Swede Brink Wins Vasaloppet Marathon
Sweden's Jörgen Brink won this year's 86th staging of the Vasaloppet by the narrowest of margins after a dramatic sprint to the finish in the town of Mora.
Brink took his first Vasaloppet crown by beating three time winner and favourite Daniel Tynell by one second. Susanne Nyström won the women's category
The Vasaloppet, one of the world's longest and oldest cross-country ski races, got underway at 8am in Sälen early on Sunday with temperatures around -10 celsius.
A record 16,454 skiers are taking part in the 90 kilometre race which ends in the town of Mora, following in the historical tracks (in reverse ) of future Swedish king Gustav Vasa who fleed for his life on ski's from Danish troops 500 years ago.