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Italy wins team sprint gold at Nordic worlds

Italy wins team sprint gold at Nordic worlds

Cristian Zorzi edged Russia's Vassili Rotchev in a photo finish Friday as Italy took the men's team sprint gold medal at the Nordic World Ski Championships.
Russia took the lead just before the last changeover, but Zorzi completed a strong final lap to give Italy its first medal of the meet. The Czech Republic finished third.
Tor Arne Hetland crashed out midway through the final and favorite Norway finished a disappointing seventh. Olympic gold medalist Sweden failed to qualify for the final.
The Italian team of Zorzi and Renato Pasini finished with a time of 17 minutes, 50.6 seconds.
In the women's team sprint, World Cup leader Virpi Kuitunen and Liisa Riitta Roponen of Finland captured the gold medal with a winning time of 16:20.9.
The German team of Evi Sachenbacher Stehle and Claudia Kuenzel-Nystad took silver.
Defending champions Norway, comprising individual sprint gold medalist Astrid Jacobsen and defending World Cup sprint champion Marit Bjorgen, finished over three seconds back in third place.
In the Nordic combined sprint event, Japan's Daito Takahashi suffered a horrendous spill when his left ski became elevated during his jump on the large hill.
Takahashi was taken to a nearby hospital and was diagnosed with a broken left shoulder.
Germany's Bjorn Kircheisen took a 16-second lead into the cross-country portion of the event after nailing the longest jump of 134 meters.
The 2007 championships mark the first time the meet is being held as an independent event in Asia. In 1972, when the Olympic Winter Games were held in Sapporo, they doubled as the FIS World Ski Championships.
The competition will continue Saturday with the cross-country 15-kilometer pursuit and ski jumping events.


Updated : 2021-10-21 20:03 GMT+08:00