Norway's Hattestad grabs gold in men's sprint free

The Sports NetworkFebruary 11, 2014 

Krasnaya Polyana, Russia ( - Norwegian cross country skier Ola Vigen Hattestad won the gold medal in the men's sprint free competition on Tuesday.

After finishing just outside of medal contention in this event at the Vancouver Games, Hattestad sped through the course in 3 minutes, 38.39 seconds to secure his first Olympic medal.

Sweden's Teodor Peterson finished just over a second behind Hattestad to claim the silver medal, while fellow Swede Emil Joensson brought home bronze, despite crossing the finish line nearly 20 seconds after Peterson.

A crash midway through the race involving multiple skiers created the gap between Peterson and Joensson.

Hattestad's gold-medal run came just minutes after countrymate Maiken Caspersen Falla won gold in the women's sprint free competition.

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