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Saturday , 15 December 2018

Canada’s Alex Harvey finished 10th in 15K cross-country World Cup

DAVOS, Switzerland — Canada’s Alex Harvey finished 10th on Sunday in the men’s 15-kilometre individual cross-country skate-ski race.

The St-Ferreol-les-Neiges, Que., native posted a time of 34 minutes 57.4 seconds.

“I have always struggled at altitude so this is by far my best result here in Davos,” said Harvey. “Altitude is really a physiology thing. It is never going to be perfect for me, but we have found ways to prepare for it and get better little by little each year.

“I couldn’t ask for much more today. The goal is always to be in the top-10.”

Maurice Manificat of France won gold in 33:56.2 while Russia’s Sergey Ustiugov (34:00.2) was second and Alexander Bolshunov (34:10.8) came third.

Harvey slowly gained places throughout the race and made a push on the final loop to move up even more.

Devon Kershaw of Sudbury, Ont., placed 44th at 35:56.0. Graeme Killick of Fort McMurray, Alta., skied to 59th (36:24.0); Russell Kennedy, of Canmore, Alta., finished 68th (36:39.6); and Julien Locke, of Nelson, B.C., was 94th (38:23.7).

In the women’s race, Cendrine Brown, of St-Jerome, Que., finished 45th in the 10-kilometre skate-ski race. Emily Nishikawa, of Whitehorse, placed 50th (27:46.9), while Dahria Beatty (Whitehorse) was 73rd at 28:21.5, and Katherine Stewart-Jones (Chelsea, Que.) finished 79th at 29:13.1.

Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg of Norway won the women’s race in 25:28.5 while compatriot Ragnhild Haga was second (25:34.4) and Finland’s Krista Parmakoski third in (25:36.4).

The Canadian Press

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