Swee­den’s Kalla wins first gold of 2018 Win­ter Olympics

Sunday Trust - - FEVER PITCH -

Swe­den’s Char­lotte Kalla has won the women’s skiathlon to se­cure the first gold medal of Pyeongchang 2018. The 30-year-old beat de­fend­ing cham­pion Marit Bjo­er­gen by 7.8 se­conds.

Kalla won in 40 min­utes 44.9 se­conds to claim her third Olympic gold, while Fin­land’s Krista Par­makoski was third.

“I was quite ner­vous to­day and the Olympics is some­thing I have fo­cused on for a long, long time,” said Kalla.

“It has felt great dur­ing the sea­son but I know ev­ery­one wants to be in shape at the Olympics. It was re­ally ex­cit­ing and fun to com­pete.”

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