Cross-country skiing Olympic champion Katharina Hennig just missed the second sprint semi-final of her career in Beitostölen/Norway.
The 26-year-old from Oberwiesenthal came third in her quarterfinals and was 14 hundredths behind the necessary second place. However, the distance specialist could be very satisfied with 14th place.
Laura Gimmler (Oberstdorf) was the only German runner to make it into the top twelve, but dropped out last. Victoria Carl, Olympic champion in team sprint together with Hennig in Beijing, had already failed in the qualification. Last week Carl had achieved the best World Cup result of her career in fifth place in Lillehammer.
The women’s victory went to the Swiss Nadine Fähndrich. The Frenchman Richard Jouve prevailed in the men’s race, no German runner survived the qualification.