Finland rallies in cross-country to win Nordic event

Updated: January 14, 2007, 11:09 AM ET
Associated Press

VAL DI FIEMME, Italy -- Hannu Manninen, Anssi Koivuranta, Jaakko Tallus and Ville Kaehkoenen led Finland to victory Sunday in a Nordic combined World Cup team sprint event.

Fourth after the ski jumping, the four Finns rallied in the 4x5-kilometer cross-country race to finish in 50 minutes, 58 seconds, 10.5 ahead of Austria I.

"It was a good race from all of us today and the jumping was good," Manninen said. "The time difference between us and the leading Austrians was not too big, so we hoped we could be either second or first."

The Austrian quartet of Christoph Bieler, Bernhard Gruber, Felix Gottwald and Mario Stecher provided a 37-second lead against Finland ahead of the cross-country race.

Havard Klemetsen, Espen Rian, Petter L. Tande and Magnus-H. Moan of Norway were third, 49.1 seconds back.

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