Therese Johaug (NOR), Holmenkollen Medaille
Therere Johaug (NOR)
Justyna Kowalczyk (POL), Therese Johaug (NOR), Yulia Tchekaleva (RUS) (l-r)
Start, Therese Johaug (NOR)
Justyna Kowalczyk (POL)
Yulia Tchekaleva (RUS)
Charlotte Kalla (SWE)

THERESE JOHAUG STORMS TO HER HOME VICTORY AT HOLMENKOLLEN

17.03.2013
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Therese Johaug (NOR, Fischer) totally dominated 30 kilometres free mass start. She succeeded ahead of Justyna Kowalczyk (POL, Fischer skis and boots) and Yulia Tchekaleva (RUS, Fischer).
23 kilometres alone
Directly after the start the pace was very high among the 60 athletes (without sick Marit Bjoergen (NOR, Fischer skis and boots) ) and more and more athletes took their toll because of Johaug's speed. After 2.5 kilometres only seven girls were in the leading group, just one kilometres later Johaug and Justyna Kowalczyk escaped from the group. But the Pole didn't seem to be that fresh, left the big bonus points to Johaug and wasn't able to follow her after seven kilometres. Johaug was lonesome and alone now, Kowalczyk was caught by the group five kilometres later. The Norwegian stayed with the pace, increased her advantage up to 1:30 minutes after 20 kilometres against the group of nine at this moment.

Johaug decreases her pace
The victory for Therese Johaug was already in the bag for ages. The Norwegian was able to keep it calm and maintained her lead with 90 seconds up to the end. Already at Gratishaugen, since 2011 as well known as Hellner-Bakken, she waved to her fans and after that she took a XXL-flag which she had to carry up to the finish. Therefore the final result was fudged: "Only" 46 seconds behind Johaug Justyna Kowalczyk finished second after she had been able to recover in the chasing group. But after her breather the Pole kept the pace high for a long time in the group and shortly before the finish she was able to escape. Five seconds behind her Russian Yulia Tchekaleva came in third who suffered with illness a few days ago. Charlotte Kalla (SWE, Fischer) was ranked sixth, 1:13 minutes back.


30k F Women mass start, Oslo (NOR):
1. Therese Johaug
NOR 01.21.17,70
2. Justyna Kowalczyk
POL 01.22.04,30
3. Yulia Tchekaleva
RUS 01.22.09,60
4. Heidi Weng
NOR 01.22.11,30
5. Masako Ishida
JPN 01.22.11,50
6. Charlotte Kalla
SWE 01.22.30,80
7. Kristin Störmer Steira
NOR 01.22.34,70
8. Astrid Jacobsen
NOR 01.22.36,60
9. Elizabeth Stephen
USA 01.22.41,60
10. Nicole Fessel
GER 01.22.49,20
11. Kerttu Niskanen
FIN 01.22.59,80
12. Coraline Hugue
FRA 01.23.05,00
13. Anouk Faivre Picon
FRA 01.23.16,00
14. Marina Piller
ITA 01.23.20,00
15. Mariya Guschina
RUS 01.23.29,30