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Bjoergen wins 30K classic for 12th world title

March 2, 2013

VAL DI FIEMME, Italy (AP) — Marit Bjoergen of Norway secured her 12th world title on Saturday by beating Justyna Kowalczyk in a sprint finish to win the 30-kilometer classical event at the Nordic skiing world championships.

Bjoergen, who won three Olympic golds in Vancouver and has dominated these championships as well, sped past Kowalczyk with 200 meters to go to win in 1 hour, 27 minutes, 19.9 seconds. Kowalczyk was 3.7 seconds behind.

Therese Johaug was third, 8.7 second behind.

The trio skied alone for most of the race and their nearest competitor, Heidi Weng, finished 1:38.3 behind.

Bjoergen won her fourth gold medal in Val di Fiemme, putting her two victories away from matching Yelena Velbe’s record of 14 world championship titles.

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