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Father of Russian skier Bolshunov believes Falun victory is triumph of justice

The athlete had his first race Friday after the conflict with Finland’s Joni Maki last week during the World Cup event in Lahti
Alexander Bolshunov  EPA-EFE/Fredrik Sandberg
Alexander Bolshunov
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MOSCOW, January 29. /TASS/. The victory of Russian cross-country skier Alexander Bolshunov in the individual freestyle 15 km race at the World Cup event in Falun, Sweden, shows that he was right in the conflict with Finland’s Joni Maki, his father, Alexander Bolshunov Sr., told TASS.

On Friday, Bolshunov had his first race after the incident last week at the World Cup event in Finland’s Lahti. In that race, Maki blocked Bolshunov's way to prevent the Russian from getting ahead and stepped on his ski. Bolshunov responded by brushing him aside with a ski pole and later collided with him after the finish line to knock Maki off his feet. The Russian team was disqualified and Bolshunov later apologized but did not change his opinion on the Finnish skier’s behavior, being convinced that Maki broke the rules.

"It is clear that he did not break psychologically and had a decent race. Negative moments pressured him, but he showed a fair fight today. There were opponents who were hot on Sasha’s heels, but they couldn’t edge him. There is God above, it is a triumph of justice, we did not have to wait long," Bolshunov Sr. said.

Maki came 68th on Friday.

Bolshunov is the defending World Cup winner and leads the overall standings this season.