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Brink wins Vasaloppet ski marathon

Brink wins Vasaloppet ski marathon

Jorgen Brink of Sweden set a course record in winning the 56-mile Vasaloppet cross-country ski marathon Sunday, as charity racer Pippa Middleton reached the halfway mark.
It was Brink's third consecutive win in the race. He clocked 3 hours, 38.41 minutes, beating Stanislav Rezac of the Czech Republic in second place and Sweden's Daniel Rickardsson in third.
Vibeke Skofterud of Norway won the women's race in 3:42.32, ahead of Laila Kveli of Norway and Seraina Boner of Switzerland.
Meanwhile, the sister of the Duchess of Cambridge _ the former Kate Middleton _ was in 393d place after covering the first 47 kilometers (29.2 miles) of the traditional Swedish cross-country marathon in three hours and 49.42 minutes.
Pippa and her brother James are competing in the Vasaloppet race in ideal, sunny condition, alongside 15,800 competitors to raise money for the children's charity Magic Breakfast.
The competition is one of the world's oldest cross-country races and is based on Gustav Vasa's attempt to gather peasants for a revolt against occupying Danes in 1522. Vasa fled after failing to gain support, but the Mora locals changed their minds and sent their best skiers to bring him back.
It stretches from the village of Salen near the Norwegian border to the central town of Mora.


Updated : 2020-12-02 17:21 GMT+08:00