Marit Bjørgen and Øeystein Pettersen won Toppidrettsveka opener
Marit Bjørgen crushed her opponents yesterday in the Toppidrettsveka opener, 10 km Mass Start Free and powered to clear victory. Bjørgen won the race in the time of 26:20.8. Therese Johaug finished in second place but lost on Bjørgen a huge margin of +1:47.1. Youngster Heidi Weng took third place +1:49.3 back.
Former sprinter, nowadays long distance specialist Øeystein Pettersen won the men’s 15 km mass start free. There were 21 skiers in just 9 seconds in the finish and top 10 finishers lined up in only 3 seconds. Øeystein Pettersen out lunged Simen Østensen by tiny 0.8 sec. Niklas Dyrhaug finished in 3rd place +0.9 sec back.