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Svartedal, Kuitunen win cross-country World Cup sprint events

Svartedal, Kuitunen win cross-country World Cup sprint events

Jens Arne Svartedal of Norway won his second World Cup cross-country race of the season Sunday, holding off Vassili Rotchev of Russia on the final sprint.
Svartedal finished the 1.2-kilometer classical sprint final in 2 minutes, 57.5 seconds. Rotchev was 0.5 seconds behind, while Torin Koos took third, 0.9 back. U.S. teammate Andrew Newell was fourth.
Svartedal moved to seventh in the overall standings. Overall leader Tobias Angerer skipped the event.
Simen Oestensen and Emil Jonsson got their skis tangled up and finished in the last two spots.
In the women's race, Virpi Kuitunen of Finland won the 1-kilometer classical sprint in 2:43 to extend her overall lead. Astrid Jacobsen of Norway was second and Evgeniya Shapovalova of Russia took third.
Olympic Champion Lina Andersson of Sweden fell early in the race and finished fifth.
Kuitunen's ninth career World Cup title moved her to 1,097 points in the overall standings. Marit Bjoergen of Norway is second with 696 points.
The next World Cup event will be held in Davos, Switzerland, on Feb. 3.