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Svartedal wins sprint; American Koos finishes third

1/28/2007

OTEPAA, Estonia -- Jens Arne Svartedal of Norway won his
second World Cup cross-country race of the season Sunday, holding
off Vassili Rotchev of Russia on the final sprint.

Svartedal finished the 1.2-kilometer classical sprint final in 2
minutes, 57.5 seconds. Rotchev was 0.5 seconds behind, and American
Torin Koos took third, 0.9 back. U.S. teammate Andrew Newell was
fourth.

In the women's race, Virpi Kuitunen of Finland won the
1-kilometer classical sprint in 2:43 to extend her overall lead.
Astrid Jacobsen of Norway was second, and Evgeniya Shapovalova of
Russia took third.

Olympic champion Lina Andersson of Sweden fell early in the race
and finished fifth.

The next World Cup event will be held in Davos, Switzerland, on
Feb. 3.