Johaug denies Boergen another world title
VAL DI FIEMME, Italy -- Therese Johaug beat teammate Marit Bjoergen in the 10-kilometer individual freestyle Tuesday, preventing the Norwegian great from winning a third gold medal at the Nordic world championships.
Johaug won in 25 minutes, 23.4 seconds, beating Bjoergen by 10.2. Yulia Tchekaleva of Russia was third.
Bjoergen led at the halfway mark, but was only 0.7 seconds ahead as Johaug steadily increased her pace and built a 4.5 second lead after 6.8K.
Bjoergen, who won the individual sprint and the 15-kilometer pursuit skiathlon, was looking for her 11th world title. The silver is her 17th world championship medal.
Miriam Goessner of Germany just missed out on the podium by 0.5 seconds. Elizabeth Stephen of the United States was fifth.
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