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Neumannova wins 10km freestyle World Cup in Kuusamo, Finland


Neumannova wins 10km freestyle World Cup in Kuusamo, Finland{mosimage}Katerina Neumannova of the Czech Republic won a 10-kilometer freestyle cross-country race Friday in a World Cup competition in Kuusamo, Finland. Neumannova finished in 26 minutes, 58.1 seconds. She was followed by Estonia’s Kristina Smigun (26:59.4) and Russia’s Natalia Baranova-Masolkina (27:05.9).

Norway’s Marit Bjorgen — winner of season’s first two races, a sprint and 10K classic — finished fourth. Bjorgen holds the World Cup lead after three races with 250 points. Smigun is next at 160, with Neumannova at 145. Friday’s other World Cup event, the season’s ski jumping opener, was postponed until Sunday. -The Associated Press

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