DRAMMEN, Norway — Norwegians took five of the six podium places in the classic sprint on Wednesday at a cross-country World Cup event.
Petter Northug Jr. completed the 1.2-kilometer course in 2 minutes, 38.95 seconds, beating teammates Ola Vigen Hattestad by .41 seconds and Eirik Brandsdal by .47.
There was also a Norwegian 1-2 in the women's race, with Maiken Caspersen Falla winning in 2:57.96. Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg finished second, .81 seconds behind.
"Maybe Ingvild had some mistake, grip or something, but I was really happy and I felt everything was in the right angle for me," Falla said.
Oestberg had traded the lead for much of the race with Stina Nilsson of Sweden. Nilsson finished in third place, but was later pushed back to last for a violation during the race. Instead, Natalia Matveeva of Russia took the final place on the podium.
Therese Johaug leads the overall World Cup standings with 1,484 points, while Oestberg is second with 1,354.
In the men's overall standings, Martin Johnsrud Sundby leads with 1,502 points. Northug is third with 901 points.