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Maze wins weather-hit giant slalom

Tina Maze earns her 2nd gold medal of the Sochi Olympics by winning from the front in a rainy and snowy giant slalom.

Last updated: 18 Feb 2014 14:59
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The gap between Tina Maze and second place was 0.07 seconds [AFP]

Jorrit Bergsma set an Olympic record and led another Dutch speedskating sweep by winning the 10,000 meters with an upset of countryman Sven Kramer.

Sochi 2014 Medals   (Top 3)
Country  G   S   B  Total
Russia 13  11  9    33
Norway 11  5  10   26
Canada 10 10   5   25

Kramer wanted this gold more than any other after giving away the longest race with an inexplicable mistake at the 2010 Vancouver Games. But Bergsma's finishing kick was a stunner, giving him a winning time of 12 minutes, 44.45 seconds. It was the fastest sea-level time ever and eclipsed the Olympic record of 12:58.55 set by South Korea's Lee Seung-hoon
four years ago.

Kramer settled for silver in 12:49.02. The bronze went to 37-year-old Bob de Jong.

It was the fourth Dutch sweep of the podium at Adler Arena, giving them 19 speedskating medals in all.

Double Maze

Tina Maze earned her second gold medal of the Sochi Olympics by winning from the front in a rainy and snowy giant slalom.

Wearing bib Number 1, Maze skied through the gates cleanly to defend her big first-run lead and finish 0.07 seconds ahead of Anna Fenninger of Austria. Defending champion Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany was third, trailing 0.27 behind Maze's two-run time of two minutes, 36.87 seconds.

Ice hockey

Alexander Radulov scored two goals and Russia survived its first elimination game with a 4-0 victory over Norway in the men's qualification round.

Sergei Bobrovsky made 22 saves in the second straight shutout victory for the fifth-seeded Russians, who earned a meeting with Finland in the quarter-finals on Wednesday.

In the women's draw, Noora Raty stopped 18 shots and Michelle Karvinen scored twice to lead Finland to a 4-0 victory over Russia in the fifth-place game.

France's gold

Pierre Vaultier of France held off hard-charging Nikolay Olyunin of Russia to win gold in Sochi 2014 men's snowboard cross.

Vaultier fended off several advances by Olyunin in the final, drawing clear over the final jumps to victory.

Alex Deibold of the US grabbed bronze after narrowly edging teammate Trevor Jacob in the semi-finals.

The event was pushed back a day due to heavy fog, with officials modifying the format to cancel the seedings run and go straight to the elimination rounds.

Curling

Elsewhere, Britain advanced to the semi-finals of the men's curling tournament by beating Norway 6-5 in a tiebreaker.

British skip David Murdoch made a superb double takeout with the final shot in the 10th end to leave two British stones nearest to the button for the win.

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