2017/03/04

Marit Bjørgen wins her 18th World Championship gold in 30k mass start

Marit Bjørgen (NOR, Fischer skis and boots) won her fourth gold in the mass start over 30 kilometers in free style. Alltogether, it was her 18th World Championship medal in her 60th World Championship race.

Marit Bjørgen did not dominate today's race as often before but the pace was very high over long parts of the race. Nevertheless, the favorites remained together until the end and changed in the pace work again and again. Five kilometers to go, the top group still had ten women but shortly afterwards Nathalie von Siebenthal (SUI, Fischer skis and boots) had to say goodbye to them and dropped behind. Marit Bjørgen attacked on the penultimate climb and the group was destroyed. Among the beaten ones was also co-favorite Charlotte Kalla (SWE, Fischer) who just suffered a broken pole at the moment when the pace became faster - seconds before the attack and two kilometers before the finish. The Norwegian in the lead did not notice the problems of her rival and continued her pace while Kalla had to ski for about 25 seconds without a pole. All four Norwegians took the lead. After another attack on the last climb Bjørgen had only Heidi Weng (NOR) on her heels. The fight for gold was decided in the Lahti curve where Bjørgen skied much better than her compatriot who went wide. After winning her fourth title in Lahti, she said, "The pace was very high, so it was not so easy to make the pace ahead. I pushed the last two kilometers hard and turned around and saw that Heidi was behind me. I think that my skis were better than those from Heidi. I definately wanted to win this gold!" Ragnhild Haga (NOR, Fischer) celebrated finishing fourth very loudly after she got the chance to start very late. Charlotte Kalla came in seventh ahead of Teresa Stadlober (AUT, Fischer skis and boots) who made an inconspicuous race, but always with the group. Anna Haag (SWE, Fischer) was ninth. Nathalie von Siebenthal had worked too much on the flat parts and then had muscular problems five kilometers before the finish. She reached the finish line with the chasing group and was eleventh behind Yulia Tchekaleva (RUS, Fischer skis and boots).

=> 30k F Mst Women Lahti (FIN)

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