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Winter Olympics day 15 review

Benjamin Raich
Raich led an Austrian 1-2-3 in the men's slalom
Benjamin Raich clinched his second gold of the Games as Austria made it a clean sweep of the men's slalom medals.

Reinfried Herbst was second ahead of Rainer Schoenfelder, with Britain's Alain Baxter 16th.

Baxter's compatriot Jon Eley made it to the 500m speed skating final, but was fifth as Apolo Anton Ohno took gold.

Germany ensured they will top the medal table after golds for Andre Lange and his four-man bobsleigh and Michael Greis in the mass-start biathlon.

Defending champion Lange, who also won the two-man bob, helped Germany complete a clean sweep of the bobsleigh titles while Greis became the third athlete at the Games to win three gold medals.

South Korean speed skaters Ahn Hyun-Soo and Jin Sun-Yu were the other athletes to clinch their third titles, Ahn in the 5,000m relay and Jin in the women's 1,000m.

The day's other gold medals went to Canada's Clara Hughes in the 5,000m speed skating and Sweden's Anna Carin Olofsson in the women's mass-start biathlon.


DAY 15 EVENTS

ALPINE SKIING

Benjamin Raich added the men's slalom title to his giant slalom gold in an Austrian 1-2-3.

Raich clocked a combined time of one minute 43.14 seconds, 0.83 secs ahead of Reinfried Herbst, with Rainer Schoenfelder picking up the bronze.

Britain's Alain Baxter, stripped of a bronze medal at the 2002 Games after failing a drugs test, finished a creditable 16th, four places ahead of brother Noel.

Finland's Kalle Palander, second after the first leg, set a fast time in the second run but was disqualified for straddling a gate.

Italy's Giorgio Rocca crashed out halfway through his first run in front of an expectant home crowd.

Olympic combined champion Ted Ligety of America was disqualified for straddling a gate, while America's Bode Miller, who has failed to live up to his pre-Games hype, also skied the wrong side of a gate.

Defending champion Jean-Pierre Vidal of France withdrew after breaking his arm on Friday.

BOBSLEIGH

Andre Lange ensured Germany become the first country to unite all three Olympic bobsleigh titles when he took victory in the four-man bob.

It was Lange's second gold of the Games, having already triumphed in the two-man event, with Germany also taking the women's title.

Lange became only the fifth slider to win gold in two-man and four-man bob at the same games, and the first in 22 years.

Russia won the silver, with Switzerland picking up the bronze.

The British quartet of Lee Johnston, Martin Wright, Karl Johnston, and Dan Humphries produced a brilliant final run, moving up from 19th to 17th.

SKATING

American Apolo Anton Ohno clinched gold in a thrilling men's 500m final, as South Korean Ahn Hyun-Soo could only manage bronze.

Canada's Francois-Louis Tremblay took the silver, with surprise finalist Jon Eley of Great Britain in fifth place.

Eley qualified from his semi-final after China's Jiajun Li impeded him on the line and was later disqualified.

Ahn, the 1000m and 1,500m champion, made up for the disappointment of his bronze by later making it a hat-trick of golds in the 5,000m relay, with South Korea finishng ahead of Canada and the United States.

Jin Sun-Yu of South Korea won the women's 1000m speed skating gold, with China's Wang Meng taking silver and her compatriot Yang Yang the bronze.

Canada's Clara Hughes produced a brilliant last lap to win gold in the women's 5,000m speed skating in a time of 6 minutes and 59.07 seconds.

Hughes, a silver medallist in the team pursuit, shaved off three seconds in her final 400m to beat Germany's Claudia Pechstein, with Canadian Cindy Klassen third.

OTHER SPORTS

Michael Greis of Germany won the inaugural men's 15km mass-start biathlon gold medal in a snowy San Sicario on Saturday.

Tomasz Sikora of Poland won the silver and Ole Einar Bjorndalen of Norway took the bronze.

Greis claimed his third gold of the Games after success in the 20km individual biathlon and the 4x7.5km team relay.

The 29-year-old, who was in third for much of the race, edged ahead following a flawless performance on the final standing shoot.

He missed just one of his 20 targets overall, and completed the course in 47 minutes and 20 seconds, 6.3sec ahead of Sikora and 12.3sec in front of Bjoerndalen.

The Norwegian, who led for much of the race as he chased his sixth Olympic title, missed three targets, two in his last visit to the range.

In the women's 12.5km mass-start biathlon, Sweden's Anna Carin Olofsson took gold from Kati Wilhelm and Uschi Disl, both of Germany.

Cheered on by Sweden's King Carl Gustaf, the 32-year-old former cross-country skier gave her country its first ever gold medal in women's biathlon only four years after taking up the sport.

Olofsson, who won silver in the sprint event, completed the five gruelling circuits of the 2.5km Cesana San Sicario course in 40min 36.5sec.

Her time was a comfortable 18.8sec ahead of 10km sprint champion Wilhelm and 41.9sec in front of Disl.

The men's ice hockey bronze medal went to the Czech Republic after they beat Russia 3-0.

The gold medal will be decided on Sunday when Finland take on Scandinavian rivals Sweden.




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Medals Table Sun Feb 26 - 15:22
  G S B
1.Germany11126
2.United States997
3.Austria977
4.Russia868
5.Canada7107
6.Sweden725
7.South Korea632
8.Switzerland545
9.Italy506
10.France324

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