Sweden’s Kalla wins first gold of Games

Sweden’s Charlotte Kalla won the women’s skiathlon to secure the first gold medal of Pyeongchang 2018.

The 30-year-old beat defending champion Marit Bjorgen by 7.8 seconds but the Norwegian still became the most decorated female Winter Olympian of all time.

Bjorgen’s silver means that the 37-year-old now has a total of 11 medals.

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

“I was quite nervous today and the Olympics is something I have focused on for a long, long time,” said Kalla.

“It has felt great during the season but I know everyone wants to be in shape at the Olympics. It was really exciting and fun to compete.

“On the finish line. I did not want to look back and just focussed on keeping pushing.”

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