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Therese Johaug powered to victory to take the gold medal for Norway in the women's skiathlon race at the Beijing Olympics on Saturday, the first gold of the Games and the first individual Olympic gold of her glittering career.

Natalia Nepryaeva, representing the Russian Olympic Committee, took silver while Austria's Teresa Stadlober snagged the bronze medal. But the day belonged to Johaug as she obliterated the field after the switch from classic style to freestyle, eventually winning by a margin of 30.2 seconds.

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