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Norway's Bjoergen wins women's cross country race at World Cup


DRAMMEN, Norway (AP) -- Marit Bjoergen of Norway won the sprint at a cross-country World Cup event on Wednesday, extending her lead in the overall standings.

Bjoergen finished the race in 3 minutes, 32.9 seconds, to beat compatriot Astrid Uhrenholdt Jacobsen by 1.7 seconds.

Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland, who is second behind Bjoergen in the overall standings, fell after the final downhill and finished third. Bjoergen now leads Kowalczyk by 118 points.

In the men's race, Eirik Brandsdal of Norway overtook Len Valjas of Canada about halfway through the final to win in 3:05.9. Valjas was 1.5 seconds back in second, while Paal Golberg of Norway finished third.

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