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40th Birkebeiner records closest finish

In a finish that took a photo review before a winner could be proclaimed, Italian Sergio Bonaldi recently edged countryman Fabio Santus by less than two inches at the finish line in the 40th annual American Birkebeiner 50-kilometer race Feb. 23 from Cable to Hayward.

Both were given the same finishing time of 2:09.18.1. In a sprint to the finish across Lake Hayward and up Main Street in Hayward, two other Italians claimed third and fourth places, with a Czech Republic skier rounding out the top five.

The first- through fourth-place skiers were separated by a grand total of five-tenths of a

Tuesday, March 05, 2013 8:20 PM

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