Switzerland's Dario Cologna, left, competes alongside Norway's Martin Johnsrud Sundby, Russia's Maxim Vylegzhanin and Sweden's Marcus Hellner, right, during the men's cross-country 30k skiathlon, at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Cologna got the gold, Hellner clinched the silver and Sundby won the bronze medal. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Russian protest rejected after men's skiathlon

February 09, 2014

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) The Russian team lodged an unsuccessful protest against the results of the men's cross-country 30-kilometer skiathlon Sunday at the Olympics, saying Maxim Vylegzhanin was impeded in the sprint for the bronze medal.

Vylegzhanin lost a tight race against Martin Johnsrud Sundby for the bronze, with the Norwegian finishing 0.1 seconds in front. The Russian team claimed Sundby had cut off Vylegzhanin in an unfair manner, but the International Ski Federation confirmed the results after a brief jury deliberation. Sundby told Norwegian TV he was given a written warning but could keep the bronze.

Dario Cologna of Switzerland won the race ahead of Marcus Hellner of Sweden.

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