The anchors of Finland and Russia, Joni Mäki and Aleksandr Bolshunov, had a fierce final cross-race in Salpausselä on Sunday in the message of the World Ski Cup.
The rally, which turned in favor of the hill, has been stirring up the feelings of the ski people for several days.
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The Finn turned from a horseshoe to the finish line first and curved from the inside curve to the outer track, in front of Bolshunov.
Embarrassed by the situation, Bolshunov and numerous experts have accused Mäki of wedging, while others have seen his performance as an orthodox tactical solution.
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The Finnish team did not even receive a warning about the terrible situation, but Russia was rejected due to Bolshunov's outburst.
The solution was not melted down, especially behind the eastern border.
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The jury of the competition interpreted the situation favorably for Finns on the basis of the association's rules.
Blocking and lane-switching policies are dealt with in sections 343.9 and 343.11 of the Fis International Competition Rules.
The rules, which Mäkiä was also accused of, are dealt with in the rules as follows:
- Blocking is prohibited in all competitions.
Such behavior is defined as intentional obstruction, obstruction, harassment, and pushing of another athlete on any part of the body or ski equipment.
The rules related to lane change are much more open to interpretation than the rules on blocking.
In Sunday's message, three adjacent lanes were marked for the final line.
The rule of thumb is that those arriving first for farrowing may choose their own lane.
- On those sections of the track where the lanes are marked, the competitor should choose the lane and ski along it.
However, a competitor may change lanes, subject to rule ICR 343.9.
(With the exception of departure bands where lane-switching is not permitted), Section 343.11 of the Fis Rules of the Competition states.
In an interview with SVT published on Tuesday, Fis's competition director Pierre Mignerey stated that Mäki did not violate the rules related to blocking or lane change.
- He came ahead and got to choose the band he wanted.
He did not stop Bolshunov in a forbidden way, he stated.
Mäki, who was cornering on the outer lane, and Bolshunov, who was trying to follow the same line, collided, but according to Mignery, it was not Mäki's fault.
- He did not change lanes or make a sudden move to the right.
It was not harassment but a tactical movement.
The hill had the right to choose the lane.
For him, the best solution was probably to choose the rightmost lane so that Bolshunov would not have room to accelerate past, Mignerey explained to SVT.
In a interview with Ilta-Sanomat on Monday, Matias Strandvall, a former national team skier who marinated in the final races of the sprints, reminded that situations like Sunday's contact take place in the church fight together.
- A handful of such cases would certainly be found at Saturday's joint departure.
Now it became such a big deal when it was a crucial place and Master Bolshunov challenged Mäki, he summed up.
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