologna of Switzerlan­d won the gold with a time of 1:07:30.5. Norway’s Martin Johnsrud Sundby locked up the silver at 1:07:34.2.

Athletes ski 15 kilometres in the classic technique, followed by 15 more kilometres in skate-skiing.

“It was a good race (Saturday) for me. Every time I am on the podium, it’s good,” said Harvey, who is from St-ferreol-les-neiges, Que. “With 90 skiers on the start line the race was tight especially in the corners. I had to be careful, but luckily nobody crashed before me. I like mass starts, I like the adrenalin.”

Sitting third in the overall World Cup standings heading into the race, Sudbury’s Devon Kershaw finished 14th in 1:08:18.1. He remains third in the standings.

Daria Gaiazova, of Banff, Alta., was the top Canadian in the women’s 15-kilometre skiathlon, finishing 37th. Perianne Jones, of Almonte was 50th, while Alysson Marshall of Salmon Arm, B.C., was 52nd.

Norway dominated the women’s race grabbing the top four spots. Therese Johaug claimed the gold with a time of 36:52.6, while Marit Bjoergen was second at 36:52.6, and Heidi Weng was third at 37:04.5.

The World Cup continues on Sunday in Lahti, Finland with the classic sprint races.

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ANTTI AIMO-KOIVISTO, REUTERS ‘Every time I’m on the podium, it’s good,’ Alex Harvey says.

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