Haga dusts field to win 10K freestyle; Bjoergen gets a medal

Ragnhild Haga, of Norway, celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women's 10km freestyle cross-country skiing competition at the 2018 Winter Ol

Ragnhild Haga, of Norway, celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women's 10km freestyle cross-country skiing competition at the 2018 Winter Ol

Ragnhild Haga, of Norway, celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women's 10km freestyle cross-country skiing competition at the 2018 Winter Ol

Ragnhild Haga, of Norway, celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women's 10km freestyle cross-country skiing competition at the 2018 Winter Ol

Ragnhild Haga, of Norway, celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women's 10km freestyle cross-country skiing competition at the 2018 Winter Ol

Ragnhild Haga, of Norway, celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women's 10km freestyle cross-country skiing competition at the 2018 Winter Ol

Gold medal winner Ragnhild  Haga, of Norway, is flanked by silver medal winner Charlotte  Kalla, of Sweden, left, and bronze medal winners Marit  Bjoe

Gold medal winner Ragnhild  Haga, of Norway, is flanked by silver medal winner Charlotte  Kalla, of Sweden, left, and bronze medal winners Marit  Bjoe

Charlotte Kalla, of Sweden, competes during the women's 10km freestyle cross-country skiing competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, So

Charlotte Kalla, of Sweden, competes during the women's 10km freestyle cross-country skiing competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, So

Marit  Bjoergen, of Norway, competes during the women's 10km freestyle cross-country skiing competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, So

Marit  Bjoergen, of Norway, competes during the women's 10km freestyle cross-country skiing competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, So

Marit  Bjoergen, of Norway, competes during the women's 10km freestyle cross-country skiing competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, So

Marit  Bjoergen, of Norway, competes during the women's 10km freestyle cross-country skiing competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, So

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Ragnhild Haga jumped in the air and did a split near the finish line.

She had plenty of reason to celebrate.

The 27-year-old Norwegian didn't just beat the field in the women's 10-kilometer freestyle on Thursday, she dusted them in the race of a lifetime to earn her first medal in her first Olympics.

Haga finished in 25 minutes, 00.5 seconds, winning the race by more than 20 seconds over the power-packed field that included silver medalist Charlotte Kalla of Sweden. Norwegian teammate Marit Bjoergen and Krista Parmakoski of Finland finished tied for third to earn bronze medals.

The 37-year-old Bjoergen inched closer to making Winter Olympics history. She is now one medal shy of the matching the all-time record of 13, held by Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen. Bjoergen became the most decorated female in Winter Olympics history last week when she took silver in the 15-kilometer skiathlon.

Jessica Diggins of the United States finished in fifth place, less than four seconds out of medal contention. Hoping to become the first American woman to win a medal in cross-country skiing, Diggins now has three top-six finishes at the Olympics.

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