(Lahti, Finland) - Norway's Marit Bjoergen raced her way to her 16th championship gold medal in the ladies' 10 km classic interval start competition. She was the clear winner with a margin of 41 seconds ahead of Sweden's Charlotte Kalla in the silver medal position and Norway's Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen took the bronze +55.5 back of Bjoergen's winning time of 25:24.9.
Marit Bjoergen (NOR)
Today I felt very good and strong. 10 km Classic was really somehitng I wamnted to win and achieve the gold medal. That’s why I was nervous before today.
Charlotte Kalla (SWE)
I was happy to start early. I also could focus just on my competition and think about time of the other girls. I started very hard. I probably had to pay for the high speed in the second lap.
Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen (NOR)
I feel like this is the biggest success I have achieved. It was great to win in Sapporo but there is harder work behind the bronze medal today.
LADIES - 10 km classic interval start
1. BJOERGEN Marit 1980 NOR 25:24.9
2. KALLA Charlotte 1987 SWE +41.0
3. JACOBSEN Astrid Uhrenholdt 1987 NOR +55.5
4. WENG Heidi 1991NOR +1:13.8
5. HAAG Anna 1986 SWE +1:22.7