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Pippa hails Vasaloppet finish: 'It was incredible'

Pippa hails Vasaloppet finish: 'It was incredible'

Published: 05 Mar 2012 07:11 GMT+01:00
Updated: 05 Mar 2012 07:11 GMT+01:00

Pippa Middleton, sister of Duchess of Cambridge Catherine, made it across the finish line Sunday in Sweden's gruelling Vasaloppet cross-country ski race.

Prince William's sister-in-law was the 412th out of 1,734 women contestants to finish the 90-kilometre race, clocking in at seven hours, 13 minutes and 36 seconds.

Pippa, an avid athlete, took part in Sweden's longest cross-country race, which runs from Sälen to Mora in the west near the border with Norway, to raise money for charity.

"It was incredible and it was faster than I thought I would manage," Pippa was quoted by the Swedish-language Aftonbladet daily as saying.

"Now I'm going to rest and put my feet up."

Pippa's brother James was 10 minutes behind Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, who arrived 5,531th out of the 14,072 men in the race with a time of 6:36:32.

The times were faster than the eight hours, 12 minutes, and 41 seconds posted by Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf when he skied the Vasaloppet in 1977.

"To finish in about seven hours is a really good time," Vasaloppet spokesperson Per Strid said of Middleton's time to the TT news agency.

The winner of this year's race was Jorgen Brink for the second straight year, trimming 16 seconds off the course record with a time of 3:38:41.

The women's winner was Vibeke Skofterud of Norway with a time of 4:08:24.

Some 15,800 skiers started the race, inspired by a dramatic turning point in 1521 for Sweden's future king Gustav Vasa, who was locked in a life and death struggle against invading Danes.

The first race took place in 1922 and has been held nearly every year since.

Vasaloppet has a reputation as one of the great European events of the winter season, attracting increasing numbers of world class skiers.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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16:50 March 5, 2012 by McChatter
@The Local Get your facts right. Brink won for the third (3rd) straight year.

He also won a car for setting a new course record. Vibeke Skofterud also set a new course record for the ladies but didn't win a car. Come on, Sweden, you're supposed to be so strong on gender equality! Or had they just run out of Saabs?
17:20 March 5, 2012 by skogsbo
perhaps that is gender equality, you can only have 1 course record for the fastest time, do you then want a car for each age class, or veterans. In an equal world, if a woman gets the fastest time for the course, she'll get a car. Creating a second group and another car, isn't equality.

ps, well done Pippa.
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