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Close win for Great Britain’s women over Russia

Submitted by Clive Allen on Fri, 12/7/2019 - 13:40
Great Britain’s women

The women’s race was a close fight between Great Britain and Russia, with Grace Molloy holding her nerve to take the win by 18 seconds. Bronze medals went to Sweden by 1 second after Alva Sönesson overtook the Finnish runner Ida Haapala in the last few strides.

Russia showed their strength from the start in the women’s race, with both Russian teams with Sweden at the front after the first leg, followed closely by Great Britain. A 30-second error by Fiona Bunn for Great Britain on the last loop gave Russia a lead of 1.05 at the second changeover, with Sweden 2 third. Grace Molloy, double bronze medallist from earlier in the week, caught up the Russian Veronika Kalinina after 10 minutes’ running and they stayed much together until Molloy pulled away a little on the final loop. Fifth and sixth places went to the Czech Republic and Norway.