Emil Iverson and Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo seal Norway one-two
Imperious skiing from Emil Iversen and Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo ensured Norway dominated in the FIS Cross Country World Cup Team Sprint World Cup in Lahti.
Klaebo – who has dominated both individual and team disciplines throughout the season – led the first Norwegian pair to victory on the Finnish snow in 18:57.19mins.
The battle for second saw a dramatic conclusion, with a photo-finish required to separate second Norwegian pair Sindre Bjoernestad Skar and Eirik Brandsdal from home favourites Iivo Niskanen and Ristomatti Hakola.
But it was the Norwegian duo who prevailed, finishing 0.06s ahead of the Finns and 0.65s back from their compatriots.
"We were here in the world championship in 2017 and it was tough – we fell in the last turn.
" Now to come back and win here – the same team – on a bit different track but the same place, it’s very cool for us and we’re very proud."