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Three German cross-country skiers in the sprint quarterfinals

Three German cross-country skiers have reached the knockout stages in the Olympic freestyle sprint.

Sofie Krehl (Oberstdorf) in eighth place, Victoria Carl (Zella-Mehlis) in tenth place and Pia Fink (Bremelau) in 21st place in qualifying made it safely into the quarter-finals of the top 30 (from 6:30 p.m. OZ/11:30 a.m. CET). The semi-finals and finals will then also be played on Tuesday.

The only DSV runner eliminated was Coletta Rydzek (Oberstdorf), who rated the highest. The younger sister of star combined athlete Johannes Rydzek, sixth in the World Cup in Lenzerheide this winter, did not get past 37th place.

The superior qualification winner was world champion Jonna Sundling from Sweden, who after 1.5 km and 3:09.03 minutes had a full 5.8 seconds lead over Rosie Brennan (USA).

In the men’s category, Janosch Brugger (Schluchsee), the only German starter, dropped out in 38th place. The fastest in qualifying was Frenchman Lucas Chanavat ahead of favorites Sergej Ustyugow (ROC) and Johannes Hösflot Kläbo (Norway).

Today’s national coach Peter Schlickenrieder was the only German cross-country skier to win an Olympic sprint medal in 2002 with silver in Salt Lake City.

In the women’s category, Evi Dingebacher-Stehle (2002) and Claudia Nystad (2006) also took silver. Since Schlickenrieder and Nystad, all the Olympic finals of the top six have remained without German participation.

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