In the sixth section of the field, but in the eighth stage of Vītols PK in Sigulda / Day

The stage in Sigulda is the final qualification competition, in which the sledge athletes who will represent the Latvian national team at the Beijing Winter Olympics will be determined. Before this competition, Vītola and Bērziņa were in roughly equal positions on the third quota, but now Vītola has probably provided the road ticket. The first two road signs belong to the leading athletes of the Latvian national team Tīruma and Kendija Aparjode.

The victory on the Sigulda track was won by the Austrian Madeleine Egle, who finished in the sum of two races per minute and in 24.192 seconds. The second place was taken by the German Jūlija Taubica, conceding 0.18 seconds, but the best three was closed by the Russian athlete Tatiana Ivanova, who was 0.218 seconds behind.

In the second race of the field, it was successful at the top of the track, but towards the end of the track, the athlete made a mistake and stopped at the curb, as a result of which he lost all the lead and Egle lost 0.408 seconds in the sum of two races.

Vītola, on the other hand, was 0.529 seconds behind the winner in the second race without making any major mistakes. Pea failed to improve its position in the second race, and after two trips Egle lost 0.859 seconds.

In the second race, Bērziņa managed to improve the race time by almost six tenths of a second, but in the sum of two races, she lost 1.141 seconds.

On the track of the field house, the first race was finished in 42,301 seconds, the leader of the race, Madeleine Egle from Austria, conceded 0.214 seconds, but Vītola, who was the fastest in the Nations Cup on Friday, drove cautiously and made no mistakes, but was 0.291 seconds behind the best result.

Meanwhile, Zirne did not start fast enough and the beginning of the track, and by performing the rest of the track well enough, it was not possible to reduce the deficit in relation to the best result. After the first trip, his Austrian lost 0.416 seconds.

Bērziņa made a mistake at the top of the track and was no longer able to recover what he lost, taking only the 25th position after the first race and the leader conceding for 0.882 seconds.

The second place after the first race was taken by the German Jūlija Taubica, but the best three was completed by the Russian athlete Tatiana Ivanova.

Latvia’s leading sled rider Kendija Aparjode has not started yet due to a foot injury, but will probably return to the race next week.

Last season, Tīrums was sixth in the overall standings, but Vītola was 22nd. Vītola was happy with the victory in the last competition of the season in St. Moritz.

The sprint cup competition will start on Sunday at 13.15 for men, but later there will be competitions for two-man crews and women.

It has already been reported that the second victory in the men’s competition in Sigulda on Saturday in the World Cup stage was won by Kristers Aparjods, the eighth place was taken by Riks Kristers Rozītis, the tenth place was taken by Gints Bērziņš and the 19th place was taken by Artūrs Dārznieks. In the doubles competition, the Šici brothers took the second place, and Bots / Plūme – the fifth.

166 athletes from 27 countries have applied to start the competition in Sigulda stage – 54 women, 52 men, as well as 30 double crews.

After this race, in the middle of the month, on January 15/16, there will be the eighth stage of the World Cup in Oberhof, Germany, and on January 22/23, the World Cup final and at the same time the European Championship will take place on the St. Moritz track in Switzerland.

The culmination of the season will be from February 4 to 10, when the Olympic medals will be fought on the Yangtze River in Beijing.

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