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Sweden bounces Norway in women’s cross-country relay

Charlotte Kalla erased a 25-second deficit on the final leg and won a three-way sprint at the end to give Sweden the Olympic gold in the women’s 4x5-kilometer cross-country relay Saturday, leaving Norway off the podium.

Kalla was far behind Finland’s Krista Lahteenmaki and Germany’s Denise Herrmann after the final exchange but gradually erased the deficit and caught up to the two leaders going into the stadium.

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On the final straight, the Swede overtook both and beat Lahteenmaki by 0.5 seconds. Herrmann and Germany settled for bronze.

Defending champion Norway entered the race as the huge favorite but lost a women’s relay for the first time since 2009.

Four-time gold medalist Marit Bjoergen couldn’t eat into her 33-second deficit on the anchor leg as Norway finished fifth.

Short-track skating

Women’s 1,500 final — Zhou Yang of China won the women’s 1,500-meter short track gold medal, defending the Olympic title that she won four years ago.

Zhou overcame a false start to win at the Iceberg Skating Palace. Shim Suk-hee of South Korea earned the silver. Arianna Fontana of Italy took the bronze, earning her second short track medal of these games. Fontana won silver in the 500.

Men’s 1,000 final — Viktor Ahn of Russia won the gold medal in men’s 1,000 short track, with teammate Vladimir Grigorev taking the silver.

Sjinkie Knegt of the Netherlands claimed the bronze.

Emily Scott of Springfield, Mo., was fifth after advancing to the final when South Korea’s Cho Ha-ri was disqualified. The referees ruled Cho shoved Scott as she tried an outside pass in the turn.


Women — Canada became the first team to qualify for the semifinals in women’s curling by beating Russia, 5-3, to stay undefeated after seven games.

Jennifer Jones’s rink earlier rallied to beat Japan, 8-6, and will be the No. 1 seed in the playoffs.

Sweden scored two points in the final end on a measurement to beat the United States, 7-6, and lie in second place at 5-2.

Men — China and Sweden earned convincing wins to move into a two-way tie for the lead and guarantee at least a tiebreaker for a spot in the semifinals.

The Chinese silenced the home crowd early in a 9-6 victory over Russia to maintain their sparkling form this week, and Sweden needed only nine ends to beat Germany, 8-4. Both winning teams are 6-1.

Ski jumping

Men’s large hill — A trial round scheduled ahead of the gold medal final in large hill ski jumping was canceled because of gusty, fluctuating winds.

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