Cross-Country

The Associated Press - Saturday Jan. 11, 2014 13:11 ET

Sergey Ustiugov wins first career men's World Cup cross-country sprint

Kikkan Randall of the United States wins women's race

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Sergey Ustiugov wins a World Cup cross country spint in Nove Mesto na Morave, Czech Republic., on Saturday. (Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

Sergey Ustiugov of Russia won his first World Cup cross-country sprint while Kikkan Randall of the United States dominated the women's race on Saturday.

Ustiugov finished the final of the 1,600-meter race in 2 minutes, 54.59 seconds to edge Federico Pellegrino of Italy into second by 0.18 seconds. Another Russian, Alexey Petukhov, finished third, 0.59 back.

Randall, the defending sprint World Cup champion, proved she was ready for the Winter Olympics in Sochi. She took the lead from the start and cruised unchallenged to the victory, covering the 1,300-meter track in 2:44.04, leaving Laurien van der Graaff of Switzerland 1.69 behind.

It was the 10th career World Cup victory for Randall, who also won the team sprint at last year's world championships.

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