Bjoergen notches 40th World Cup win

Sat, 11 Dec 13:08:00 2010

Three-times Olympic champion Marit Bjoergen picked up her 40th World Cup victory in the 10km classic in Davos, Switzerland.

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The 30-year-old Norwegian eased home comfortably ahead of the rest of the field, taking the line in 29 minutes and 31.6 seconds.

Defending World Cup champion Justyna Kowalczyk was 29.3s back in second while Bjoergen's compatriot Therese Johaug was third, a further nine seconds behind the Pole.

Bjoergen is now just one win short of compatriot Bente Skari on the all-time victories list, and five short of leader Elena Vaelbe, who won 45 races in total.

The Norwegian, for whom it was a third win this season, tops the World Cup standings with 540 points ahead of Kowalczyk.

In the men's 15km classic, Kazakhstan’s Alexey Poltoranin sprung a surprise to grab his first World Cup victory of his career.

The 23-year-old has already proved his form this season, securing silver in the 1.4km sprint World Cup finale in Kuusamo last month and this time around he upgraded to gold in the 15km classic.

Poltoranin crossed the line in 40:03.5 minutes, nearly a second ahead of Russia’s Alexander Legkov, who has a 2007 world silver medal to his name, while the Czech Republic’s Lukas Bauer, a 2006 Olympic silver medallist, was third in 40:07.5.


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