Russian skiers grab gold in cross country team pursuit

Russia, led by Natalia Matveeva, won the team pursuit at the FIS Cross Country World Cup stop on Sunday morning. The victory came a day after Matveeva claimed an individual World Cup win in Italy.

Matveeva partnered with Yulia Belorukova and edged out Swedish skier Hanna Falk by 0.04 seconds. Falk teamed up with Ida Ingemarsdotter to take second place. Falk was third in Saturday’s sprint final while Ingemarsdotter was fifth.

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The Norweigian duo of Astrid Uhrenholdt and Maiken Caspersen Falla finished 0.11 seconds behind the Russians to grab third place.

Americans Sophie Caldwell and Kikkan Randall finished 10th. Both skiers advanced to the semifinals of the sprint event, but collided with each other. Randall placed 10th with Caldwell right behind her in 11th.

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