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Norway's Romoeren sets ski flying world record

PLANICA, Slovenia -- Norway's Bjoern Einar Romoeren set a
world ski flying record for a second time Sunday, leaping 239
meters to win a World Cup event.
Finland's Janne Ahonen of Finland, who already had clinched the
overall World Cup title, finished sixth. Ahonen jumped 240 meters
during the last round but fell. He was briefly hospitalized but
returned.
Ski flying is contested off unusually big hills, with the
jumpers covering great distances.
Romoeren first broke the world mark during training earlier in
the day, going 234.5 meters to beat the mark of 231 set by Matti
Hautamaeki of Finland in 2003. In the second round, Hautamaeki
jumped 235.5 to reclaim the record for just three minutes before
Romoeren's next leap.
Romoeren totaled 463 points to win Sunday's competition with
jumps of 226 and 239 meters. Countryman Roar was second with 453.9
points with leaps of 230.5 and 224 meters. Andreas Widhoelzl of
Austria finished third and Hautamaeki was fourth.

Cross country relay

FALUN, Sweden -- World champion Norway won the final men's
40-kilometer relay of the World Cup cross country season Sunday
with a 0.4 second victory over Italy in which Tore Ruud Hofstad
outkicked Giorgio Di Centa.
Jens Arne Svartedal, Odd-Bjorn Hjelmeset and Kristen Skjeldal
skied the other 10K legs for Norway in the mixed-style relay that
started with two classic style laps and ended with two freestyle
legs.
Norway won in 1 hour, 35 minutes, 12.9 seconds, and Sweden
finished third, 1.6 seconds back. The United States was 14th.
Finland, with Aino Kaisa Saarinen, Kirsi Valimaa, Riitta Liisa
Lassila and Virpi Kuitunen, won the women's 20K mixed-style relay
in 52:22.7. Norway was 16.5 seconds behind and Russia was third,
17.0 seconds back.
Hjelmeset skied in Sweden after competing in Norway in the
54-kilometer Birkebeineren marathon the day before near
Lillehammer, where he was runner-up. Hjelmeset traveled more than
270 miles by car overnight to Sweden and made it to Falun before
midnight.
"No problem when I'm in such great form," he said. "I really
wanted to ski the relay as well."

Biathlon mixed relay

KHANTY-MANSIYSK, Russia -- The Russian quartet of Olga
Pyleva, Svetlana Ishmouratova, Ivan Tcherezov and Nikolay Kruglov
won the inaugural 24-kilometer mixed relay Sunday ahead of Russia's
second team and Germany One.
In the experimental four-leg race, two women biathletes and two
men competed for their teams. Women ran the first two legs,
followed by the men. Each leg had two shooting stations -- the first
from a prone position and the second from standing.
The Russian team, with nine missed targets but no penalty loops,
won in 1 hour, 13 minutes, 24.1 seconds. The Russian second quartet
finished 7.3 seconds behind after missing seven targets and running
one penalty loop. Germany's first team missed 15 targets and ran
one penalty loop to finish third, 34.2 seconds behind the winner.
Sandrine Bailly, the World Cup overall champion this season, and
Florence Baverel-Robert put France 5.7 seconds ahead of Russia's
second team after the women's half of the race.