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Bjoergen defends another title to win skiathlon

February 23, 2013

VAL DI FIEMME, Italy (AP) — Marit Bjoergen successfully defended another title at the Nordic skiing world championships, winning the 15-kilometer pursuit skiathlon on Saturday.

Bjoergen sped clear of Therese Johaug coming into the stadium to cross the line in 39 minutes, 4.4 seconds. Johaug was 3.4 seconds back to take silver, while Heidi Weng beat Kristin Stoermer Steira in a sprint for the bronze medal.

The 32-year-old Bjoergen, a three-time Olympic champion, won her third individual sprint world title on Thursday. This was her 10th world title overall.

Switzerland’s Dario Cologna won the men’s 30-kilometer pursuit skiathlon, edging out Norwegians Martin Johnsrud Sundby and Sjur Roethe.

Cologna, who leads the overall World Cup standings, won in 1 hour, 13 minutes and 19.3 seconds, beating Sundby by 1.8 seconds. Roethe was 2.0 seconds behind the winner.

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