In a dominant display, the Norwegian led from the off and quickly opened up a gap from the chasing pack, eventually prevailing in 36:54.5 on the Seefeld snow.

'Staggering!' - Therese Johaug dominates to win 15km Skiathlon

It was enough for a comfortable 57.6s advantage over compatriot Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg, who held off Natalia Nepryaeva in a dramatic battle for silver, the Russian finishing just 1.1s behind the Norwegian.
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The result comes after Johaug missed the 2017 Worlds whilst serving the doping ban that also ruled her out of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, with the 30-year-old looking to add to her tally as the Championships continue with the team sprint event on Sunday.
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