PyeongChang, Feb 17 (IANS) Norway’s cross-country skiing legend Marit Bjoergen won her record-equalling 13th medal at Winter Olympic Games following her country’s victory in women’s 4X5km relay at the PyeongChang Games here on Saturday.
Norway, teamed up by Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg, Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen, Ragnhild Haga and Bjoergen, finished the race in 51 minutes and 24.3 seconds, handing the 37-year-old Bjoergen her seventh gold medal, a record for a woman at the Winter Olympics, reports Xinhua news agency.
Bjoergen has now won 13 medals, equalling fellow countryman and biathlete Ole Einar Bjoerndalen for a record total among men and women at the Winter Olympic Games.
“The other girls did give me a good position, but it’s a new position for me. In the last year I have been going there in front by myself but I had to try and push hard all the way and I knew I could do it if I had a good day,” said Bjoergen, who started her final leg in third place.
Bjoergen first competed in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.
This was Norway’s 10th medal in cross-country skiing at the PyeongChang 2018. It has won at least 10 medals in this sport for the third time, following 11 in 2002 and 2014.
This was also the 125th gold medal at the Winter Games in all sports for Norway, the first National Olympic Committee reaching this mark.
Sweden took away the silver medal, two seconds behind Norway. The bronze went to Olympic Athlete from Russia in 52:07.6.