Russia one second away from 30-kilometer pursuit medal
Cross country skier Marcus Hellner of Sweden was the fastest in the men's 30-kilometer pursuit, while Russia’s Aleksandr Legkov finished one second away from the bronze medal, behind another Swede, Johan Olsson.
Silver went to Todias Angerer from Germany, in a race consisting of 15 kilometers of classic and 15 kilometers of free skiing.
Legkov was in 4th after the first classic part of the distance, while the lead was taken by Czech Luke Bauer. Swiss Dario Cologne, who has already won one gold in Vancouver, was second. Olsson came in third. Hellner completed the first 15 kilometers in 11th, 4.5 seconds behind the leader.
But when the athletes changed their skis, Olsson rushed forward. He need just one kilometer to create a 10-second gap between himself and the peloton, and kept increasing the tempo. The gap soon reached 26 seconds.
At this point, Legkov ignored the advice of his coaches, who wanted him to sit back, and began chasing the Swede.
The Russian managed to win back 20 seconds, making the rest of skiers follow him. So the fate of the race was decided on the home stretch.
And it was Hellner who appeared to have saved more strength, though Angerer was right there behind him, while Legkov was never able to overtake Olsson, crossing the finish line 1.2 seconds after him.
“The mood is terrible. Fourth place! But I did all I could. I was preparing for a whole week. I though I recovered at last, but when I woke up in the morning I had a nasal cold again,” Legkov told Rossiya 2.
“Finishing is not my strongest side; I am better on the race track,” he explained.
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Silver went to Polish Adam Malysz, and bronze to Gregor Schlierenzauer of Austria. None of the Russians qualified for the final, with the best of them, Denis Kornilov, finishing 35th.
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Silver went to Slovenian Tina Maze, with bronze being taken by American Lindsey Vonn, who already triumphed in the downhill at these games.
Russia’s Elena Prosteva came in 24th, while her compatriot Lyaysan Rayanova was unable to finish.
Ohno becomes most decorated US Winter Olympian
A third place finish in the men’s 1,000 meter short track final has seen Apolo Anton Ohno becoming the most decorated American Winter Olympian, with seven Olympic medals to his name.
The American’s eyes were on the gold, but he was outplayed by the Korean duo of Lee Jung-Su and Lee Ho-Suk, who were first and second respectively.
Another short track medal on Day Nine of the Vancouver Games also went to Asia.
China's Zhou Yang triumphed in the women's 1,500 meter short-track, while teammate and favorite Wang Meng was disqualified.
South Korea's Lee Eun-Byul and Park Seung-Hi finished second and third respectively in the eight-woman final.
Davis fails in second Vancouver gold bid
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Tuitert won with the time of 1:45.57. Davis’s result was 1:46.10. Norway's Havard Bokko was third, with just a scant .03 second difference.