World Cup Szklarska Poreba, Poland

Last weekend the World Cup circuit moved to Szklarska Poreba, Poland for two days of sprint and distance racing. Australia’s regular World Cup athletes, Callum Watson and Esther Bottomley both competed. This World Cup weekend also saw Bottomley’s distance World Cup debut on the second day of racing in the 10km classic.
In the freestyle sprint race, Bottomley finished 56th from 61 finishers. The women’s final was won by Sweden’s Ida Ingermarsdotter. In the men’s event, Watson finished in 70th in the qualification round. Canadian Devon Kershaw was the winner of the men’s final event. While Callum held his starting rank in the sprint, he said the race was an example of ‘small dog syndrome’: “I felt strong but got mauled by the big dogs!”
Making her distance World Cup debut, Bottomley finished in 60th place in the women’s 10km classic event the next day. Not surprisingly, the podium was taken by a trio of Poland’s Kowalcyz and Norwegians Bjoergen and Johaug. Norway also rounded out the top 5.
In the men’s 15km classic, Callum Watson placed 62nd from a field of 68, 4:45 minutes off the winner Johan Olsson of Sweden. Switzerland’s Dario Cologna and Russia’s Alexander Legkov rounded out the men’s podium. Watson’s result earned him a solid 98 FIS points.

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