Cross-Country Skiing - Russians sweep men's 50 km

Alexander Legkov led a Russian clean sweep of the men's 50 km cross-country race on Sunday, winning gold by just 0.7 seconds in a thrilling dash to the line.

Cross-Country Skiing - Russians sweep men's 50 km

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Russia's Maxim Vylegzhanin, Alexander Legkov and Ilia Chernousov (L-R) celebrate after winning the men's cross-country 50 km mass start free event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games February 23, 2014 (Reuters)

Maxim Vylegzhanin took silver, crossing the line 0.1 seconds ahead of compatriot Ilia Chernousov in third.

Legkov's margin of victory was the second narrowest ever in the Olympic 50km race. Defending champion Petter Northug won the event by 0.3 seconds at the last Games in Vancouver four years ago.

Russia had had a disappointing cross country competition until Sunday, winning just two silvers in team events.

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