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Host Italy, Netherlands Claim Olympic Gold Sunday


Marianne Timmer of the Netherlands has won the women's 1,000 meter speedskating gold medal at the Turin Olympics in Italy.

Timmer slid across the ice Sunday with a winning time of 1:16.05. The win is some consolation for her false start five days ago, which disqualified Timmer from the 500-meter race. Canadian Cindy Klassen took the silver medal (1:16.09) while German Anni Friesinger captured the bronze (1:16.11).

Host Italy claimed its third gold medal of the games with a victory in the men's 4x10 - kilometer cross-country relay in Pragelato in 1:43:45.7. Germany took silver (1:44:01.4) ahead of Sweden (1:44:01.7).

Spectators will watch the men's two-man bobsled finals later in the day.

But we will have to wait to find out who will win the women's super giant slalom event. A heavy snow fell while fog shrouded the slopes at San Sicario. Visibility was limited and workers had difficulty keeping the course clear. The delay was the latest in a series of weather-related disruptions for Alpine skiing events. The race is now scheduled for Monday.

The United States continues to lead in gold medals with seven, followed by Germany and Russia with six each. Germany leads the overall count with 17, including seven silver and four bronze.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.