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Feb 11, 2014

Norway’s Hattestad wins chaotic sprint

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Ola Vigen Hattestad of Norway won his first Olympic title in a chaotic men’s cross-country sprint at the Sochi Winter Games on Tuesday.

Teodor Peterson of Sweden took silver and another Swede, Emil Joensson, came through to claim the bronze after a tricky right-hand bend on a descent sent three skiers tumbling.

Feb 11, 2014

Falla leads Norwegian 1-2 in women’s sprint

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Norway’s Maiken Caspersen Falla snatched her maiden Winter Olympic title when she won the cross-country sprint event on Tuesday after compatriot, defending champion and hot favourite Marit Bjoergen crashed out in the semi-finals.

Bjoergen, who won the individual sprint in Vancouver four years ago, was seeking her fifth Olympic title but failed to make the final where Falla was never threatened.

Feb 11, 2014

Olympics-Cross country-Falla leads Norwegian 1-2 in women’s sprint

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Norway’s Maiken Caspersen Falla snatched her maiden Winter Olympic title when she won the cross-country sprint event on Tuesday after compatriot, defending champion and hot favourite Marit Bjoergen crashed out in the semi-finals.

Bjoergen, who won the individual sprint in Vancouver four years ago, was seeking her fifth Olympic title but failed to make the final where Falla was never threatened.

Feb 10, 2014

Gold from Russia with love for Fourcade

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Having secured two overall World Cup titles and his maiden world crown in Russia, it appeared fitting that Martin Fourcade snatched his first Olympic gold medal in Sochi.

The 25-year-old Frenchman kept his composure on the shooting range and showed impressive speed on the skis to comfortably win the 12.5km pursuit on Monday, clinching his fist in anticipated celebration after the final shooting.

Feb 10, 2014

Olympics-Biathlon-Gold from Russia with love for Fourcade

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Having secured two overall World Cup titles and his maiden world crown in Russia, it appeared fitting that Martin Fourcade snatched his first Olympic gold medal in Sochi.

The 25-year-old Frenchman kept his composure on the shooting range and showed impressive speed on the skis to comfortably win the 12.5km pursuit on Monday, clinching his fist in anticipated celebration after the final shooting.

Feb 10, 2014

Olympics-Biathlon-Fourcade shoots France to first Games medal

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Martin Fourcade shot France to their first medal of the Sochi Olympics on Monday with victory in the biathlon 12.5km pursuit as Ole Einar Bjoerndalen just missed out on a record 13th Winter Games podium.

Overall World Cup leader Fourcade, starting sixth, shot an almost perfect 19 out of 20 and produced an impressive display on the skis to beat silver medallist Ondrej Moravec of the Czech Republic by 14.1 seconds.

Feb 10, 2014

Fourcade shoots France to first Games medal

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – Martin Fourcade shot France to their first medal of the Sochi Olympics on Monday with his victory in the biathlon 12.5km pursuit, while Ole Einar Bjoerndalen just missed out on a record 13th Winter Games podium.

Overall World Cup leader Fourcade, starting sixth, shot an almost perfect 19 out of 20 and produced an impressive display on the skis to beat silver medallist Ondrej Moravec of the Czech Republic by 14.1 seconds.

Feb 9, 2014

Home sweet home for Slovak Kuzmina

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (Reuters) – It was not a Russian gold medal but it certainly felt like one for Anastasiya Kuzmina when she retained her Olympic biathlon 7.5km sprint title at the Winter Games on Sunday.

Born Anastasia Shipulina in Russia, Kuzmina took a Slovakian passport in 2008 through marriage because the Russian team would not allow her to take her child to training camps.

Feb 9, 2014

Olympics-Biathlon-Home sweet home for Slovak Kuzmina

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 9 (Reuters) – It was not a Russian gold medal but it certainly felt like one for Anastasiya Kuzmina when she retained her Olympic biathlon 7.5km sprint title at the Winter Games on Sunday.

Born Anastasia Shipulina in Russia, Kuzmina took a Slovakian passport in 2008 through marriage because the Russian team would not allow her to take her child to training camps.

Feb 9, 2014

Olympics-Biathlon-Kuzmina retains sprint title

ROSA KHUTOR, Russia, Feb 9 (Reuters) – Slovakian Anastasiya Kuzmina shot a perfect 10 out of 10 on the way to become the first woman to retain her Olympic biathlon 7.5km sprint title at the Winter Games on Sunday.

Russian-born Kuzmina, whose brother Anton Shipulin missed out on a bronze medal for the host nation by a fraction of a second in the men’s sprint on Saturday, skied flawlessly to claim her second Olympic title.

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      "I have been with Reuters for nine years, working as a sports reporter in Paris. I have covered Olympics in Turin, Beijing and Vancouver, African Nations Cup in Ghana and Angola. As a cycling correspondent, I have been covering the Tour de France since 2006."
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