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Skari also wins World Cup sprint

Updated: March 11, 2003, 10:38 PM ET

DRAMMEN, Norway -- Norway's Bente Skari clinched the overall cross-country title Tuesday, then won a World Cup sprint for her 12th victory of the season.

Estonia's Kristina Smigun, the only skier with a chance to pass Skari, skipped the race. That gave the Norwegian star an unbeatable lead with only three races remaining.

Norway's Jens Arne Svartedal won the men's sprint.

Skari also won the overall title in 1999 and 2000 and finished second twice over the last ...

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