(ISN) – FALUN, Swe.—Jesse Cockney and Len Valjas had a strong performance, but the World Championship pace was a bit to much while skiing to 13th spot in the men’s team sprint race on Sunday at the World Championships in Falun, Sweden.
With a goal of getting to the front of the pack and use as little energy as possible until the final lap around the 1.4-kilometre track, Cockney of (Canmore, Alta.) and Toronto’s Valjas were able to follow the plan for most of their semifinal but the Canucks were too far back in their final legs to respond to the lightening quick pace.
“It was tough. These guys are fast,” said Valjas. “I felt okay today, but I just was not fast enough to pass these guys. We needed to find a second our two our there. I wanted to stay in the group at the front and just chill. It was too far back on the last lap.”
Athletes each ski three laps, handing off to their teammate after each loop. The top two teams in each heat advance to the final along with the next six fastest times.
Norway won the team sprint title. Russia was second, while the Italians hopped onto the podium in third place.
Canada did not field a women’s team.
Fans across Canada will be able to follow the action at the World Championships with both live and video on demand highlights through an innovative new partnership initiated by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association and Cross Country Canada. Every cross country, nordic combined and ski jumping event will be streamed live on www.cccski.com, as well as through the official Falun2015 Live Arena app.
Top-5 Men and Canadian Results:
1. Norway; 2. Russia; 3. Italy; 4. Germany; 5. Finland
13. Canada – Len Valjas (Toronto) and Jesse Cockney (Canmore, Alta.)