Bjoergen picks up fourth gold in Oslo
Thu, 03 Mar 14:16:00 2011
Norwegian legend Marit Bjoergen claimed her fourth gold medal of the FIS Nordic Ski World Championships after anchoring the 4x5km women’s relay team to victory in Oslo.
In foggy conditions the home favourites and reigning Olympic champions made up of Bjoergen, Vibeke Skofterud, Therese Johaug and Kristin Stoermer Steira, hit the front early to win by 36.1 seconds.
Triple Olympic champion Bjoergen, 30, who sat out the team sprint 24 hours beforehand to preserve energy, took over the final leg with a 13 second cushion and coasted to a comfortable victory.
The Norwegian quartet clocked a time of 53:30.0 minutes with Sweden, anchored home by team sprint world champion Charlotte Kalla, trailing behind in second.
Reigning world champions Finland had to settle for bronze after winning in Liberec in 2009 crossing the line in a time of 54:29.8 with the Italian quartet well behind in fourth.
The victory takes Bjoergen’s personal tally of World Championship golds to eight and she is not finished yet with the individual 30km classic sprint still to come on Saturday.
Oslo women relay