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Marit Bjoergen (NOR), Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen (NOR) and Justyna Kowalczyk (POL) exploded out of the start gates in the women’s final, making it only a three women race right away.  As the trio worked their way around a left-hand turn midway through Kowalczyk was sitting in third, but slid to the ground and was not able to regain contact with the front, finishing third on the day.  Bjoergen blazed up the final climb to take the win entertaining the Norwegian crowd as she returned down the Drammen main street.

American Kikkan Randall had trouble with one of her skis during her semifinal heat, but did well enough today to celebrate tonight as she secured the overall sprint title for the season.

Results:

1) Marit Bjoergen (NOR)
2) Astrid Jacobsen (NOR)
3) Justyna Kowalczyk (POL)
4) Maiken Caspersen Falla (NOR)
5) Chandra Crawford (CAN)
6) Aurore Jean (FRA)
7) Anne Kylloenen (FIN)
8 ) Daria Gaiazova (CAN)
9) Mona-Lisa Malvalehto (FIN)
10) Nicole Fessel (GER)

NOTES:

Women’s Semifinals

Heat 1:

Marit Bjoergen (NOR) put the hammer down from the get go, bringing with her countrywomen Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen and Maiken Caspersen.  The three Norwegians broke clear format he rest of the group and all finished together.  Randall skied near the back of the pack early, but had some issues with her ski as she need to switch for another.  By the time that had happen she was out of contact with the rest.

Heat 2:

As one might expect Justyna Kowalczyk tried to break up the group early by going hard from the gun.  The only skier able to keep pace throughout the first half of the race was Canada’s Chandra Crawford.  By the end though Anne Kylloenen was able to catch back up, but was not overtake Crawford.   Kylloenen did manage a lucky loser position – the other from the first heat was Falla.

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