Russia clinches medals title

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Associated Press

Posted on February 23, 2014 at 5:02 AM

Updated Sunday, Feb 23 at 10:05 AM

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Alexander Legkov's victory in the men's 50-kilometer cross-country race Sunday clinched the overall medals title for the host nation at the Sochi Games.

Legkov led a sweep of the podium for Russia in the 50K. Russia started the day tied with Norway for the most gold medals with 11 and with a 29-27 lead over the United States in total medals.

With only three events on the final day of competition — cross-country, four-man bobsled and the men's hockey gold medal game — the Russians didn't waste any time in sealing the deal.

Norway figured to challenge the Russians in cross-country, but Martin Johnsrud Sundby finished fourth while Russians Maxim Vylegzhanin and Ilia Chernousov took silver and bronze.

The three skiers had a wild celebration at the finish line.

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