Julien Locke (CAN) - FIS world cup cross-country, individual sprint, Falun (SWE). (Modica/NordicFocus)

Julien Locke misses sprint qualifying by a fraction of a second

The World Cup Finals in Falun, Sweden opened with a skate sprint race.

The World Cup Finals in Falun, Sweden opened with a skate sprint race.

Temperatures were just around zero celsius as the athletes headed out on the course for qualifying.

Julien Locke was the top Canadian in 32nd place, just .06 seconds away from heats qualifying, after skiing through the halfway point in 29th. Alex Harvey had a slightly slower start and finished 0.2 seconds behind Locke in 34th.

Devon Kershaw was 74th and Graeme Killick 81st.

Emily Nishikawa is more of a classic distance skier, but had a solid result for her, in the women’s competition. Emily was 41st, her 2nd best World Cup sprint result out of 23 races.

Dahria Beatty was 49th, Cendrine Browne 61st and Zina Kocher 72nd.

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