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Sweden wins men's cross-country relay in Sochi

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Sweden completed a double in Olympic cross-country relays Sunday when its men’s team successfully defended its title in the 4-by-10-kilometer event.

A day after its women’s team earned a narrow come-from-behind victory, Swedish anchor Marcus Hellner skied alone for the entire fourth leg and grabbed a Swedish flag to wave as he entered the stadium and went leisurely down the final straight.

Russia took silver in front of President Vladimir Putin. France finishing third.

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Hellner started the fourth leg with a 14-second lead on Russia’s Maxim Vylegzhanin, and quickly extended the gap. Sweden won by 27.3 seconds.

It was another disappointing day for Norway, which had fallen a minute behind by the second exchange and ended up fourth, a day after its heavily-favored women surprisingly failed to get a medal.