Oslo: Bjørgen wins first Championship Gold

Marit Bjørgen, NOR. Ariana Follis, ITA Petra Majdic, SLO. Photo: Stian Broch/Oslo 2011

Marit Bjørgen, NOR. Ariana Follis, ITA Petra Majdic, SLO. Photo: Stian Broch/Oslo 2011

Norway’s cross-country queen, Marit Bjørgen, captured the first gold medal of the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2011 in Oslo, when she won the women’s 1.3km freestyle sprint on Thursday.

It’s a fantastic start for me. I usually win the bronze in the opening race,” Bjørgen remarked.

This was Norway’s 100th Gold Medal in World Championship history. It was Bjørgen’s fifth World Championship gold of her career.

It was so much fun, I even got to win Norway’s 100thgold in WSC-history!” she said.

Bjørgen won ahead of Italy’s Arianna Follis and Slovenia’s Petra Majdich.

The men’s sprint was won by Sweden’s Marcus Hellner. Norway’s Petter Northug captured silver. Sweden’s Emil Jönson came third.

Source: Norway Post

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