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Oestberg seals overall World Cup glory as Nilsson completes Canada hat-trick

Oestberg seals overall World Cup glory as Nilsson completes Canada hat-trick

24/03/2019 at 13:32Updated 24/03/2019 at 15:24

Norway’s Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg sealed the overall cross-country skiing World Cup Crystal Globe on Sunday as Stina Nilsson won the Pursuit title in Quebec.

Oestberg came into the weekend of the World Cup Final in a commanding position after a strong performance in the Mass Start.

She was never able to truly trouble Nilsson but she did more than enough for a podium finish that saw her win the overall title, the first of her career.

Video - Nilsson wins Pursuit as Oestberg takes overall title

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"This year I managed to fight for it and the last few races have been tough physically and mentally during the fight with Natalia Nepryaeva and today when I managed to finish on the podium in the tour and can say I'm the winner of the overall World Cup is an unbelievable feeling."

Video - World Cup champion Oestberg - It's an 'unbelievable' feeling

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Her performance caps off a brilliant end to the season for Sweden, with the country having seven of the top 15 finishers in the Pursuit.

Nilsson said: "I expected them to catch with me quite fast but when they didn't I thought 'okay let's keep going at my speed'.

Video - Nilsson delighted to be able to enjoy final stages of race

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Therese Johaug, the overall Distance champion, pushed hard to catch Nilsson but was unable to keep up.

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