Jessie Diggins surged down the final stretch and the burst of speed did her right in the women’s 10-kilometer freestyle cross-country world cup race on Sunday in Falun, Sweden.
The two-time Olympian beat out Norway’s Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg by 0.5 seconds for the final spot on the podium, finishing in 25 minutes, 54.2 seconds. No one could top Norway’s Therese Johaug, however. She remains undefeated in distance races this season and claimed her 12th victory with a time of 25:23.9. Sweden’s Ebba Andersson finished second in front of the hometown crowd with a time of 25:42.4.
This was Diggins’ fifth podium finish of the season. She finished fourth in her last 10K freestyle final back in January in Ulricehamn, Sweden, and third at the Oberstdorf, Germany, 10K freestyle earlier that month.
Diggins is the top American and ranked sixth in the world in the FIS distance world cup standings. The Olympic gold medalist is also ranked fifth in the overall world cup standings.
Racing now returns to North America to end the season. The world cup finals will be held March 22-24 in Quebec City.
Diggins and Kikkan Randall partnered to win the United States’ historic first Olympic gold medal in cross-country with their team sprint victory at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.