Nordic ski WC: Bjoergen wins Norway's 5th Gold

In an impressive finish in the cross country sprint finale on Wednesday, Marit Bjoergen won Norway's 5th gold medal of the Nordic Ski World Championship in Val di Fiemme. In the men's sprint race, Haavard Bjerkeli and Tor Arne Hetland won Norway silver and bronze. In an impressive finish in the cross country sprint finale, Marit Bjoergen won Norway's 5th gold medal of the Nordic Ski World Championship in Val di Fiemme on Wednesday. 'I chose a different tactic in the finale by trying to shake off the opponents in the first uphill. It was successful,' Bjoergen told NRK-TV after the win. The 22-year-old defeated Germany's Claudio Kunzel by 1.1 second, while Norway team-mate Hilde Gjermundshaug Pedersen, 38, won the bronze medal. Two-times gold medal winner Bente Skari dropped out of the sprint race shortly before start after suffering a set-back after a stomach flu. In the men's sprint race, Haavard Bjerkeli and Tor Arne Hetland won Norway silver and bronze respectively, finishing behind Sweden's youngster Thobias Fredriksson. Thomas Alsgaard and Trond Einar Elden failed to qualify for the sprint finale after the prologue. Lasse Loennebotn

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