But with her silver medal, Bjørgen still became the most decorated woman in Winter Olympics history.
And the victor of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics' first gold medal is.
On the 23rd winter Olympic games in Pyeongchang awarded the first medal.
"I am very happy to take a medal in my last Olympics and still to be there", Bjørgen said. "I am happy to be here at my age".
Bjørgen had previously been on 10 with Raisa Smetanina, whose tally of four gold, five silver and one bronze had been won between Innsbruck 1976 and Albertville representing the Soviet Union and Unified Team.
But while the 37-year-old Bjoergen, who won three gold medals at the 2010 Vancouver Games and three more in Sochi, proved she's still a dominant figure in the sport, she admitted there is a noticeable changing of the guard happening.
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Charlotte Kalla of Sweden won the 15km event. Third came Finland's Krista Parmakoski.
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"[It means] a lot", Kalla said of her victory.
Kalla has now equalled canoeist Agneta Andersson as the Swedish woman with the most Olympic gold medals, with three.
A few minutes later, over in the short-track arena, South Korea's Lim Hyo-jun won the first gold medal for the host nation, beating world record holder Knegt in a new Olympic record as he broke away from the field halfway through the race.