Finland wins cross-country sprint

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- Finland surprisingly won the men's cross-country team sprint at the Sochi Olympics on Wednesday, taking advantage of a fall that slowed its two closest rivals in the final.

Sami Jauhojaervi was able to pull ahead after Germany's Tim Tscharnke fell right behind him after the final downhill section into the stadium and nearly tripped up Russia's Nikita Kriukov, who stayed on his feet but lost touch with the Finn.

The German team handed in an official protest shortly after the race, arguing that Jauhojaervi impeded Tscharnke and caused him to fall. However, a FIS jury upheld the result after a brief deliberation.

Kriukov couldn't catch up and Russia had to settle for silver. Teodor Peterson overtook Tscharnke to secure the bronze for Sweden. Germany ended up seventh.

That also gave Sweden's Emil Joensson a second lucky bronze, after three rivals fell in front of him in the final of the individual event.

Iivo Niskanen also skied for Finland. Maxim Vylegzhanin was on Russia's team.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.