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Swedes win thrilling ski marathon

Swedes win thrilling ski marathon

Published: 07 Mar 2010 12:43 GMT+01:00
Updated: 07 Mar 2010 12:43 GMT+01:00

Brink’s time of 4:02:59 was matched by Daniel Tynell, also of Sweden, but Brink’s skis slid past the finish line first. Coming third was Stanislav Rezac of the Czech Republic, at 04:03:02.

Susanne Nyström secured victory in the women's event ahead of Norwegian favourite Sanra Hansson. Nyström's time of 4.33,07 was 32 seconds faster than that of her nearest competitor.

Some 16,000 skiers from all over the world participated in the Vasaloppet event in the province of Dalarna, held annually on the first Sunday in March. It is the oldest, biggest and one of the longest cross-country ski race in the world.

The race started in 1922, inspired by a run that King Gustav Vasa allegedly made in 1520. This is probably a fable.

Roger Choate (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

14:24 March 7, 2010 by johnnyrebel
What a finish!!!
02:48 March 8, 2010 by Greg in Canada
'Some 16,000 skiers from all over the world participated'

This is on my list of "must do" events sometime in my life. The other must do Swedish event is the 300 kms Vatternrunden bike ride. I'm not getting any younger so I want to do both these events.
12:23 March 8, 2010 by Rick Methven
"This is on my list of "must do" events sometime in my life. The other must do Swedish event is the 300 kms Vatternrunden bike ride. I'm not getting any younger so I want to do both these events. "

Greg you better start traing now! I know people who have Vasaloppet and they spend the winter on ski's and the summer on roller skis in order to get filt enough to get through the 90km.

If you are a regular cyclist the Vätternrund is much easier. Only problem is you will not be able to sit down for a week!
18:21 March 8, 2010 by Audrian
Keep it up and congradulations!
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