Norway's Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo and Marit Bjoergen won the respective men's and women's pursuit races as the International Ski Federation (FIS) Cross-Country World Cup season came to an end in Québec City in Canada today.
Fresh from claiming his first World Cup distance race win yesterday in the men’s 15 kilometres mass start event, Klaebo took victory in the men’s 15km pursuit by virtue of a photo finish over home favourite Alex Harvey.
Both competitors clocked a time of 32min 44.5sec, which was just 0.1 seconds faster than Norway’s Niklas Dyrhaug in third.
"I lunged with everything I had," Harvey told The Canadian Press.
"I knew I was going to be second or first."
Victory for Klaebo, who became the youngest-ever winner of the men's sprint crystal globe on Friday (March 17), ensured he topped the World Cup Finals' mini-tour standings.
Harvey finished third in the overall World Cup standings with 1,128 points, 498 less than winner Martin Johnsrud Sundby of Norway.
Sundby and Russia’s Sergey Ustiugov, second in the final standings with 1,176 points, skipped the meet.
The overall World Cup distance standings were topped by Sundby with 1,056 points, followed by Harvey with 588 and Finland’s Matti Heikkinen with 555.
Bjoergen triumphed in today’s women’s 10km pursuit event with a time of 22:36.1, beating fellow Norwegian Heidi Weng by 1.2 seconds.
It follows her women’s 10km mass start win yesterday, when Weng was again the runner-up.
Sweden’s Stina Nilsson rounded out today’s podium, finishing exactly one minute off the pace.
Weng was awarded the crystal globe as the overall World Cup champion with 2,032 points.
Finland’s Krista Parmakoski was her nearest challenger with 1,618 points, while Norway’s Ingvild Flugstad Østberg came third with 1,517.
The final overall World Cup distance standings see Weng finish first with 951 points, Bjoergen take second with 854 and Parmakoski end up third with 807.