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Gold medalists Russia's Anton Shipulin, Dmitry Malyshko, Evgeny Ustyugov and Russia's Alexey Volkov celebrate at the podium in the Men's Biathlon 4x7.5 km Relay Medal Ceremony at the Laura Cross-Country and Biathlon Center during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 22, 2014, in Rosa Khutor, in Sochi. (AFP Photo / Alberto Pizzoli)
Gold medalists Russia's Anton Shipulin, Dmitry Malyshko, Evgeny Ustyugov and Russia's Alexey Volkov celebrate at the podium in the Men's Biathlon 4x7.5 km Relay Medal Ceremony at the Laura Cross-Country and Biathlon Center during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 22, 2014, in Rosa Khutor, in Sochi. (AFP Photo / Alberto Pizzoli)

February 22, 2014

Sochi medal wrap-up, Day 15: Olympic host Russia tops medals table

Following impressive wins in the biathlon relay and snowboard slalom, host nation Russia has climbed to the top of the medals table with one day of competition remaining at the Sochi Games.

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Sochi 2014 medals table

Russia has 11 gold, 10 silver, and eight bronze medals after 15 days of action in Sochi.

Norway – which has been relegated to second place – also has 11 golds, but is trailing behind the Russians in the total number of medals won.

Canada and the US remain in the fight for the Top 3 in the overall medals count, with nine gold medals each.

Norway sweeps podium in women’s 30km mass start free

Norway’s cross-country skiers swept the podium in the women’s 30km mass start free race.

Marit Bjoergen clocked in at 1:11:05.2 at the Laura Center, bagging the gold medal.

It’s the sixth Olympic gold for the 33-year-old cross-country skiing legend, who won three medals at the Vancouver 2010 Games and as many in Sochi.

Therese Johaug claimed the silver medal in the ski marathon after crossing the finish line 2.6 seconds behind the winner.

Bronze went to Kristin Stoermer Steira, with a time of 1:11:28.8.

Gold medalist Norway's Marit Bjoergen celebrates at the podium in the Women's Cross-Country Skiing 30km Mass Start Free Flower Ceremony at the Laura Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 22, 2014, in Rosa Khutor, near Sochi. (AFP Photo / Alberto Pizzoli)

Austria’s Dujmovits wins women’s snowboard parallel slalom gold

Snowboarder Julia Dujmovits claimed the gold medal in the women’s parallel slalom event.

The Austrian beat Anke Karstens of Germany by 0.12 seconds after two runs in the big final.

Another German athlete, Amelie Kober, filled the third spot on the podium at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.

Austria's Julia Dujmovits competes in the Women's Snowboard Parallel Slalom Final at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 22, 2014. (AFP Photo / Javier Soriano)


Russian snowboarder Wild races to second Sochi gold

Russian snowboarder Vic Wild managed to beat all his rivals in the men’s parallel slalom event, bagging the gold medal.

Wild took on Zan Kosir of Slovenia in the big final, outracing his opponent by 0.11 seconds.

It’s the second gold in Sochi for the 27-year-old American-born athlete, who took up Russian citizenship in 2011.

“When everyone is having vacations in summer, I am working hard,” Wild said, adding that his summer training sessions weren't spent in vain.

“It’s incredible. Taking part in the Olympics is already a victory, but when I managed to win at the Games, I experienced the most wonderful feeling in my life,” he added.

The bronze medal at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park went to Benjamin Karl of Austria, who beat Italy’s Aaron March in the small final.

Russia's Vic Wild competes in the Men's Snowboard Parallel Giant Slalom Semifinals at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 19, 2014. (AFP Photo / Javier Soriano)

Dutch speed skaters claim men’s team pursuit gold

Speed skaters from the Netherlands raced to gold in the men's team pursuit event at the Sochi Games.

Jan Blokhuijsen, Sven Kramer, and Koen Verweij clocked an Olympic record time of 3:37.71 minutes in Final A.

South Korea took silver, trailing behind the winners by 3.14 seconds at Adler Arena.

Poland claimed bronze after beating Canada with a time of 3:41.94 minutes in Final B.

(From L) Netherlands' Sven Kramer, Netherlands' Koen Verweij and Netherlands' Jan Blokhuijsen compete in the Men's Speed Skating Team Pursuit Final at the Adler Arena during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 22, 2014. (AFP Photo / Damien Meyer)


Dutch women follow men’s lead

The Netherlands also set an Olympic record in the women's team pursuit event.

Marrit Leenstra, Jorien Ter Mors, and Ireen Wust clocked in at 2:58.05 minutes at Adler Arena, bagging the gold medal.

Poland took silver after crossing the finish line 4.75 seconds behind the winners.

Host team Russia completed the podium in the last speed skating event at the Games, with Olga Graf, Yekaterina Lobysheva, and Yuliya Skokova clocking in at 2:59.73 minutes in Final B against Japan.

The Dutch speed skaters have been unstoppable at the Sochi Games, claiming 23 medals – including 8 golds – at Adler Arena.

(From L) Netherlands' Jorien ter Mors, Netherlands' Ireen Wust and Netherlands' Marrit Leenstra celebrate after winning the Women's Speed Skating Team Pursuit Final at the Adler Arena during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 22, 2014. (AFP Photo / Damien Meyer)
Russia wins men’s biathlon relay

Russian biathletes were the fastest in the men’s 4x7.5 km relay at the Sochi Olympics.

Aleksey Volkov, Evgeny Ustyugov, Dmitry Malyshko, and Anton Shipulin shot well to avoid penalty laps and clocked in at 1:12:15.9 at the Laura Center, leaving their nearest rival 3.5 seconds behind.

The first gold for the Russian biathletes came during the discipline’s last event at the 2014 Games.

“I thought there’ll be a battle on the finish line, but Germany gave away the win without a fight,” Shipulin told Sport-Express newspaper. “I thank the Germans for this. It was great display not only from me, but from our whole team. Each one of us gave 100 per cent away on his stage. I thank all our boys for that. In recent days we became a real team and proved it today.”

The silver medal went to the German quartet, with Austria completing the podium with a time of 1:12:45.7.

From left: gold medalists Russia's Anton Shipulin, Dmitry Malyshko, Evgeny Ustyugov and Alexey Volkov celebrate at the podium in the Men's Biathlon 4x7.5 km Relay Medal Ceremony at the Laura Cross-Country and Biathlon Center during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 22, 2014, in Rosa Khutor, in Sochi. (AFP Photo / Alberto PIizzoli)


Austria wins gold, silver in men’s slalom

Alpine skier Mario Matt bagged an Olympic gold medal in the men’s slalom event.

The Austrian, who was ahead after the first run at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center, proved his class in the second try, finishing with a time of 1:41.84 minutes.

The silver medal went to another Austrian, Marcel Hirscher, who trailed the winner by 0.28 seconds.

Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway bagged bronze with a result of 1:42.67 after two runs.

Austria's Mario Matt competes during the Men's Alpine Skiing Slalom Run 1 at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 22, 2014. (AFP Photo / Olivier Morin)

Finland thrashes US for hockey bronze

Finland claimed the men’s hockey bronze medal at the Sochi Olympics after destroying the US 5-0 in the third place match.

Finnish veterans Teemu Selanne and Jussi Jokinen delivered a knockout blow to the Americans, scoring two goals in the space of just 11 seconds in the beginning of the second period.

Juuso Hietanen delivered an unstoppable blast from the blue line in the seventh minute of the third period, making the score 3-0 in favor of the Finns.

Three minutes later, Selanne scored his second goal of the night, capitalizing on a power play.

Olli Maatta beat American goalie Jonathan Quick with just seven minutes left in the game, settling the final score at 5-0.

US Zach Parise (L) vies with Finland's Kimmo Timonen during the Men's ice hockey Bronze Medal Game USA vs Finland at the Bolshoy Ice Dome during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 22, 2014. (AFP Photo / Andrej Isakovic)

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