Olympics-Cross country skiing-Sweden's Kalla wins first Pyeongchang gold

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Charlotte Kalla of Sweden topped the podium in the women's 15K skiathlon to claim the first gold of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Kalla won the 15-kilometer skiathlon final held at the Alpensia Cross-Country Center in PyeongChang on Saturday afternoon with a time of 40 minutes 44-point-nine seconds.

Norway's Marit Bjørgen took silver, 7.8 seconds back, to become the most decorated female winter Olympian of all time while Finland's Krista Parmakoski clinched bronze, 10.1 seconds behind the victor. There are a record 102 gold medals up for grabs at this year's Winter Olympics, with some 2,920 athletes from 92 countries competing at its events.

Bjoergen captured her 11th career medal, breaking a three-way tie with Raisa Smetanina of Russian Federation and Stefania Belmondo of Italy.

American Jessie Diggins, who was with the leaders for most of the race, finished in fifth place.

Norway's Marit Bjoergen took second place with a time of 40:52.7.

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The Norwegians have now tied Russian Federation for the most medals all time in women's cross-country skiing with 37.

Laura Dahlmeier of Germany, who startled the biathlon world by winning five of six gold medals at last year's world championships, has started one-for-one at the Olympics, winning the sprint event.Dahlmeier, 24, did not miss a shot, the only one of the top finishers to shoot clean.

"I have been very good for many years", Bjoergen said, "but I'm also getting older and the younger girls are getting better".

Bjoergen got caught behind another skier and said she couldn't follow her.

Kalla's teammate, Ebba Andersson, barely missed a medal by finishing fourth.


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