Randall 21st in 30-K classic race

March 11, 2012 

Showing her versatility, World Cup sprint champion Kikkan Randall of Anchorage skied to 21st place in a 30-kilometer classic race in Oslo, Norway.

The result keeps Randall in fourth place in the overall World Cup standings as the season nears its conclusion. On Wednesday, after the final sprint race of the season, Randall will be presented with the crystal globe as the season's sprint champion, a title she clinched last week.

Randall, whose strength is freestyle sprinting, showed promise as a distance classic skier Sunday, skiing as high as 13th place in a group just behind the leaders.

Hometown hero Marit Bjoergen of Norway won the race in 1 hour, 26 minutes, 9.8 seconds, to the delight of thousands of cheering fans. Randall clocked 1:32:26.7.

"I had a really good middle part of the race. I felt strong and I switched to a new pair of skis and was feeling good cruising up the hills. Then I switched skis on the last lap and I didn't have quite as much kick and I was getting a little tired and cramping started to set in," Randall said in an email. "But I fought hard to the end and I'm glad I put in a really hard effort."

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