The three-time Olympic champion from Beijing edged Sweden's Jonna Sundling and American Jessie Diggins by more than 35 seconds for the last individual start of her career, before possibly taking part in one of the relays that closes the Ski World Cup background sunday.

Johaug therefore retires at the age of 33 with 82 victories on the world circuit, four Olympic titles and fourteen world titles, for one of the best records in the history of the bottom.

The Norwegian also won this season the small globe of "distance" races, the general classification going to the Russian Natalia Nepryaeva, deprived of ski competition like all her compatriots since the Russian invasion in Ukraine.

Norwegian Johannes Klaebo won the big men's globe without running the last weekend of competition in Falun, contaminated by Covid-19.

On Saturday, his compatriot Didrik Toenseth won the 15 km skate ahead of local Calle Halfvarsson and another Norwegian, Harald Oestberg Amundsen.

Clément Parisse took 8th place in the men's race, Delphine Claudel 10th in the women's race.

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