Posted: Feb 15, 2014 4:07 AM
Updated: Feb 15, 2014 4:07 AM
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) Charlotte Kalla erased a 25-second deficit on the final leg and won a three-way sprint at the end to give Sweden the Olympic gold in the women's 4x5-kilometer cross-country relay, leaving Norway off the podium.
Kalla was far behind Finland's Krista Lahteenmaki and Germany's Denise Herrmann after the final exchange but gradually erased the deficit and caught up to the two leaders going into the stadium.
On the final straight, the Swede overtook both and beat Lahteenmaki by 0.5 seconds. Herrmann and Germany settled for bronze.
Defending champion Norway entered the race as the huge favorite but lost a women's relay for the first time since 2009. Four-time gold medalist Marit Bjoergen couldn't eat into her 33-second deficit on the anchor leg as Norway finished fifth.