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Swedes win thrilling ski marathon

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Swedes win thrilling ski marathon
12:43 CET+01:00
Jörgen Brink and Susanne Nyström of Sweden won the respective men's and women's events in the annual 90 kilometre Vasaloppet ski race on Sunday.

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.

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