Norwegian John Kristian Dahl wins this year's Vasaloppet. Photo: TT

Norwegians seize top spots in Vasaloppet race

The Norwegians dominated Sweden's 90th Vasaloppet race on Sunday, placing nine skiers in the top 15 slots. Winning the historic cross-country ski event was John Kristian Dahl who finished with a time of 4 hours, 14 minutes and 33 seconds.

Following Dahl in a dramatic finish was his team mate and fellow countryman Johan Kjölstad who finished just 3 seconds behind. Rounding out the top five were Swede Jörgen Brink, Norwegian Audun Laugaland and Czech skier Stanislav Rezac.

"The conditions were difficult. I tried to go along and save strength and my skis," Dahl told Swedish Radio's sports department, after the 90 km race from Sälen to Mora in Dalarna. "When there were two kilometers to go I gave it my all. It was make or break it. I made a strong push and gained a few meters, it was fantastic."

The world-famous competition was at risk of being cancelled this year due to the unseasonably warm winter, which had race organisers keeping track of the weather conditions by the hour. In the end, cooler temperatures prevailed. The race has only been cancelled three times before, in 1932, 1934 and 1990.

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