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Germany and Norway win men's and women's World Cup relays in Beitostolen

Germany and Norway win men’s and women’s World Cup relays in Beitostolen{mosimage}BEITOSTOLEN, Norway — Germany won the men’s race and Norway triumphed in the women’s relay at a World Cup cross-country ski meet on Sunday, Nov. 20.

The relays came a day after individual race wins by Marit Bjoergen and Tor Arne Hetland.

The German quartet covered the 4×10-kilometer mixed-style relay in 1 hour, 31 minutes, 37.5 seconds. France was 4.3 seconds behind in second place and Norway 4.7 seconds back in third.

Andreas Schlutter and Axel Teichmann, last year’s individual World Cup overall champion, skied the first two classic-style legs for the Germans. Jens Filbrich and Tobias Angerer skied the last two freestyle legs.

Angerer made his move late on the last leg with the decisive advantage coming in the final straightaway.

Norway’s team of Ella Gjomle, Vibeke Skofterud, Hilde G. Pedersen and defending individual overall champion Marit Bjoergen clocked 54:28.2 in the 4 x 5 kilometer women’s event.

Germany was second, 9.2 seconds back, and Finland third, 14.2 seconds behind.

-The Associated Press


RESULTS:
Men
4 x 10 kilometers relay
Classic style and freestyle /b>

1. Germany (Andreas Schlutter, Axel Teichmann, Jens Filbrich, Tobias Angerer), 1 hour, 31 minutes, 37.5 seconds.

2. France (Alexandre Rousselet, Christophe Perrillat, Emmanuel Jonnier, Vincent Vittoz), 4.3 seconds behind.

3. Norway (Eldar Ronning, Jens Arne Svartedal, Tor Arne Hetland, Tore Ruud Hofstad), 4.7.

4. Russia, 5.6.

5. Norway II, 7.0

6. Italy, 7.8,

7. Czech Republic, 8.2.

8. Sweden, 17.8.

9. Switzerland, 18.7.

10. Finland, 21.3.

11. Estonia, 1:54.9.

12. Italy II, 1:55.3.

13. Norway III, 1:57.1.

14. Ukraine, 2:57.0.

15. Japan, 3:03.5.

16. Austria, 3:18.7.

17. Spain did not finish.

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Women
4 x 5 kilometers relay
Classic style, freestyle

1. Norway (Ella Gjomle, Vibeke Skofterud, Hilde G. Pedersen, Marit Bjorgen), 54:28.2.

2. Germany (Manuela Henkel, Stefanie Bohler, Claudia Kunzel, Evi Sachenbacher Stehle), 9.2 seconds behind.

3. Finland (Aino Kaisa Saarinen, Kirsi Valimaa, Riitta Liisa Lassila, Virpi Kuitunen), 14.2.

4. Russia II, 14.3.

5. Russia, 37.4.

6. Sweden, 1:36.35.

7. Italy, 1:49.7.

8. Czech Republic, 1:52.1.

9. Kazakhstan, 1:53.3.

10. Norway II, 1:58.6.

11. Switzerland, 1:59.6.

12. France, 2:01.5.

13. Japan, 2:37.2.

14. Belarus, 2:38.0.

15. Estonia, 2:39.7.

16. Norway III, 5:22.1.

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