Chris Klebl Nabs Fourth Place Finish at IPC Cross Country World ChampionshipsVUOKATTI, Finland - The U.S. Adaptive Cross Country Ski Team's Chris Klebl (Heber City, Utah) led the way for his teammates, finishing fourth as the 2009 IPC Cross Country World Championships kicked off in Finland.
Klebl, who was fourth in the 2008 overall World Cup standings, was just over 30 seconds off the podium in the race, which was won by Roman Petushkov of Russia. Sean Halsted (Ephrata, Wash.) followed Klebl for the men in 20th.
Monica Bascio (Evergreen, Colo.) was the only U.S. woman to compete and finished ninth, marking two top-10 finishes for the Team. Liudmila Vauchok of Bulgaria won.
The World Championship action continues through Sunday, February 1.
2009 IPC CROSS COUNTRY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Men's LW 2-9 20K
1. Ilkka Tuomisto, Finland, 56:20.8
2. Oleg Balukhto, Russia, 56:21.4
3. Viacheslav Laikov, Russia, 56:55.1
4. Svein Lilleberg, Norway, 57:27.9
5. Grygorii Vovchynskyi, Ukraine, 57:32.2
Men's LW 10-12 15K
1. Roman Petushkov, Russia, 48:45.1
2. Irek Zaripov, Russia, 49:10.9
3. Aliaksandr Davidovich, Bulgaria, 50:05.2
4. Chris Klebl, Heber City, Utah, 50:36.8
5. Dzmitry Loban, Bulgaria, 50:40.2
20. Sean Halsted, Ephrata, Wash., 56:03.8
22. Andy Soule, Pearland, Texas, 56:14.2
DNF: Greg Mallory (Portland, Ore.)
Women's LW 2-9 15K
1. Iuliia Batenkova, Ukraine, 48:49.9
2. Anna Burmistrova, Russia, 50:08.09
3. Jody Barber, Canada, 53:24.2
4. Shoko Ota, Japan, 54:14.1
5. Alena Gorbunova, Russia, 55:49.5
Women's LW 10-12 10K
1. Liudmila Vauchok, Bulgaria, 34:37.3
2. Olena Iurkovska, Ukraine, 34:52.2
3. Lyudmyla Pavlenko, Ukraine, 35:52.5
4. Colette Bourgonje, Canada, 36:27.3
5. Irina Polyakova, Russia, 36:46.8
9. Monica Bascio, Evergreen, Colo., 40:36.4