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Northug wins third gold medal

Updated: March 1, 2009, 12:07 PM ET
Associated Press

LIBEREC, Czech Republic -- Petter Northug sprinted away from his rivals again to win the men's 50-kilometer freestyle race Sunday for his third gold medal at the Nordic skiing world championships.

Northug dropped Maxim Vylegzhanin of Russia and Tobias Angerer of Germany on the home straight to finish in 1 hour, 59 minutes, 38.1 seconds. Vylegzhanin was 0.7 seconds back for silver while Angerer took bronze, 2 seconds behind.

"A great race for me," Northug said. "In the last hill, I ...

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