Sweden strike gold again
Hellner inspires Sweden to fourth gold in Vancouver
Last Updated: February 24, 2010 10:27pm
Hellner: Second gold of Games
Sweden claimed their fourth gold medal of the Vancouver Games with victory in the men's cross country 4x10km relay.
Marcus Hellner led the Swedish quartet to a grandstand finish in one hour 45min 05.4sec, 19 seconds ahead of Norway, with the Czech Republic snatching bronze.
Petter Northug had led Norway to a stunning final leg sprint win on Monday despite the absence of reigning world champion Ola Vigen Hattestad.
But he was unable to spark a repeat two days later as Daniel Richardsson, Johan Olsson, Anders Soedergren and Hellner triumphed for Sweden.
"We have had a fantastic Olympics and of course we've been really well prepared for this, and that's the main reason we've been so successful," said Olsson.
A French quartet led by Vincent Vittoz in his final Games missed out on bronze by an agonising four seconds alongside Jean-Marc Gaillard, Maurice Manificat and Emmanuel Jonnier.