Mart Kevin Põlluste wins Tartu Ski Marathon

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Mart Kevin Põlluste Source: Private collection

The 47th Tartu Ski Marathon was won by Estonian Mart Kevin Põlluste with a time of three hours, three minutes and 12.8 seconds ahead of teammate Henri Roos who trailed Põlluste by just 29.5 seconds.

Raul Olle was the last Estonian to win the Tartu Ski Marathon in 2005. The victory has gone to Norway four times, Sweden thrice and France twice since then, while Finn Niko Koskela won the marathon when it was lat held in 2019.

Taavi Kaiv came in third (+2:24.4), with Andres Juursalu (+3:53.3), Robin Möll (+6:39.5) and Henrik Peterson (+6:45.5) rounding out the top six.

Tatjana Mannima finished 19th as the fastest woman of the competition three hours, seventeen minutes and 58.8 seconds behind the winner.

Põlluste, Roos (+1.5) and Hendrik Peterson (+3.9) had formed a leading group and pulled ahead by the marathon's half-way point in Kuutse (32 km). A group of ten followed a minute behind and also inclued Tatjana Mannima as the fastest woman.

While Roos was still just 0.3 seconds behind Põlluste in the last timing station in Hellenurme, the former pulled ahead to finish the marathon 29.5 seconds ahead of his teammate.

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Editor: Marcus Turovski

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