Bjoergen claims Falun title

Eurosport - Sun, 21 Mar 17:02:00 2010

Marit Bjoergen claimed the final women's cross-country skiing World Cup race of the season with a 10km handicap victory in Falun.

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The Norwegian, who finished second behind Justyna Kowalczyk in the overall World Cup standings, celebrated her 30th birthday in style as she claimed her second win in 24 hours, mastering the driving snowing to cross the line in 31 minutes, 58 seconds.

Poland's Kowalczyk, who was assured the title before the final race, finished just over 51 seconds behind in second to break through the 2000 point barrier for the season, while Sweden's Charlotte Kalla was third.

Kowalczyk also wins the crystal globes for the distance and sprint disciplines, capping off a season which includes a Tour de Ski title and gold in the Olympic 30km.

Slovakia's Petra Majdic - who has been absent since early February due to injury - still claimed third spot in the overall standings ahead of Finland's Aino Kaisa Saarinen.

Meanwhile, the race saw the retirement of former World Cup and world champion, Finland 's Virpi Kuitunen.

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