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Sochi: Golden glow for Russia - host country tops medals table

Sochi: Golden glow for Russia - host country tops medals table
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The Sochi Winter Olympics have ended in a historic triumph for the host country. Russia has topped the board with 33 medals: 13 gold, 11 silver, 9 bronze.

Norway won 26 medals, the second highest number of podium finishes during the Games: 11 gold, 5 silver, 10 bronze.

Canada completed the Sochi top three with 25 medals: 10 gold, 10 silver, 5 bronze.

Final events

Men’s ice hockey

In the men’s ice hockey final two titans of the sport, Canada and Sweden, went head to head. The injury-depleted Swedish side could not match the Canadians, who secured a 3-0 victory.

Jonathan Toews, Captain Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz all scored for Canada – which confirmed its dominance in its national game by winning gold for the third time in the last four Olympics.

50 km cross country

It was a clean sweep for Russia in the 50 kilometre cross country skiing event. In a thrilling dash to the line, Aleksandr Legkov took first place by just seven tenths of a second.

Legkov’s team mates, Maxim Vylegzhanin and Ilya Chernousov, took silver and bronze respectively – arriving at the finish just a tenth of a second apart.

Bobsleigh

Alexander Zubkov drove Russia to victory in the four-man bobsleigh – adding the medal to his two-man victory earlier in the Games.

Zubkov held on to his slim overnight lead to take gold by just nine hundredths of a second – ahead of Latvia’s Oskars Melbardis. American Steve Holcomb, the 2010 champion, won bronze.

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