Poland’s Kowalczyk wins 54 km cross-country ski marathon
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Poland’s Justyna Kowalczyk on Saturday won the 54-kilometre Birkebeinerrennet cross-country ski marathon in Norway.
Justyna Kowalczyk. Photo: Flickr.com/Piotr Drabik (CC BY 2.0)
Sweden’s Britta Johansson Norgren came second, finishing 4:14.9. behind Kowalczyk.
Japan’s Masako Ishida was third.
The marathon took place from Rena, a small town in eastern Norway, to the ski resort of Lillehammer.
The race has been held since 1932, and commemorates a journey made by knights to save the infant pretender to the Norwegian throne, Håkon Håkonsson, in 1206.
All competitors must carry a backpack weighing 3.5 kg, symbolizing the weight of the then-infant king.