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Johaug beats Bjoergen to win 30K at worlds

 Norway's Marit Bjoergen, center, and Poland's Justyna Kowalczyk, foreground right, lead the field after the start of the women's 30 km mass start at ...
 Norway's Therese Johaug celebrates after winning the women's 30 km mass start at the Ski World Championships in Oslo, Norway, on Saturday, March 5, 2...
 Norway's Therese Johaug competes to cross the finish line during the women's 30 km mass start at the Ski World Championships in Oslo, Norway, on Satu...
 Norway's Therese Johaug laughs on the podium after winning the women's 30 km mass start at the Ski World Championships in Oslo, Norway, on Saturday, ...

Norway Nordic Worlds

Norway's Marit Bjoergen, center, and Poland's Justyna Kowalczyk, foreground right, lead the field after the start of the women's 30 km mass start at ...

Norway Nordic Worlds

Norway's Therese Johaug celebrates after winning the women's 30 km mass start at the Ski World Championships in Oslo, Norway, on Saturday, March 5, 2...

Norway Nordic Worlds

Norway's Therese Johaug competes to cross the finish line during the women's 30 km mass start at the Ski World Championships in Oslo, Norway, on Satu...

Norway Nordic Worlds

Norway's Therese Johaug laughs on the podium after winning the women's 30 km mass start at the Ski World Championships in Oslo, Norway, on Saturday, ...

Norway's Therese Johaug won the women's 30-kilometer freestyle event on Saturday, shattering teammate Marit Bjoergen's dream of a fifth gold medal at the Nordic skiing world championships.
Bjoergen was widely expected to take the gold she needed to equal Russian skier Elena Vaelbe's record from 1997. The 30-year-old Norwegian had dominated every race she had entered at the worlds, winning three individual titles and one team gold.
But the 22-year-old Johaug darted clear at the halfway point, before crossing the line in 1 hour, 23 minutes, 45.1 seconds to leave Poland's Justyna Kowalczyk and Bjoergen in a tussle for silver.
Bjoergen could at least take comfort from finishing 50 seconds ahead of Kowalczyk, but 44 seconds behind her teammate.
The new champion carried the Norwegian flag over the finishing line as her achievement started to sink in.
"It's the greatest day of my life," Johaug said. "I've dreamt of this since I was a little girl watching Marit win world championship golds."
Viking helmets and Norwegian flags abounded at the side of the track as some 100,000 fans made their way up the winding paths to the famed Holmenkollen venue. For once, the mountain fog had lifted and the skiers settled into their rhythm under a clear blue sky.
A familiar picture began to form soon after the mass start, with the leading trio zipping ahead of Sweden's Charlotte Kalla after 14 kilometers. Bjoergen and the 28-old-year Kowalczyk, with two previous 1-2 finishes, looked set for another gold-medal duel.
But when Johaug dug in her ski poles and raced off alone into the woods, the more experienced skiers began to feel the effects of their hectic race schedule.
"I knew my chance was on the uphill, and that's where I got the gap to Kowalczyk and Marit," Johaug said.
Bjoergen gave chase but, each time she gained some ground, Johaug picked up the pace again.
"I really tried and I closed to 14 seconds in the stadium," Bjoergen said. "But after we changed skis again it was back up to 20-25 seconds and I knew I had to concentrate on the silver."
With a total of eight career world championship golds, Bjoergen said she hadn't been thinking about matching Vaelbe's record but instead focused on enjoying the event.
"It's a little bit sad that it's over," Bjoergen said. "I'm going to remember this for the rest of my life."
Kowalczyk leaves Oslo with two silvers and a bronze. Despite again failing to dislodge the Norwegians, Kowalczyk enjoyed her last race in front of the huge Holmenkollen crowd.
"There were a lot of nice spectators today," Kowalczyk said. "The spirit around the track was really good and I will go home happy."
The men's large hill ski jump takes place later Saturday, before the world championships end Sunday with the men's 50K freestyle race.


Updated : 2021-10-17 13:27 GMT+08:00