True to her form, Norway’s Marit Bjørgen capped off a successful 2012/2013 season with a definitive victory in the 10-kilometer freestyle pursuit on Sunday at World Cup Finals in Falun, Sweden.
Bjørgen began with a 1:20 head start on teammate Therese Johaug, who started second after Poland’s Justyna Kowalczyk decided to skip the last race. Despite Johaug’s relentless charge, fueled by a desire to hold off Sweden’s Charlotte Kalla in third, Bjørgen finished first by 49.3 seconds in 26:39.6.
Johaug secured second, and after starting 6 seconds behind her in third, Kalla finished in the same position, 22.4 seconds after Johaug and 1:11.7 behind Bjørgen.
Norway’s Heidi Weng sprinted to the line for the second-straight day, beating Kerttu Niskanen of Finland for fourth by 0.3 seconds. Another Norwegian, Astrid Jacobsen placed sixth, and Kikkan Randall was seventh to become the first American woman to make the overall World Cup podium in third.
The U.S. put four in the top 30 with Liz Stephen in 16th, Jessie Diggins in 26th and Holly Brooks in 27th. Ida Sargent was just outside in 37th and Rosie Brennan (APU) placed 43rd. Canada’s lone racer, Emily Nishikawa finished 46th.