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Norway Collects Men's 4x10K Relay Gold

FIS Nordic World Ski Championships

Fri, Mar  2, 2007 - By US Ski Team

SAPPORO, Japan (March 2) - Petter Northug staged a breakaway in the final half-kilometer Friday and lifted Norway to its fourth straight men's 4x10K mixed technique relay title at the 2007 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. Russia took the silver medal with Sweden finishing third. No U.S. team competed.

The three medalist nations controlled the action from the end of the second leg, the final classic technique leg, and were 20 seconds ahead going into the two freestyle technique legs. One second apart heading into the final 10 kilometers, Northug took Norway home in 1:30:49.2 with Russia second in 1:30.52.4 and Sweden earning bronze with a time of 1:30.52.7

The U.S. Ski Team opted not to enter a team as the men prepare for the final race, Sunday's 50K CL.

Sapporo, JPN - March 2, 2007
Men's 4x10K Mixed (2 CL+2 Fr) Relay
1. Norway (Roenning/Hjelmeset/Berger/Northug), 1:30.49.2
2. Russia (Pankratov/Rotchev/legkov/Dementiev), 1:30.52.4
3. Sweden (Larsson/M. Fredriksson/Hellner/Soedergren), 1:30.52.7
4. Germany, 1:31.39.7
5. France, 1:32.15.0
(No U.S. team raced)

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