Therese Johaug wins third gold medal with dominant 30 km victory
Therese Johaug of Norway has won the 30 km classic mass start competition at the 2015 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. It is her third gold medal of these championships in Falun, Sweden. Johaug attacked just after the 6.5 km mark and stretched out the lead group which contained roughly ten athletes. No other skier could respond and Johaug was away on her own for the next 23.5 km, at times stretching her lead to more than one minute. In the silver medal position was Marit Bjoergen (NOR) who managed to break away from the chasing group just past the halfway mark of the competition and arrived unchallenged to the finish +52.3 seconds behind Johaug's winning time of 1:24:47.0. Charlotte Kalla of Sweden thrilled the home crowd with another podium finish in the bronze medal position +1:31.6.
For Johaug it is her first ever win in the 30 km classic at the international level. She finished second in the World Cup in Oslo in March 2014, and third in the WCh in 2007 and 2013. It also marks the first time she has ever won two individual gold medals at the same championship. She won one individual event and the relay in 2011 and 2013 WCh’s. She becomes the fifth Norwegian female skier with two gold medals from the same WCh in individual distance events. Berit Aunli (1982), Anette Bøe (1985), Bente Skari (2001 and 2003) and Marit Bjørgen (2011 and 2013).
OFFICIAL RESULTS - Ladies' 30 km classic mass start
1. JOHAUG Therese 1988 NOR 1:24:47.0
2. BJOERGEN Marit 1980 NOR +52.3
3. KALLA Charlotte 1987 SWE +1:31.6
4. NISKANEN Kerttu 1988 FIN +1:55.2
5. BLECKUR Sofia 1984 SWE +2:09.3
Complete results are available HERE.