Bjoergen golden after Majdic hurt

Updated: February 17, 2010, 8:16 PM ET
Associated Press

WHISTLER, British Columbia -- Marit Bjoergen of Norway finally earned her first Olympic gold by winning the women's individual cross-country sprint at the Vancouver Games.

Bjoergen pulled away from Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland and Petra Majdic of Slovenia in a frantic finish to cross the line in 3 minutes, 39.2 seconds. Kowalczyk won the silver medal, and Majdic took bronze.

Majdic was the pre-race favorite but skied in severe pain after injuring her ribs in training crash earlier Wednesday.

Bjoergen took bronze in the 10-kilometer race Monday and had two silver medals from previous Olympics.

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