Dresden (dpa) - Cross-country skier Coletta Rydzek has made a big step towards the home world championship with her best World Cup result to date.
The Oberstdorf native came in tenth at the Sprint World Cup in Dresden on Saturday and has now achieved half the World Cup norm.
The 23-year-old was the best German.
The winner was the Swiss Nadine Fähndrich, ahead of Sophie Caldwell Hamilton from the USA and the Slovenian Anamarija Lampic.
In the men's category, the Italian Federico Pellegrino achieved the expected victory.
He relegated Britons Andrew Young and Gleb Retiwich to their places.
The cross-country nations Norway, Sweden and Finland did without the World Cup.
With only one DSV starter in the semi-finals, national coach Peter Schlickenrieder was visibly disappointed.
«That is clearly not enough.
We don't manage to reduce the big gap to the world's best in the sprint, "said Schlickenrieder.
“Coletta showed how it can be done.
She did very well tactically, ”said the coach, who brought eight of the nine starters to the quarter-finals.
Only Antonia Fräbel from Asbach was eliminated from the qualification due to a fall.
The gentlemen are completely out of the role.
Sebastian Eisenlauer was the only DSV runner to survive the prologue, but then had no chance in the quarter-finals.
"It is frustrating for him that he simply cannot transfer the strong training performance into the competition," said Schlickenrieder.
Qualification results women
Qualification results men