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Nikita Kriukov wins gold medal in men's individual classic cross-country skiing


Russia's Nikita Kriukov edged countryman Alexander Panzhinskiy in a photo finish to win the gold medal in the men's individual classic cross-country sprint race.
    Kriukov's winning time was 3 minutes, 36.3 seconds. The bronze medal went to Norway's Petter Northug, who finished a whopping 9.2 seconds later.
    The Russians set a quick pace from the start, and it became a two-man race over the final third of the 1.6-kilometer competition.

-- Houston Mitchell in Vancouver

Photo: Nikita Kriukov, left,  of Russia and teammate Alexander Panzhinskiy cross the finish line. Credit: EPA/Patrick Seeger.


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