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Sunday, February 28, 2010
Northug passes Teichmann for gold

Associated Press

WHISTLER, British Columbia -- Norway's Petter Northug has won the men's 50-kilometer classical cross-country race for the next-to-last gold medal of the Olympics.

Northug used his trademark sprint to push past Axel Teichmann of Germany on the final straightaway. The Norwegian finished Sunday's race in 2 hours, 5 minutes, 35.5 seconds for his second gold medal of the Olympics.

Teichmann took the silver after coming in 0.3 seconds behind. Johan Olsson of Sweden took bronze, 1 second back.

It was a similar finish to the team sprint, where Northug also blew past Teichmann near the end for his first gold medal.

The final Olympic competition is the men's gold-medal hockey game between Canada and the U.S.