The Canadian team of the 4 X 10 km relay took a disappointing 12 th place on Friday at the penultimate men’s event of the World Cross-Country Skiing Championships in Lahti. So there’s only one chance for Alex Harvey to get the coveted medal.
Unfortunately, Harvey, Graeme Killick, Devon Kershaw and Len Valjas were unable to recover the fine sensations that earned a bronze medal, the first in the history of the country in this discipline, during the Ulricehamn relay on January 22 .
The Canadians even lost a lap on the winners on Friday. Consequently, they could not complete the event, as was the case for four other teams.
Meanwhile, the Norwegians were loyal to their reputation by winning a hot fight against the Russians. Only 4.6 seconds separated the two best formations of the day. The winners completed the course in 1h37: 20.1. Far behind, Sweden is on the third step of the podium, more than two and a half minutes from the winners.
At the dawn of the Finnish competition, Alex Harvey had made no hiding place. “Of course I’ll be disappointed if I come back without a podium,” he had told the Sun . The Saint-Ferreol-les-Neiges athlete must now fall back on Sunday’s 50 km freestyle. His only career medal on this distance in the World Cup was acquired in 2009, in Norway. However, he took fifth place in two of the last three World Championships in 2011 and 2015.