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Lind, Sidko Win World Cup Cross-Country Sprint Ski Events in Nove Mesto


Sweden's Bjoern Lind has won the men's event while Russian Alena Sidko took the women's competition at a World Cup cross-country ski meet in Nove Mesto, the Czech Republic.

Lind won the 1.2 kilometer sprint ahead of Peter Larsson of Sweden. Norway's Johan Kjoelstad collided with Sweden's Mikael Oestberg with the Norwegian finishing third and Oestberg fourth.

Tobias Angerer of Germany did not make the final but still leads the overall standings with 485 points. Tor Arne Hetland of Norway is second, with 375 points with Vincent Vittoz of France third, with 239 points.

In the women's final, Sidko controlled the race from start-to-finish and beat Anna Dahlberg of Sweden. Claudia Kuenzel of Germany was third.

Marit Bjoergen of Norway - who did not compete Friday - leads the overall World Cup standings with 490 points. Kuenzel is second with 388 points followed by Julija Tchepalova of Russia, with 380 points.

The competition continues Saturday with men's 15-kilometer and women's 10-kilometer individual races.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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