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World Championships - Hans Christer Holund attacks early to win surprise gold in 50km Mass Start

Holund attacks early to win surprise gold in 50km Mass Start

03/03/2019 at 21:19Updated 03/03/2019 at 23:27

Norway’s men completed a World Championships clean sweep on Sunday when Hans Christer Holund won a surprise gold in the 50km Mass Start.

Holund, 30, hadn’t competed in any events so far at the Nordic Ski World Championships but with Johannes Klaebo not competing he was given a chance at Seefeld on Sunday.

He attacked early, at around the 30km mark, and he ended up opening up a commanding lead that no-one was able to close, as he finished with a gap of 27.8.

Russia’s Alexander Bolshunov continued his trend of the championships as he finished second, his fourth silver at Seefeld.

Holund’s compatriot Sjur Roethe rounded off the podium for a bronze medal.

Great Britain’s Andrew Musgrave capped off his excellent two weeks with an eighth-place finish, his third top-ten placing.

“Norwegians played it well tactically, Holund got that gap pretty easy and then there were none of us.

" I couldn’t complain about no-one chasing them down because I didn’t do any work myself."

“I thought we were catching up at first and then we realised he was opening up a big gap and we would just be fighting for second.

“I just wasn’t strong enough so I’m a little disappointed but when it’s a tactical race like that I’m sure there’ll be a lot of other people feeling like me.”

Victory for Holund completes a memorable championships for Norway as they won an astonishing ten golds across both the men’s and women’s competitions, including every single gold for the men.

Jack Gower was the sole Brit in the race and he finished down in 43rd, a full 3.60s back from the Italian victor.