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Marcus Hellner of Sweden wins gold in men's 30K cross-country pursuit

February 20, 2010 |  3:36 pm


Marcus Hellner of Sweden won the gold medal in the men's 30-kilometer cross-country pursuit at the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

Hellner completed the course in one hour, 15 minutes, 11.4 seconds.

Tobias Angerer of Germany finished 2.1 seconds behind for the silver medal, and Johan Olsson of Sweden took bronze, 2.8 back.

The highest American finisher was James Southam, who finished in 34th place, over five minutes behind the leader.

The race features a mass start with 15 kilometers of classical skiing before switching to freestyle for the second half.

-- Houston Mitchell in Vancouver, Canada

Photo: Marcus Hellner is exultant after completing Saturday's race. Credit: Javier Soriano, AFP/Getty Images.