Hetland, Bjorgen win cross country ski races

Updated: November 19, 2005, 12:57 PM ET
Associated Press

BEITOSTOLEN, Norway -- Norway's Tor Arne Hetland and Marit Bjorgen won classical style World Cup cross country ski races on Saturday.

Hetland won the men's 15-kilometer race in 40 minutes, 50.0 seconds, finishing 17.2 seconds ahead of compatriot Jens Arne Svartedal.

Bjorgen, the defending overall champion, won the women's 10K in 26:14.7, beating Virpi Kuitunen of Finland by 21 seconds to extend her lead in the standings.

Bjorgen, who won her 22nd career World Cup race, has 200 points after two races.

Hetland, a seven-time winner in World Cup sprints, won his first distance race. He leads the overall standings with 180 points.

Sweden's Peter Larsson, who did not compete Saturday, is second with 100 points.

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