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Lind, Andersson win cross country sprint events

1/8/2006

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.