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Kittilae and Hallquist also quickest in sprint qualies

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Yesterday's distance race winners Kusti Kittilae and Frida Hallquist seem to take a liking to Xiwuqi's ski course as they were also the fastest qualifiers in the individual ski sprint over 1.2km this morning. Weather conditions are significantly milder today as the wind blows a lot less than yesterday.

Kittilae puts pressure on Bill Impola, who only managed the 13th time in the qualifications, while the women's competition started without Vasaloppet China winner Chen Shuang. The best 16 skiers move on the next round, which takes place after lunch. While Kittilae, who finished second in the ski sprint here last year, had a two-second advantage over second-placed Adam Johansson, Hallquist only had five hundredths of a second bonus over Lisa Svensson.

Ski sprint 1.2km - Men - Qualifiers

1. Kusti Kittilae 2:39:82
2. Adam Johansson 2:41:78
3. Emil Johansson 2:42:44
4. Olli-Pekka Tolvanen 2:42:58
5. Drew Goldsack 2:42:77
6. Johan Eriksson 2:42:87
7. Kristoffer Andresen Ragnar 2:45:31
8. Tang Jinle 2:45:61
9. Mattias Jonasson 2:46:07
10. Remi Damevin 2:47:13
11. Kjartan Helland 2:48:17
12. Victor Gustafsson 2:48:59
13. Bill Impola 2:48:79
14. Li Jingdong 2:48:96
15. Glauco Pizzutto 2:49:09
16. Wang Qiang 2:49:36

Ski sprint 1.2km - Women - Qualifiers

1. Frida Hallqvist 3:13:27
2. Lisa Svensson 3:13:32
3. Jenni Hoylanen 3:16:62
4. Qu Ying 3:18:89
5. Julia Jansson 3:19:45
6. Louise Persson 3:20:20
7. Eveline Bangman 3:20:93
8. Yang Liu 3:22:58
9. Guo Yuxin 3:24:16
10. Sun Bo 3:27:83
11. Chi Chunxue 3:27:97
12. Astrid Bruland 3:28:95
13. Chen Xu 3:30:24
14. Song Xinxue 3:31:67
15. Eeva Nurmi 3:32:22
16. Tveter Bratli Solveig 3:33:01

Full results of stages 2 and 3 in Xiwuqi can be found on the Results page.

Number 1 in the ski sprint according to FIS points, number 6 in the Xiwuqi qualifications: Johan Eriksson

Julia Jansson getting ready for her start

China Tour de Ski leader Kusti Kittilae was fastest in the men's qualifications.

The women lining up for the start