Alex Harvey was eliminated in the semifinals of the 1.6-kilometer sprint as part of the World Cup Cross-Country Finals on the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City.
In the second wave of the semi-finals, the Saint-Ferréol-les-Neiges foundry broke the distance in 3: 24.52, good for fifth place in his group of six skiers. He finished 2.69 seconds behind Norway’s Sindre Bjoernestad Skar, the winner of this second wave.
The first two of each wave qualified for the final, as well as the next two times among the eight other founders. Harvey finished 1.23 seconds behind Lucas Chavanat of France, who qualified last.
The great specialist of the exercise, the Norwegian Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo won the grand final in 3: 22,14. He beat Italy’s Federico Pellegrino by 1.10 seconds and Skar by 1.55 seconds.
Earlier in the day, Harvey had signed the 23rd qualifying round, flown by Klaebo.
Harvey, 30, had failed to qualify for the playoffs of this event since November in Lillehammer. He had then obtained his only podium of the season, a bronze medal.
In 2017 in Quebec, Harvey shone by winning the sprint and taking second place in the pursuit. But as he acknowledged Thursday, the expectations are different this time even if he dreams to put an end to his career with a podium by Sunday.
No other registered Canadian athlete was able to climb among the top 30 qualifiers.
On the women’s side, Sweden’s Stina Nilsson won the final in 3: 44.80, one hundredth of a second ahead of compatriot Maja Dahlqvist. Jonna Sundling (3: 46.08), also from Sweden, was third.
No Canadian got their ticket to the playoffs. With The Canadian Press