Norway's Taugboel wins men's race at FIS Cross-Country China City Sprint
The second stop of the FIS Cross-Country China City Sprint was Beijing and the event was held at the Capital's Shougang Industrial Heritage Park in Shijingshan District where the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics organizing committee is now headquartered.
The second day of the event saw the participation of over 200 athletes, who raced at the Bird's Nest Celebration Square on Saturday, enjoying the balmy weather of more than 15 degree Celsius on a one lap circuit, measuring 1,573 meters.
In the men's final, Norway's Havard Solaas Taugboel, who won silver on day one, added a gold medal with a time of 3 minutes, 11.27 seconds and was only 0.19 seconds faster than his compatriot Kasper Stadaas.
The first day's men's gold medalist James Clugnet from Britain settled for the bronze, 0.3 seconds off the pace.
On the women's side, Sweden's Linn Soemskar claimed the gold medal with a time of 3 minutes, 32.95 seconds, followed by American Ida Sargent and Jennie Oeberg of Sweden.
None of the first day's top three women athletes returned to the podium as China's Dinigeer Yilamujiang bowed out in the quarter-finals.
The final sprint is set to be held in an open square in northwest Beijing's Yanqing District on Monday.