Norway wins cross-country World Cup relay events



LA CLUSAZ, France (AP) — Norway again won both the men’s and women’s relay competitions at a cross-country World Cup meet Sunday.

The men’s team of Eldar Roenning, Martin Johnsrud Sundby, Sjur Roethe and Didrik Toenseth finished the 4×7.5-kilometer race in 1 hour, 17 minute, 22 seconds to edge Sweden by half a second.

The Czech Republic had to settle for third, as 0.8 seconds separated the top three.

In the women’s event, triple Olympic champion Marit Bjoergen anchored a team that also included Heidi Weng, Therese Johaug and Kristin Stoermer Steira, finishing the 4x5K race in 57:05.4. They beat Finland by 27.9 seconds, with another Norwegian team third.

It is Bjoergen’s seventh victory in seven races this season.

Norway also had a clean sweep in the last relays, at the season-opening World Cup meet in Sweden.