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Russia sweeps men's 50K cross-country race; Harvey 19th

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The Canadian Press
2/23/2014 4:23:31 AM
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KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- Alexander Legkov led a Russian sweep of the men's 50-kilometre cross-country race Sunday, giving the host nation its first gold medal in the sport at the Sochi Olympics.

Legkov won a four-way sprint to the finish at the end of the freestyle mass-start race, pulling away from teammates Maxim Vylegzhanin and Ilia Chernousov on the final straight.

On a perfect final day for the hosts, Vylegzhanin was second after beating Chernousov in a photo finish, 0.7 seconds behind Legkov.

Martin Johnsrud Sundby of Norway was fourth, one second behind the winner.

Alex Harvey of St-Ferreol-les-Neiges, Que., was the top Canadian, finishing in 19th place in one hour 47 minutes 40.9 seconds. Ivan Babikov of Canmore, Alta., was directly behind him, completing the race in 1:47:41.8.

Graeme Killick of Fort McMurray, Alta., was 28th in 1:48:22.4, while Jesse Cockney, also from Canmore, was 56th in 1:59:16.6.

Alexander Legkov Maxim Vylegzhanin (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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