Sunday, January 6, 2002 - Results
Neumannova, Iversen Win Val Di Fiemme Sprint

Katarina Neumannova won Sunday's women's sprint in Val di Fiemme in superb style, taking the lead from the start and never being challenged. With her second sprint win this season, she now takes the lead in the Overall World Cup as Skari only managed 20th. Norway's Hilde Pedersen came on strong in the end and was second while Valbusa and Jegorva followed next.

Neumannova won qualifying by over 5 seconds, followed by Evi Sachenbacher and Hilde Pedersen.

Norway's classic expert Trond Iversen won Sunday's men's skate sprint. Zordi did not qualify for the semi finals, Elden was sick and Hetland is at home in Norway training. This was the last individual sprint before the Olympics.

Lind was the fastest man in qualifying. He has been 1st once and 2nd three times in qualifications this year. Zorzi, the sprint world cup leader, was 7th. Bjerkeli, the winner from Salzburg, 10th. Alsgaard, Solbakken and Broers did not qualify. Palolahti, who qualified 3rd, was in the final in Lahti 2001. Zorzi continues to lead the Sprint World Cup.

There was considerable controversy in the women's sprint. Norway's Skofterud and Russia's Gavriljuk were originally first and second after the qualification, but were given incorrect times that were too fast. Skofterud had 17 seconds added to her time while Gavriljuk had 14 seconds added. Norway did protest and Skofterud was allowed to ski in the last quarterfinals heat. She did not manage to qualify for the semi finals.

Although pole results looked a little suspicious, Hilde Pedersen got the most votes (196) to win the women's sprint, but she finished a distant second. Second in the poll was Bente Skari with 18 votes, although she managed only 20th. Neumannova, the winner, received only 3 votes.

Complete results from
Women's Qualification
Men's Qualification


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