Norway’s Petter Northug wins men’s cross-country sprint

Norway's Petter Northug edges Canada's Alex Harvey to win the sprint gold medal.

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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.

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.