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Sweden wins gold in cross-country skiing relay

February 24, 2010 |  1:55 pm

Sweden won the gold medal in men's cross-country skiing relay after Marcus Hellner pulled away on the last leg for his second gold medal of the Olympics.

Sweden finished the 4x10-kilometer race in 1 hour 45 minutes 5.4 seconds.

Norway won the silver in 1:45:21.3. The bronze went to the Czech Republic (1:45:21.9).

The United States finished 13th in 1:51:27.7. Competing for the United States were Andrew Newell (Shaftsbury, Vt.), Torin Koos (Leavenworth, Wash.), Garrott Kuzzy (Minneapolis) and Simeon Hamilton (Aspen, Colo.).

-- Houston Mitchell in Vancouver, Canada

Photo: Sweden's Anders Soedergren, far left, Marcus Hellner, Johan Olsson and Daniel Richardsson celebrate following their gold medal in the men's 10-kilometer relay on Wednesday. Credit: Dmitry Lovetsky / Associated Press