Russia appeals skiathlon bronze

Updated: February 10, 2014, 4:46 AM ET
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KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- Russia has appealed a jury's decision to let a Norwegian skier keep his bronze medal in the men's 30-kilometer skiathlon at the Sochi Olympics despite impeding Maxim Vylegzhanin in the final sprint.

The International Ski Federation says it received the Russian appeal on Monday and has 72 hours to make a ruling. However, FIS spokesman Michal Lamplot said the case is likely to be dealt with quicker, as "everyone is waiting for this decision."

Swiss cross-country skier Dario Cologna pulled away from a quartet of skiers at the top of the final uphill section and then held off defending champion Marcus Hellner of Sweden on the final straight. Cologna finished in 1 hour, 8 minutes, 15.4 seconds for his second Olympic gold medal. Hellner was 0.4 seconds behind to win silver.

Martin Johnsrud Sundby won the bronze after beating Vylegzhanin by 0.1 seconds. However, he clearly crossed into his Russian rival's lane a few meters before the finish line and the host team claimed that unfairly impeded Vylegzhanin.

Russia protested immediately, but FIS ruled initially that the rule violation didn't affect the outcome as Sundby was already ahead of Vylegzhanin.

Sundby told Norwegian TV he was given a written warning but could keep the bronze.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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