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


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.

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hellner grabbed northug's pole at 1:11:11 in the cross country race . is that not cheating to coast on another's pole? it is quite clear on our nbc tv coverage . someone please let me know if this is legal. . he won the gold medal thanks , victor layman haystackmtn@msn.com


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