Johaug wins WCup skiathlon pursuit race in Finland



LAHTI, Finland (AP) — Therese Johaug led a Norwegian sweep in the women’s skiathlon pursuit race at a cross-country World Cup event in Lahti on Saturday, pulling away early from the main pack and maintaining the gap until the end.

Johaug finished the 15-kilometer race, which features a classical and a freestyle portion, in 36 minutes, 52.6 seconds.

Fellow countrywomen Marit Bjoergen and Heidi Weng were second and third, respectively. Bjoergen finished 10.2 seconds back in second place to overtake Poland’s Justyna Kowalczyk for the lead in the overall World Cup standings. Weng earned her first individual podium finish by coming in 1.1 seconds behind Bjoergen.

Kowalczyk was eighth.