Lind, Andersson win cross country sprint events

Updated: January 8, 2006, 12:54 PM ET
Associated Press

OTEPAA, Estonia -- Bjorn Lind and Lina Andersson of Sweden won sprint events Sunday in a World Cup cross country ski meet.

Lind broke from the pack on the final uphill stretch before the ski stadium to win the men's classic style final ahead of Tor Arne Hetland of Norway.

"I was a little surprised to win by such a big margin," Lind said. "My tactic was to attack at the end of the course because it's so long here. I feel very strong. The reason is that I haven't been sick and I've been able to practice as I planned this season."

Lind leads with 325 points in the sprint standings, 25 more than Hetland. Overall, Tobias Angerer of Germany kept the lead with 485 points, followed by Hetland with 455.

In the women's final, Andersson finished barely ahead of Manuela Henkel of Germany for her second career World Cup win.

"I was only watching the finish line and gave everything I had," Andersson said. "I'm grateful it was enough."

Marit Bjorgen of Norway, who ended up fifth, stayed atop the overall standings with 585 points. Andersson is fourth in the sprint standings, which are led by Bjorgen.


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