WHISTLER, British Columbia — Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland has denied Marit Bjoergen a fourth gold medal of the Olympics, beating the Norwegian in a frantic final sprint to win the 30-kilometer classical cross-country race.
Kowalczyk and Bjoergen were side by side down the final straightaway Saturday before the Norwegian faltered at the end.
Kowalczyk finished in 1 hour, 30 minutes, 33.7 seconds for her first Olympic gold. Bjoergen was 0.3 seconds back to take the silver. Aino-Kaisa Saarinen of Finland won the bronze, 1 minute, 5 seconds back.