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Posted on: Sunday, March 7, 2010

Skiing: Norway takes 1-2 finish in men's World Cup relay


Associated Press

LAHTI, Finland Norway dominated the World Cup relay races at the Lahti Ski Games on Sunday, finishing 1-2 in the men's race and winning the women's event.

Kristian Tettli Rennemo anchored Norway II to the men's win after winning a four-way sprint to finish in 1 hour, 27 minutes, 43.6 seconds. Tord Asle Gjerdalen was 0.2 seconds back for Norway I and Germany 0.5 seconds back in third after Tim Tscharnke beat Russia's Ilia Chernousov in a photo finish.

Norway II also included Simen Oestensen, Roger Djupvik and Sjur Roethe. World Cup leader Petter Northug and most other top skiers skipped the event to rest up after the Olympics.

Triple Olympic champion Marit Bjoergen had anchored Norway to a victory over Germany and Italy in a three-way sprint to win the women's relay earlier Sunday.