Sweden’s Frida Karlsson claimed the first ever individual podium finish and win of her career on the International Ski Federation (FIS) Cross-Country World Cup tour in Oslo today as Norway’s Therese Johaug clinched the overall title with a second place finish in the women’s 30 kilometres Classic Mass Start event.
Karlsson, 20, came out on top in Norway’s capital with a time of 1 hour 22min 19.1sec.
She triumphed by a margin of 1.2 seconds over Johaug, who now has an unassailable 811 point lead at the top of the World Cup standings on 2,508.
Sweden’s Ebba Andersson finished 20.9 seconds off the pace in third.
It concludes a memorable week for her after winning the under-23 10km Classic and 15km Mass Start Freestyle events at the ongoing FIS Nordic Junior and Under-23 Cross-Country World Ski Championships in German town Oberwiesenthal.
Entering the final lap, Karlsson and Andersson were 34 seconds behind Johaug.
The gap gradually became smaller until Karlsson – who had set off from Andersson - caught up with Johaug when entering the stadium before heading towards the finish line.
Karlsson ultimately prevailed but only in the final few metres.
The event had to be held on a 6.2km course and as a precaution due to the coronavirus outbreak, local authorities did not allow any spectators into the stadium site.
Norway’s Heidi Weng, who ranked 17th today, is second in the World Cup standings with 1,697 points.
Russia’s Natalia Nepryaeva, today’s fifth-place finisher behind Sweden’s Charlotte Kalla, is third with 1,356 points.
Action in Oslo is due to conclude tomorrow with the men’s 50km Classic Mass Start event.