Sochi 2014: Sweden pip Finland to women's cross country relay gold

Charlotte Kalla and Sweden team

The Swedish women's team have won gold in the cross country relay for the first time since 1960.

Sweden finished half a second ahead of Finland in a time of 53 minutes 2.7 seconds. Germany took the bronze medal.

Defending champions Norway were cut adrift early on and even four-time gold medal-winner Marit Bjoergen could not bridge the gap. They finished in fifth.

A late burst from Charlotte Kalla saw the Swedes recover from third in the final metres of the 4 x 5,000 km relay.

The 26-year-old has already won two silver medals in Sochi, finishing behind her Norwegian rival Bjoergen in the 15k skiathlon.

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