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Marit Bjoergen praises Norway clean sweep in mass start

Norway skier Marit Bjoergen praises her country's clean sweep in the women's cross country 30km mass start event.

Norway skier Marit Bjoergen has praised her country's clean sweep in the women's cross country 30km mass start event.

The 33-year-old secured the competition's gold medal with a time of 1:11:05.2, while compatriots Therese Johaug and Kristin Stoermer Steira took silver and bronze respectively.

"It's incredible. We're all Norwegian and we're all on the podium," Bjoergen told reporters. "This has been a goal for me for a long time. I thought the 30K would be hard but I've felt very good in the last days.

"I knew that I am stronger than [Johaug and Steira] in the sprints, so I was waiting for them to attack on the last climb. Therese upped her speed and I just followed her, then I passed her."

The result makes Bjoergen one of the most decorated female Winter Olympians of all time, with a haul of 10 medals, six of them gold.

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