Reigning Olympic team sprint champion Jessica Diggins claimed her first International Ski Federation (FIS) Cross-Country World Cup win of the season today at the latest event in Cogne in Italy.
The 27-year-old, who won a World Championship individual silver in 2017, triumphed in the women’s sprint today in 3min 32.73sec.
That time saw her beat Germany’s Sandra Ringwald by just 0.11 seconds and Sweden’s Johanna Hagstroem by 0.86.
In finishing second and third respectively both Ringwald and Hagstroem gained the first World Cup podiums of their careers.
Russia’s Natalia Nepryaeva, currently second in the overall World Cup standings, failed to make the final.
In the men’s event, hosts Italy took first and second place through Federico Pellegrino and Francesco De Fabiani.
The 2017 world champion Pellegrino gained his second World Cup win of the season in a time of 3:09.07, seeing him finish almost half-a-second ahead of his compatriot.
France’s Lucas Chanavat, winner of a World Championship under-23 sprint gold medal in 2016, came third just three-hundredths of a second behind De Fabiani.
The overall World Cup leaders Johannes Hoesflot Klæbo and Ingvild Flugstad Østberg remain top of their respective standings, despite not competing today.
Tomorrow the Cogne World Cup is due continue with classic races for the men and women.