Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

Kalla wins, Bjoergen makes history at Winter Olympics

Kalla wins, Bjoergen makes history at Winter Olympics

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The Swede won in style, making a break midway through the last of the four laps to cross the line 7.8 seconds clear of Bjørgen, who made all the early running but came up short in her bid to win the event for a third time running.

Kalla won the race by more than seven seconds after breaking away from the pack in the last 2 kilometers to avenge her second-place finish to Bjoergen at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Finland's Krista Parmakoski finished 10.1 seconds off the pace in third.

"It means a lot", said the victorious Swede afterwards.

And the victor of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics' first gold medal is ... "It went my way and I tried to focus forward all the time", Kalla added. I am happy with that. Most of all, though, it was pure joy.

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Norway's Marit Bjørgen took silver, 7.8 seconds back, to become the most decorated female winter Olympian of all time while Finland's Krista Parmakoski clinched bronze, 10.1 seconds behind the victor.

Champion Sweden's Charlotte Kalla (C), second placed Norway's Marit Bjoergen (L) and third placed Finland's Krista Parmakoski celebrate after the Ladies' 7.5km + 7.5km Skiathlon of Cross-Country Skiing at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games at the Alpensia Cross-Country Skiing Centre in PyeongChang, South Korea, on February 10, 2018. "Charlotte was stronger than me".

The Dutch Olympic team had a record-breaking Olympics four years ago, when it won 24 medals in Sochi, including 23 in long-track speed skating.

"I should have been more aware when Charlotte was attacking".

The indefatigable Bjørgen has designs on returning to the podium at PyeongChang 2018: "I am here to take medals".

"I tried my best today, so I am satisfied with this result". It is my fifth Olympics and still to be there.

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