Winter Olympics: Sweden’s Charlotte Kalla wins initial bullion award of Pyeongchang 2018

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Sweden’s Kalla wins initial bullion of a Games in skiathlon

Sweden’s Charlotte Kalla won a women’s skiathlon to secure a initial bullion award of Pyeongchang 2018.

The 30-year-old kick fortifying champion Marit Bjorgen by 7.8 seconds though a Norwegian still became a many flashy womanlike Winter Olympian of all time.

Bjorgen’s china means that a 37-year-old now has a sum of 11 medals.

Kalla won in 40 mins 44.9 seconds to explain her third Olympic gold, while Finland’s Krista Parmakoski was third.

“I was utterly shaken currently and a Olympics is something we have focused on for a long, prolonged time,” pronounced Kalla.

“On a finish line. we did not wish to demeanour behind and usually focused on gripping pushing.”

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Skiathlon is a mass start 15km cranky nation eventuality in that competitors have to barter techniques mid by a race.

There is a pit-stop median by a competition where athletes change skis and poles to go from classical to giveaway technique.

Kalla, Bjorgen and Norwegian Heidi Weng were on a lectern during Sochi 2014 and during a median indicate usually 3.3 seconds distant them in a tip four.

But Kalla had damaged transparent by a 12.5km symbol and, by 13.5km, she had non-stop adult an irrefutable lead of roughly 10 seconds.

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Charlotte Kalla won her third bullion and her sixth Olympic award overall

Bjorgen changed one award forward of associate cranky nation skiers Stefania Belmondo, from Italy, and Russian Raisa Smetanina.

She could transcend a altogether award record hold by compatriot Ole Einar Bjorndalen, who has won 13 medals, during a rest of a cross-country skiing events during Pyeongchang.

Parmakoski, 27, finished 10.1 seconds behind Kalla to explain her third Olympic award while Team GB’s Annika Taylor was final of a finishers in 60th position.

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