The cross-country sprint quarterfinals are causing a lot of excitement around the Beijing Winter Olympics. The Norwegian winter athletes made serious accusations against a Chinese participant and chose clear words after the competition.
Actually, the cross-country decisions at the Olympics are not the focus in many countries. The men’s sprint quarterfinals are currently receiving a lot of international attention. But what happened?
During the race there were repeated heated scenes between the Norwegian Pal Golberg and the Chinese Qiang Wang. In the end, the Scandinavian even fell and crossed the finish line last, while his competitor finished second. This fact caused a lot of trouble for the Norwegian team.
“What can I say? It’s a gross violation of the rules. I saw what was going to happen, but I didn’t think he would do it,” Golberg told Norwegian broadcaster NRK. In addition, the 31-year-old adds: “He has competed in a few World Cups before and he knows what that means and what the consequences were. It’s strange that he’s overcooking like that.”
Wang subsequently disqualified
Golberg’s teammate Erik Valnes found even clearer words. “He goes into gaps where there is no space – and pays the price. He was a total clown. If you do that, you have no right to be here,” the first-place winner railed against Wang.
The 28-year-old Chinese was subsequently disqualified by the jury for his behavior. “He didn’t understand it at first and then he was devastated. That may have been a result of his lack of experience. He has so much strength that he could have waited until he had a gap,” commented Bernhard Rönning, who served as Wang Coach oversaw the incident.