OSLO, Norway (AP) — Norway's Therese Johaug won a women's 30-kilometer mass start freestyle World Cup race before a delirious home crowd on Sunday.
Johaug, 24, finished in a time of 1 hour, 21 minutes and 17.7 seconds in a dominating performance. The home favorite pushed her leading margin from 27 seconds to 48 seconds between the 10k and 12k marks, and then to 1:32 after 24 kilometers.
Runnerup and World Cup champion Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland later closed the gap to finish second, 46.6 seconds behind. Yulia Tshekaleva of Russia was third, 51.9 seconds behind. The result has no bearing on the World Cup standings after Kowalczyk already clinched the title. The Polish skier has 1,858 points, with Johaug second on 1,197.