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Skiing: Norway Sweeps Inaugural Team Sprint Titles at  Nordic Championships

Norway has swept both the men's and women's inaugural team sprint titles at the Nordic World Championships in Oberstdorff, Germany. That brings its gold medal tally to five, more than double any other nation at the championships.

Tore Ruud Hofstad and Tor Anre Hetland earned the men's gold medal in the 6 x 1.2K freestyle race. They led nearly from the start, each completing three runs on the fast and technical sprint loop for an aggregate time of 14:08.6 minutes. That was 3.8 seconds faster than Germans Jens Filbrich and Axel Teichmann.

Czechs Dusan Kozisek and Martin Koukal earned bronze, finishing another second behind.

On the women's side, Norwegian veteran Hilde Pedersen and and Marit Bjorgen triumphed in their 6 x 9K race with a time of 12:19.7 minutes. Their margin of victory was 2.8 seconds over Finland's Riitta-Liisa Lassila and Pirjo Manninen.

Russians Julija Tchepalova and Alena Sidko won the bronze medal, 3.6 seconds behind.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP.