Stanislav Rezac (CZE) wins the 40th edition of the König-Ludwig-Lauf 50km classic race – Susanne Nyström (SWE) winner on the women"s side!!!
Perfect sunshine, clear white snow whereever you looked but also freezing temperatures were the marking of this year"s 40th edition of the König-Ludwig-Lauf in Oberammergau (GER). Around -17°C at the start made it possible that the race commenced on time at 9am. Over 2000 skiers fought the cold in the 50km classic race which passed this year again the chateâu Linderhof, the little palace which Ludwig II had been build between 1869 and 1886. Perfectly prepared tracks made the race quite fast and after 2h 16min and 35s, Stanislav Rezac (CZE) crossed the finish line. However, it was not at once clear that it was him who had won as it was a photo finish with Jerry Ahrlin (SWE), and in the end only centimetres devided the two. Joergen Aukland (NOR) got third, 1.2s behind Rezac. In total, a group of around 25 athletes came to the finish together.
Twenty minutes later, the first woman came into the finish: Susanne Nyström (SWE), who won, like last weekend in the Marcialonga (ITA), in front of her team mate Jenny Hansson (SWE). This time, the podium was completed with another team member: Seraine Bonder (SUI).
All athletes were marked by the cold conditions – wrapped into several layers of clothing, some men had icicles hanging off their beards, others were taped in the whole face in order to prevent the cheeks from freezing.
But there is also a very sad story to tell: A man, born in 1937, got a haert attack only around 500m after the start and was brought to the hospital in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. But all tries to reanimate him were not fruitful and so he died one hour later in the hospital.
Stanislav Rezac (CZE) now leads the overall FIS Marathon Cup with 260 points – Susanne Nyström with 265 points in front on the ladies" side!
Stanislav Rezac (CZE) is the new leader of the FIS Marathon Cup with 260 points in front of Joergen Aukland (NOR, 220 points) and Jerry Ahrlin (SWE, 180 points). On the women"s side it"s Susanny Nystöm who leads with 265 points in front of Jenny Hansson (SWE, 252 points) and Stephanie Santer (ITA, 191 points).
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