February 26, 2015

FALUN, Sweden (AP) Norway easily won the women's cross-country skiing relay on Thursday to give Marit Bjoergen her 14th career world championship title.

Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen decided the 4x5-kilometer race for Norway on the third leg, taking advantage of a fall by Swedish rival Maria Rydqvist to build a gap of 18 seconds before handing over to Bjoergen.

That was more than enough for the six-time Olympic champion, who had time to slow down to grab a Norwegian flag to wave on the final straight before finishing in 49 minutes, 4.7 seconds.

Sweden took silver after Stina Nilsson beat Krista Parmakoski in a sprint for second. Sweden was 29.2 seconds behind Norway, with Finland another 1.6 seconds back in third.

Heidi Weng and Therese Johaug skied the first two legs as Norway won its third straight world championship gold in the women's relay.

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