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Bjorgen wins third straight World Cup race

11/26/2005

KUUSAMO, Finland -- Marit Bjorgen of Norway won the women's
10-kilometer classic style cross country race Saturday for her
third straight World Cup victory of the season.
Bjorgen, the World Cup champion, finished ahead of Finland's
Virpi Kuitunen and Germany's Claudia Kuenzel to follow her success
at a sprint in Germany and a 10K classic in Norway.
The 25-year-old finished in 26 minutes, 33 seconds, beating
Kuitunen by 29 seconds. Kuenzel finished in 27:06.7.
"This felt easier than when I won in Beitostolen," Bjorgen
said. "The start to the season has been very good, but I expect to
get challenged."
Bjorgen leads the overall standings with 300 points. Kuitunen
has 200 and Aino-Kaisa Saarinen 160.