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Skiing - 23. January 2009.

Kowalcyk win in Otepaae

OTEPAAE, Estonia-Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) was 33rd in the women's 10K race as she prepares for tomorrow's sprints where she'll look to build on momentum from a fourth place finish in a team sprint last week in Vancouver.

The women's race was won by Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland in 26:25.6. She also won the pursuit race at next year's Olympic venue last week. The win moves her to third in the overall standings.

Kowalczyk led at both the 2.3K and 7.3K marks to finish nearly half a minute ahead of Aino Kaisa Saarinen of Finland. Third-place finisher, Virpi Kuitunen of Finland came back from the fifth-best first split for a podium spot.

Sunday, the American will race a classic sprint. Look for  Randall, who will all be vying for top spot.

Women's 10K Classic
1. Justyna Kowalczyk, Poland, 26:25.6
2. Aino Kaisa Saarinen, Finland, 26.51.8
3. Petra Majdic, Slovenia, 27:12.2
4. Virpi Kuitunen, Finland, 27:17.4
5. Therese Johaug, Norway, 27:23.6
33. Kikkan Randall, Anchorage, 28:55.0
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