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Harvey eliminated in cross country sprint quarters

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2/11/2014 6:28:56 AM
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Canada's Alex Harvey was eliminated in the quarter-finals of the men's cross-country sprint at the Sochi Olympics on Tuesday, finishing fourth in his heat.

Harvey, Canada's best hope for a medal in the event, needed to finish in the top-two of his heat or post one of the two best times out of the rest of the competitors to advance. He finished the race with a time of 3:37.89.

Two Swedes posted the fastest times of the round in the third heat. Emil Joensson finished in 3:33.20 and teammate Teodor Peterson was right behind him with a time of 3:33.62.

On the women's side two Canadians advanced to the quarter-finals, but couldn't get through their heats. Daria Gaiazova of Banff, Alta., finished fifth in the second grouping, and Perianne Jones of Almonte, Ont., placed fifth in the final heat.

Norway's Maiken Casperson Falla looks poised for a run at the gold, advancing in the first heat with the fastest time of the quarters, finishing at 2:33.23. She also had the fastest time in the qualifying round.

U.S. skier Kikkan Randall, who was gunning to become the first American to win gold in cross country, made a surprising exit in the quarters after finishing fourth in the deepest heat of the round, which also sported top medal threats Denise Herrmann of Germany and Norway's Marit Bjoergen, both of whom advanced.

Canadian Chandra Crawford, the 2006 Olympic champion in the event, finished out of the top 30 in the qualifying round and didn't advance to the quarter-finals, placing 44th. Teammate Heidi Widmer finished just ahead of Crawford in 43rd.

Alex Harvey (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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