Fabulous finish at 10th anniversary of the Demino Skimarathon today

The Russian Demino Skimarathon was the second Worldloppet race today. The men's final was one of the closest in history. The women's race was dominated by one lady.

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A sunny morning and a well-prepared ski course created a cheerful atmosphere at the start of the 50 km FT race at the Russian Worldloppet race, Demino Skimarathon. 1776 skiers from 17 countries gathered in the Demino stadium to challenge themselves and be a part of the biggest ski marathon in Russia. The Governor of the region made the starting shot for the first and elite waves of skiers. Nikolay Zimyatov, four times Olympic Champion, Alexander Zavialov, 2 times World Cup winner, together with Alexey Petukhov, Olympic bronze medallist, greeted the skiers from the stands.

Not even a second separates first three men 

The members of the Russian Marathon Team took the leadership from the beginning of the race. A group of bright black and green ski suits left the rivals behind, chasing each other up to the end of the second lap. Hundreds of spectators saw a memorable finish of the ski struggle. Raul Shakirzyanov, last year’s silver medallist, took the first place in 1:53:36.4 just a split second faster than Konstantin Glavatskikh who became the second. Mikhail Sosnin crossed the finish line after Glavatskikh as third, only 7 hundreds of a second behind the first!!!

Raul Shakirzyanov, the lucky winner said: "I'm very happy that I won, as last year I was the second. The course was very good, but the second lap was quite challenging, and the victory was decided at the finish line. Demino Marathon is prestigious in Russia and it has a great organization. I've visited Demino several times and I like it a lot."

Rocheva repeats her last year's victory

Among ladies the situation became clear on the second lap: Olga Rocheva, last year’s winner, managed to make a big gap between her rivals and came the first with the result 2:02:55.2. "This marathon is great and becomes better every year. I would like to thank the organizers and my team who prepared my skis and refreshments on the course. Everything was smooth so I achieved a good result.", she said. Her teammate Larisa Ryasina was almost three minutes behind her (2:05:40.3). Natalia Zernova became bronze medallist again as she did last year showing the result 2:10:55.4.

Snow and rain predicted for tomorrow's competitions

Tomorrow is the second day of the Rostec Demino Ski Marathon that will start with a Baby-marathon for children from 4 years old, and  5 km CT and 10 km CT races. The 25 km CT race will close the marathon weekend. The weather forecast says that the organizers should make a lot of efforts at night to save the perfect conditions of the course: 1 degree above zero and heavy snowfall with rain.

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