Bjoergen wins 10 km free in Lahti
Marit Bjoergen of Norway won today's 10 km free technique interval start competition in Lahti, Finland. For Bjoergen it was her 7th win in this technique putting her one behind Katerina Neumannova (CZE) with eight for the most all-time. In second place was Sweden's Charlotte Kalla +26.9 and in third Therese Johaug (NOR) +27.6.
Kalla was the only one that was able to break up a 4 person sweep of the ladies' competition by Norway. Johaug who led for most of the way lost time over the final kilometers to slip to third at the finish.
- For Bjoergen it was her 7th win in this technique and distance.
- The most WC-wins in this event is Katerina Neumannova (CZE) with eight
- Therese Johaug led at all splits from the start until 8.4 km
- Charlotte Kalla sped up in the last lap moving from 3rd place at 8.4km checkpoint to 2nd in the finish
- Marit Bjørgen has finished on the podium in her last 23 World Cup finishes in distance competitions (including overall tour results) going back to a fourth place in 10km skiathlon in Lahti March 2011
- Therese Johaug has kept the Overall World Cup lead with 1142 pts
Marit Bjørgen NOR
I had very good skis today. Since the Games I have felting a very good shape and I knew I could ski fast today. I was fighting all the way with Therese. I will have to fight hard with Therese if I want to win the Overall World Cup.
Charlotte Kalla SWE
I’m glad for second place. My plan was to start slow and speed up during the race. We had challenging snow conditions but I felt strong. It was a bit more difficult yesterday. I am really looking forward to the last competitions of the season especially to the World Cup Final in Falun.
Therese Johaug NOR
I am a bit disappointed about the third place. My shape was good and I felt strong. I started fast and tried to keep the pace high all the way but towards the end I lost some seconds. I am happy to be in the yellow bib and I will try to keep it until the end of the season.
OFFICIAL RESULTS - Ladies 10 km free technique
1. BJOERGEN Marit NOR 25:05.3
2. KALLA Charlotte SWE +26.9
3. JOHAUG Therese NOR +27.6
4. JACOBSEN Astrid Uhrenholdt NOR +30.1
5. WENG Heidi +34.9
Complete results are available HERE.
Overall World Cup standing ladies
1. Therese Johaug NOR 1142 pts
2. Marit Bjørgen NOR 1002 pts
3. Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen NOR 951 pts
Distance World Cup standing ladies
1. Therese Johaug NOR 572 pts
2. Marit Bjørgen NOR 499 pts
3. Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen NOR 443 pts