Britain’s only representative in the quarter-finals of the race, James Clugnot, faced all the skating gods against him in Davos.
The 25-year-old was the 18th fastest skater in the playoffs and was in good shape in the quarter-finals when something strange happened. Suddenly, the Brit dropped one of the two skis and had to turn around to put it back on.
Then the block ran away and Clugnet couldn’t catch up. What really happened?
– I am ridiculously unlucky, says James Cluignette, shaking his head:
I tried to pass Pellegrino and ended up very close to the Czech (Kalivoda). His sledge got into my handcuffs and I lifted him. Then go skating.
James Clunate shakes his head more and shrugs his shoulders.
– I mean… how much bad luck can you get? seriously? I’m so angry.
Has this happened to you before?
– No no. Has anyone ever happened?
Are you the first to encounter this on this planet?
– Probably not, but … what the hell is this. That’s all I can say.
Bad luck Brittain: ‘He must be depressed for a few hours’
James Clunate finally trailed by 23 seconds behind his lead on goal.
– I’ve been in really good shape this winter and I feel great. It went well, but suddenly I only had one skate under my feet. What can you do, Clognet wonders.
The Briton will now recharge before Sunday’s 15km freestyle race.
“Now I will be depressed for a few hours and will try to drive faster tomorrow,” says James Cluignette.
Anton Pearson beat personal best – eight at Davos
Johannes Husfluth Klapow returns home in the sprint sprint in Davos. Behind him, Anton Persson became Sweden’s best player in eighth, his best World Cup result ever.
I am satisfied with my best, but at the same time I feel I have more to give. I wasn’t so lucky with me in the semi-finals, says Pearson.
You got an Olympic ticket now, do you think?
– I don’t know… I tried to nullify those thoughts. But now I should at least be a good candidate.
Anders Bystrom, Sweden’s manager, was influenced by the efforts of Anton Persson at Davos.
– It’s incredibly good. Bystrom says there is now nothing lacking on the podium.
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