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    Tuesday, December 16, 1997

    Valbusa wins men's race, sister second in women's competition


  • Results
     VAL DI FIEMME, Italy (AP) -- Italy's Fulvio Valbusa skied to his first World Cup cross-country victory today, and sister Sabrina Valbusa reached the podium for the first time with a second-place finish.
     "It's an incredible day. I couldn't have expected anything better," said Fulvio Valbusa, who finished the men's 15-kilometer freestyle in 37 minutes, 4.3 seconds. Norway's Thomas Alsgaad finished 13.5 seconds back.
     Marcus Nash of Fryeburg, Maine, finished 43rd in 39:50.4, and Justin Wadsworth of Bend, Ore., was 49th in 40:07.4.
     Russia's Larissa Lazutina won the women's 15-kilometer race in 37:40.4, edging Sabrina Valbusa by 30.9 seconds.
     Italy's Manuela di Centa, a two-time World Cup titlist and winner of five medals in the 1994 Olympics, finished 10th in 39:06.0. She made her season debut Saturday following a 10-month layoff because of injuries.
     Kerrin Petty of Townshend, Vt., was 73rd in 43:02.0.


     VAL DI FIEMME, Italy (AP) -- Results Tuesday of World Cup 15-kilometer freestyle cross-country races:
     Men
     1, Fulvio Valbusa, Italy, 37 minutes, 4.3 seconds.
     2, Thomas Alsgaard, Norway, 37:17.8.
     3, Bjorn Daehlie, Norway, 37:33.3.
     4, Johann Muehlegg, Germany, 37:47.9.
     5, Silvio Fauner, Italy, 37:55.3.
     6, Per Elofsson, Sweden, 37:57.1.
     7, Mathias Fredriksson, Sweden, 38:03.3.
     8, Alois Stadlober, Austria, 38:08.7.
     9, Pietro Piller Cottrer, Italy, 38.09.2.
     (tie) Anders Bergstroem, Sweden, 38.09.2.
     11, Christian Hoffmann, Austria, 38:12.7.
     12, Torgny Mogren, Sweden, 38:23.1.
     13, Fabio Maj, Italy, 38.30.6.
     14, Nicklas Jonsson, Sweden, 38:34.0.
     15, Jari Isometsa, Finland, 38:37.4.
     Also
     43, Marcus Nash, Fryeburg, Maine, 39:50.4.
     49, Justin Wadsworth, Bend, Ore., 40:07.4.
     76, Chris Blanchard, Canada, 41:05.9.
     92, Robin McKeever, Canada, 41:36.5.
     ------
     World Cup Standings
     (After five events)
     1, Daehlie, 392.
     2, Alsgaard, 286.
     3, Vladimir Smirnov, Kazakistan, 204.
     4, Henrik Forsberg, Sweden, 146.
     5, Michail Botvinov, Austria, 143.
     6, Valbusa, 131.
     7, Sture Sivertsen, Norway, 124.
     8, Erling Jevne, Norway, 117.
     9, Fredriksson, 116.
     10, Muehlegg, 107. Also
     49, Nash, 13.
     ------
     Women
     1, Larissa Lazutina, Russia, 37:40.4.
     2, Sabina Valbusa, Italy, 38:11.3.
     3, Stefania Belmondo, Italy, 38.13.4.
     4, Maria Theurl, Austria, 38.17.4.
     5, Olga Danilova, Russia, 38:38.2.
     6, Kristina Smigun, Estonia, 38:46.2.
     7, Elena Vaelbe, Russia, 38:58.3.
     8, Sophie Villeneuve, France, 38:59.0.
     9, Nina Gavriljuk, Russia, 39:02.5.
     10, Manuela Di Centa, Italy, 39:06.0.
     11, Olga Korneeva, Russia, 39:17.0
     12, Valentina Shevchenko, Ukraine, 39:22.2.
     13, Sigrid Wille, Germany, 39:22.3.
     14, Fumiko Aoki, Japan, 39:37.0.
     15, Maj Helen Sorkmo, Norway, 39:37.7.
     Also
     32, Beckie Scott, Canada, 40:20.2.
     68, Milaine Theriault, Canada, 42:18.0.
     73, Kerrin Petty, Townshend, Vt., 43:02.0.
     76, Jaime Fortier, Canada, 43:34.0.
     81, Sara Renner, Canada, 44:48.3.
     ------
     World Cup Standings
     (After Four Events)
     1, Bente Martinsen, Norway, 286 points.
     2, Lazutina, 260
     3, Anita Moen-Guidon, Norway, 185.
     4, Danilova, 145.
     5, Gavriljuk, 107.
     (tie) Villeneuve, 107.
     7, Vaelbe, 106.
     8, Trude Dybendahl-Hartz, Norway, 104.
     9, Belmondo, 103.
     10, Smigun, 93.
     Also
     16, Scott, 53.