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Winter Olympics: Sweden take second x-country relay with men's win

Published on Feb 16, 2014 8:03 PM
 

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (REUTERS) - Sweden won their second Olympic cross-country relay gold medal in two days at the Sochi Winter Games on Sunday when they prevailed in the men's 4x10km event.

Russia, with President Vladimir Putin watching in the crowd, took silver and France, despite first-leg skier Jean-Marc Gaillard breaking one of his poles early on, claimed the bronze.

A day after Sweden clinched the women's 4x5km relay gold, the men's team took the early lead and never looked back, with Marcus Hellner holding his country's flag aloft as he crossed the finish line in 1hr 28min 42sec.

Norway disappointed again, finishing fourth.