Swedes Dominated Winners’ Podium at "Vasaloppet"
The Swedish skiers were in great form at the traditional cross country skiing race Vasaloppet on Sunday.
Daniel Tynell, now a third time winner since 2002 crossed the finishing line after 4 hours, 10 minutes and 55 seconds. Second place was taken by another Swede, Oskar Svaerd who came in less than a minute after. Third place went to the Czech Stanislav Rezac.
The women’s race was also dominated by the Swedes. Sandra Hansson secured the title when she came in at 4 hours, 43 minutes and 13 seconds, followed by compatriot Jenny Hansson who came in less than a minute behind. Third place went to yet another Swede, Nina Lintzen, a few minutes later.
Vasaloppet is inspired by the famous escape of the future king Gustav Vasa, as he was fleeing Danish persecution in 1521. The race has been run nearly every year since 1922. Nearly 15,000 skiers took part this time in the race across 90 kilometres of snowy countryside. Though most participants are Swedish, 4,500 foreigners from 38 different countries figured on the starting list, according to news agency AFP.