It was his third time winning the JizerskÃ 50 - however, it was the hardest victory for Stanislav Rezac (2:21.49)! Snowing since the morning, the conditions were not that easy on this 50km classic ski race. Behind Rezac, Jimmie Hansson (SWE) became second - only 8s behind the winner. Third after 50km was the Norwegian Joergen Aukland with the little margin of 1s behind the second Hansson. With his victory today, Stanislav Rezac takes the lead in the overall FIS Marathon Cup.
On the women"s side, it was the turn of Sara Svendsen (NOR) to be the first one in the finish. After 2h42 minutes and 19 seconds she could claim the victory in front of Estonian"s Tatiana Mannima (2:46.38). Jenny Hansson of Sweden took third place in 2:48.52. With her victory today, Svendsen leads now the women"s ranking of the overall FIS Marathon Cup.
The course was demanding, especially after heavy snowfall during the night. At around zero degrees the choice of wax was not easy, so many racers relayed to no-wax skis or roughened skis. Almost 5000 skiers started after the elite athletes got on the track and still came into the finish while the victory ceremony took place for the best JizerskÃ¡ 50km racers. Even though the race was hard, especially due to the new snow, there were only happy faces to be seen in the finish area as everybody was very proud to have finished this demanding competition.
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