Hellner pulls away to win 30K gold

WHISTLER, British Columbia -- Marcus Hellner of Sweden has won the men's 30-kilometer cross-country pursuit at the Vancouver Olympics.

Hellner pulled away from a trio of rivals after entering the ski stadium, building enough of a lead to sprint alone toward the finish, completing the course in one hour, 15 minutes, 11.4 seconds.

Tobias Angerer of Germany finished 2.1 seconds behind for the silver medal, and Johan Olsson of Sweden took bronze, 2.8 back.

The race features a mass start with 15K of classical skiing before switching to freestyle for the second half.

James Southam of Anchorage, Alaska, was 34th and Kris Freeman of Andover, N.H., was 45th.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.