Norway swept the World Championships in cross-country skiing as expected, ending up with 12 gold medals, 10 silver and five bronze when competition wound down on Sunday. Norwegian Pål Golberg even beat favoured Norwegian Johannes Høsflot Klæbo in the last major event on Sunday, after skiing 50 kilometers (30 miles) in just two hours, one minute and 30.2 seconds.
“It’s incredible, a day I’ve dreamed about,” Golberg told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) when it was all over. Klæbo was disappointed but praised his teammate, joking that “he has an extra gear” that none of the others could beat. The race had appeared close until Golberg shifted into power drive at the end.
William Poromaa of Sweden won the bronze medal in Sunday’s final race, just behind Klæbo who won silver, a second behind Golberg. Sweden also did well at the World Championships in Planica, Slovenia, where Scandinavia dominated once again.