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Skiiing news - Nilsson gets gold in Dresden

Nilsson gets gold in Dresden
By Sportsbeat

12/01/2019 at 15:58Updated 12/01/2019 at 16:03

Stina Nilsson spearheaded an all-Swedish World Cup podium as she claimed victory in the cross-country 1.6km sprint in Dresden.

The 25-year-old, the 2018 Olympic individual sprint champion, was in fine form on the German hills as she finished ahead of compatriots Maja Dahlqvist and Jonna Sundling.

Nilsson's time of 3:48.49 in the final was just 0.24 seconds quicker than Dahlqvist, who had to settle for silver, with Sundling edging out Swiss skier Nadine Faehndrich by 0.02 seconds to seal her place on the rostrum.

American Sophie Caldwell finished the final fifth with Slovenia's Alenka Cebasek sixth.

Nilsson's triumph extends her total atop the World Cup sprint standings to a commanding 386 points, 166 clear of nearest challenger Dahlqvist.