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After Karl, Ridzik also broke into second place

After Karl, Ridzik also broke into second place

Second place in Lahti: Coletta Ridzik (IMAGO/christian heilwagen)

Cross-country skier Koleta Redzik surprisingly achieved the first podium finish of her career at the World Cup in Lahti. The 26-year-old from Oberstdorf was only beaten by Norway's Kristin Stafas Skistad in the freestyle and achieved the German team's next top result a day after Victoria Karl took second in the 20km.

Rydzek reached the sprint final for the third time in her career and prevailed in the battle for second place ahead of favorite Swedes Maja Dahlqvist and Linn Svahn.

Lahti remains a good place for the Rydzik family: brother Johannes Ridzik won four gold medals in the Nordic combined event at the 2017 World Championships.

Karl failed to qualify the next day of the tough twenty and only collected a few extra points in the battle for the historically best result by a German runner in the all-around World Cup. Karl, who missed her second World Cup victory 24 hours ago by just 1.9 seconds over Finland's Krista Parmakoski, did not finish higher than 35th in the preliminary rounds and missed the quarter-finals of the top 30 by 37 hundredths.

In the World Cup overall, Karl remains in fourth place, a position also achieved by Effie Dingbacher as the best German woman so far in the 2002/2003 and 2005/2006 seasons. Karl moved to second place in the World Cup Distance Championship.

In the men's sprint, Marius Kastner (Neubau) reached the semi-finals for the first time in his sixth Individual World Cup and came in 11th place. Norwegian star Johannes Hosflot Klabo won in the same fashion as he did the day before, and now has 79 World Cup victories.