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Klaebo defends title after dramatic finish

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Norwegian skier Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo (R) crosses the finish line in the men's sprint finale on March 22, 2019 on the first day of the FIS cross-country world cup finals in Quebec City, Canada

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ByPete Sharland
24/03/2019 at 14:50 | Updated 24/03/2019 at 16:30

Norway’s Johannes Klaebo won his second cross-country skiing Crystal Globe on Sunday as he held off Alexander Bolshunov in a dramatic finish.

The 22-year-old came into the final race of the season in a good position after a fantastic victory in the Mass Start on Saturday.

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He began with a gap of more than 50 seconds between himself and Bolshunov, who had to win to have any chance of snatching the title.

However, Klaebo skied strongly, despite Bolshunov closing the gap, and he held off the Russian and local hero Alex Harvey in a dramatic finish.

Klaebo holds off Bolshunov to secure title


Victory seals a World Cup Final hat-trick for Klaebo and he defends his overall Crystal Globe from last season.

The Norwegian finished with a time of 29:05.4, 2.8 ahead of Harvey and 2.9 in front of Bolshunov.

His success caps a wonderful double for Norway after Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg won the women’s Crystal Globe earlier on Sunday.

After a silver on Saturday fan favourite Harvey bade farewell to his career with another second-placed finish to cap a fine end to his time on the tour.

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