03/18/2012 12:13 EDT | Updated 05/18/2012 05:12 EDT

Canada's Kershaw nabs x-country silver

Canada's Devon Kershaw finished with a silver medal after the men's 15-kilometre pursuit on Sunday in Falun, Sweden in the last race of the World Cup finals.

Fellow countryman Alex Harvey had the second-fastest time of the day (39:03.1) to cap a fine season and secure sixth place in the overall standings with 974 points.

The Quebec native clocked a total time of 39:03.1 in the 15-km pursuit, while Kershaw of Sudbury, Ont., finished the race in 10th with a time of 39:37.2

"I crossed the line and thought 'Thank God it is done,' but I was also so proud right away of our entire team," said Kershaw. "This last month I had a lot of nervous energy, but finishing second at the World Cup finals was another huge goal this year.

"That is about as good as it gets."

Triple Olympic champion Marit Bjoergen won the World Cup finals on the women's side on Sunday, securing the third overall title of her career in the process. Bjoergen edged out her only remaining rival, Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland, during the 10-kilometre pursuit race.

With the win, Bjoergen, overall champion in 2005 and 2006, put an end to Kowalczyk's reign in the World Cup. The Pole had won the overall title for the last three seasons.

Chandra Crawford, of Banff, Alta., finished 37th on Sunday to take No. 31 in the overall standings at 1:15:40.1 while Daria Gaiazova, of Banff, Alta., was 43rd to claim 41st overall (1:17:27.5).

Kershaw's overall time from the four events, which began with the Royal Palace Sprint in Stockholm's Old Town on Wednesday, was 1:32:56.9.

"To be second in the overall is crazy awesome and I'm just so proud and happy of what we accomplished as an entire team," said Kershaw. "I'm not sure how many skiers — cross-country or alpine — have ever been second overall in history.

"But it is not perfection. My dream is to have one Canadian men's skier on the Olympic podium. I don't care who it is. I just want it to happen.

"I know I have to take one month off, but I'm so motivated to get training again and get going again next year to keep building on this."

Kershaw had already clinched second overall in the World Cup cross-country circuit (1,466 points) on Saturday by placing fifth in the men's 15-km classic mass start race.

His overall placement is the highest finish ever by a Canadian male, and matches the efforts of Beckie Scott on the women's side in 2006.

Overall World Cup champion Dario Cologna won the World Cup, finishing 18th in the last of four events that make up the finals. Kershaw was 23.8 seconds behind Cologna, while Norway's Niklas Dyrhaug finished third, 40.5 behind the winner.

The last race was won by Petr Sedov of Russia.

Cologna finished in a combined time of one hour 32 minutes and 33.1 seconds for the four events.