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Sweden's Hellner Powers To Cross-Country Pursuit Gold (21-Feb-10)

Snowseekers, Whistler Blackcomb, Feb 21, 2010 - From the team @ Snowseekers

Sweden's Marcus Hellner powered away from his rivals in the home stretch to claim gold in the gruelling men's cross-country 30km pursuit on Saturday. The victory was well deserved with compatriot Johan Olsson taking bronze and Germany's Tobias Angerer finishing with silver.

The 24-year-old Hellner crossed the line in one hour 15min 11.4sec after the two-legs of the course with Angerer at 2.1sec behind and Olsson, who led for the second half of the race, at 2.8sec back.

It was Sweden's second cross-country gold of the Games after Charlotte Kalla won the women's 10km freestyle.

Canada's George Grey finished in 8th place with teammates, Alex Harvey in 9th and Devon Kershaw in 16th. 

Neighbours battle for team success

Norway and Sweden will go head-to-head on Monday in both the men's and women's team sprints which could decide the cross-country kings and queens of Vancouver 2010. With four medals each so far from the Nordic events, the Scandinavian rivals will be battling for bragging rights with Norway starting out as favourites in the men's competition.

Reigning world champion Ola Vigen Hattestad has won every major title bar Olympic gold at senior level and the 27-year-old has a strong list of sprinters in the Norwegian team to choose as his partner. Petter Northug proved his ability as an all-rounder with a bronze in the classic sprint final last Wednesday and could well partner Hattestad. 

Norway, Russia and Sweden, who shared the medals in the team sprint at the 2006 Turin Games, all look to be back amongst the medals again. The team sprint is a tandem relay race, where teams of two each complete three loops using a freestyle technique

Not to be counted out

One team that could break the Norwegian-Swedish domination is Russia after Nikita Kriukov claimed gold and Alexander Panzhinskiy took bronze in the sprint.

In the women's event, Norway will also be the team to beat with Marit Bjoergen chasing her third gold of these Games. The 29-year-old has already won gold in the individual sprint, the 15km pursuit and a bronze in the 10km free.

Canada could challenge the European domination with Chandra Crawford, the shock Olympic champion in the individual sprint from Turin, and Sara Renner most likely to pair up.

Finland and Sweden also have plenty of pedigree in this event. The Finns have a roster of talented veterans, while Charlotte Kalla looks likely to figure for Sweden after her victory in the 10km freestyle.

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