Women's relay team claims 100th ever World Championship gold for Norway
After Martin Johnsrud Sundby (NOR, Fischer skis and boots) wasn't able to realize it, his team-mates Maiken Caspersen Falla, Heidi Weng, Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen and Marit Bjørgen took the 100th gold in the history of World Championships for their country Norway. Already Maiken Caspersen Falla who became first skier instead of out-of-shape Ingvild Flugstad Østberg (NOR) tried an attack in her second lap and escaped a few seconds from Finland, Sweden and Poland who had the best athlete among all teams in leg one with Justyna Kowalczyk (POL, Fischer). However, Heidi Weng could not extend or keep this lead so Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen made everything clear with an attack towards the end of her first lap of skating. She was able to gaim a small gap against Laura Mononen (FIN) who was completely exhausted in her second 2.5 kilometers lap and lost one minute. So Marit Bjørgen had just to ski home their gold medal.
As a result of the collapse of Mononen the Finns came together with Sweden to the last handover after the Swedes already dropped behind earlier in the race. Anna Haag (SWE, Fischer) always had problems to keep the contact which Charlotte Kalla (SWE, Fischer) lost after an offensive start during the last kilometer before her handover. The only 19-year-old Ebba Andersson (SWE, Fischer skis and boots) was a surprise in the quartet and many doubts were voiced by the media as well as the competing teams from Norway and Finland. In fact, the inexperienced skier lost another 45 seconds to Astrid Jacobsen after having just one World Cup race and a World Championship start in skiathlon before. But she was able to close up with Finland shortly before the last handover. So it was an exciting final leg between Stina Nilsson (SWE, Fischer) and Krista Pärmäkoski (FIN) who both sped down and watched on each other several times during their race. A Finnish attack on the last climb was not successful, so the race was decided in the stadium in favor of the Swede, who won a final sprint for the first time in these days in Lahti. The Americans Kikkan Randall, Sadie Bjornsen (both USA, Fischer skis and boots), Liz Stephen and Jessie Diggins (both USA) became fourth.
=>Relay Women Lahti (FIN)
=> Check out the comment of Marit Björgen and see how the Swedes celebrate silver.
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