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Bjoergen wins gold in 30K cross-country at Sochi Games

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The Canadian Press
2/22/2014 6:23:09 AM
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KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- Marit Bjoergen has won her sixth Olympic gold by leading a Norwegian sweep in the women's 30-kilometre cross-country ski race at the Sochi Games.

The Norwegian women finally displayed their dominance of the sport on Sunday, as Bjoergen pulled away from Therese Johaug heading into the stadium and sprinted alone to win her third gold of the Sochi Olympics.

She also won three gold medals in Vancouver.

Johaug took silver and Kristin Stoermer Steira was third. The three Norwegians pulled away after the 10-kilometre mark and then built a gap of more than a minute on the rest of the field.

Kerttu Niskanen of Finland was fourth, more than a minute behind.

Brittany Webster of Caledon, Ont., was the top Canadian, finishing 46th in one hour 21 minutes and 5.5 seconds.

Whitehorse's Emily Nishikawa was 47th in 1:21:38.6, followed by Amanda Ammar of Onoway, Alta., who placed 49th in 1:22:03.7 and Heidi Widmer of Banff, Alta., who was 52nd in 1:24:11.5.

Marit Bjoergen (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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