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Austrians Sweep Men's Slalom at Turin Olympics


Austrian skiers have swept the top three places in the men's Alpine skiing slalom event while Americans Bode Miller and Ted Ligety were disqualified at the Winter Games in Turin, Italy.

Benjamin Raich, the overall World Cup points leader, finished with a combined time on one minute, 43-point-14 seconds. Teammate Reinfried Herbst won the silver medal (83-100ths of one second back). Another Austrian, Rainer Schoenfelder, took the bronze medal (1:44.15). Miller and Ligety both missed gates and did not finish.

In the four-man bobsled, Germany's Andre Lange captured his second gold medal of the Games by driving to the title in a combined time of three minutes, 40.42 seconds. Russia's sled driven by Alexandr Zoubkov, took the silver, and Martin Annen of Switzerland drove his sled to the bronze. American Todd Hays finished seventh in his last Olympic race.

American short-track speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno won his first gold medal of these games in the men's 500-meters race. Canada's Francois-Louis Tremblay won the silver with Ahn Hyun-Soo of South Korea taking the bronze.

South Korea took gold in two more short-track events. Jin Sun-Yu winning the women's 1,000-meter race, with China's Wang Meng taking silver and Yang Yang-A winning bronze. South Korea also won the men's 5,000-meter relay with Canada earning silver and the United States bronze.

German Michael Greis won the men's 15-kilometer mass-start biathlon event in 47 minutes, 20 seconds for his third gold medal of the Turin Games. Poland's Tomasz Sikora won the silver medal and former Olympic champion Ole Einar Bjorndalen of Norway took the bronze medal.

Sweden's Anna Carin Olofsson took the gold in the women's 12.5-kilometer biathlon event. Three-time Olympic champion Kati Wilhelm of Germany won the silver medal. German star Uschi Disl took the bronze.

Canada's Clara Hughes beat German Claudia Pechstein to take the women's 5,000-meter speed skating gold medal. Cindy Klassen of Canada finished with the bronze medal.

Germany leads the medal standings with 11 gold medals and 29 overall. The United States is in second place with 25 medals, including nine gold. Canada is third overall with 24 medals, including seven golds. The Games end Sunday.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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