Norway wins 4x5K relay at Nordic Worlds


VAL DI FIEMME, Italy (AP) -- Cross-country great Marit Bjoergen anchored Norway to its second straight 4x5-kilometer relay title, winning her 11th world championship.

Bjoergen, Kristin Stoermer Steira, Therese Johaug and Heidi Weng finished in 1 hour, 36.5 seconds, beating the Swedish team of Ida Ingemarsdotter, Emma Wiken, Anna Haag and Charlotte Kalla by 26.2 seconds.

Bjoergen even had time to grab a Norway flag from the crowd as she skied down the final straight.

A great final leg from Yulia Tchekaleva -- who won bronze in Tuesday's individual 10K -- enabled Russia to finish third, 45.8 seconds behind Norway.

Bjoergen, a three-time Olympic champion, is only three victories away from Yelena Valbe's record of 14 world championship wins.

The Norwegian quartet had picked up six individual medals among them.