Kowalczyk misses out on medal in team sprint
PR dla Zagranicy
Justyna Kowalczyk and partner Sylwia Jaskowiec finished fifth in the women's team cross country sprint classic final at the Sochi Games.
Justyna Kowalczyk (R) in action in women's team cross country sprint classic final, ahead of Austria's Teresą Stadlober. PAP/Grzegorz Momot
Kowalczyk, who has already won a gold for Poland in the 10 km cross country classic, in spite of battling with a foot injury, said she did her best in Wednesday's final.
“I'm not a superwoman,” she quipped after crossing the finishing line.
“After the race I sat down, pulled my foot out of my boot and after that I was unable to stand on it,” she said.
Norway took gold, with Kowalczyk's long-running rival Marit Bjoergen and Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg finishing in 16:04.17 minutes, some 9.09 seconds ahead of Finland's Aino-Kaisa Saarinen and Kerttu Niskanen.
Swedish pair Ida Ingemarsdotter and Stina Nillson came third with a time of 16:23.82 minutes, while the Poles managed 16:35.84 minutes.
Norway is now leading the overall medals' table, with 8 golds, 4 silvers and 7 bronzes. Poland is in ninth place with 4 golds. (nh)