Johaug wins 30km while Austria complete sweeping of ski jump

13:42, March 06, 2011      

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Norwegian Therese Johaug won the 30 kilometers freestyle cross-country skiing world title for her first individual world crown on Saturday.

In doing so she deprived second-placed compatriot Marit Bjoergen of her fifth triumph at the championships.

Poland's overall World Cup leader Justyna Kowalczyk took the bronze medal.

Johaug, 22 and Olympic and world champion in the 4x5km relay, came home 44 seconds clear of Bjoergen, who was dreaming of emulating Russian great Elena Valbe, who won five titles at the 1997 world championships.

Bjoergen said Johaug deserved to win.

"I didn't have a chance today because Therese was so brilliant. Her performance left no room for doubts - she really earned her gold medal with her race," she said.

Austria made it five gold medals out of five in ski jumping at the Nordic ski world championships in Oslo when they took the large hill team event on Saturday.

The Austrian ski-jumper completed a clean sweeping of all five golds at stake at the world championships after they won the large hill event on Saturday.

The team around individual gold medal winners Thomas Morgenstern and Gregor Schlierenzauer proved too strong for the rest of the field as they won with 500 points from Norway, who had 456.4 points.

Slovenia took the bronze medal with 452.6 points.

Source: Xinhua
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