Petter Northug of Norway stretched out his ski to beat Alex Harvey of Canada in a photo finish and win the men’s cross-country sprint final Thursday at the Nordic skiing world championships.
It was Northug’s 10th career world title but first in an individual sprint. He had a gap on Harvey entering the final stretch of the classical-style race but the Canadian had the stronger finish over the last 50 meters, forcing the Norwegian to lunge forward at the line to hold off his rival.
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Olympic champion Ola Vigen Hattestad of Norway took bronze after beating Nikita Kriukov of Russia in a similar photo finish.
Earlier, Marit Bjoergen of Norway won the women’s sprint.