Updated: Tuesday, 11 February 2014 22:43 | By Agence France-Presse

Norway's Hattestad takes men's cross country sprint after crash

Norway's Ola Vigen Hattestad seized his chance Tuesday to take Olympic gold in the men's cross country freestyle sprint after a spectacular crash on a tight descent took out half the six-man field.


Norway's Hattestad takes men's cross country sprint after crash

Norway's Ola Vigen Hattestad celebrates after winning gold in the men's cross country freestyle sprint at Rosa Khutor during the Sochi Winter Olympics, on February 11, 2014 - by Odd Andersen

Hattestad came in first in 3min 38.39sec with Sweden's Teodor Petersen in second, 1:22sec behind, after the pair moved easily ahead of their rivals when three skiers crashed going round a steep right-hand bend.

Sweden's Emil Joensson, who avoided the worst of the carnage, came in third for bronze and was so exhausted he had to be helped to his feet by medical staff.

The crash destroyed the hopes of Anders Gloeersen of Norway, Marcus Hellner of Sweden and home favourite Russian Sergey Ustiugov, to the bitter disappointment of the capacity crowd at the Laura cross country ski centre.

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