Sweden\'s Charlotte Kalla wins first gold medal of the Winter Olympics

Sweden's Charlotte Kalla wins first gold medal of the Winter Olympics

She secured victory in the women's 7.5km + 7.5km skiathlon.

Sochi Games champion Marit Bjoergen of Norway took the silver 7.8 seconds behind and Krista Parmakoski of Finland won the bronze.

Kalla made her break midway through the last of the four laps, leaving Bjoergen to battle Parmakoski and Swede Ebba Andersson for the podium places.

It was the third Olympic gold medal for the 30-year-old Kalla, who won the 10km freestyle at Vancouver in 2010 and followed that up with a win in the 4x5km relay in Sochi four years later.

Published: by Radio NewsHub
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