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Randall 20th in World Cup 10K, retains 5th overall in standings

Kikkan Randall of Anchorage retained fifth place in the overall World Cup standings Sunday after leading Americans with a 20th-place finish in a 10-kilometer freestyle nordic race at the Lahti Ski Games in Finland.

Randall was clocked in 26 minutes, 41.6 seconds, 1:36 behind winner and 10-time Olympic medalist Marit Bjoergen of Norway, who is a three-time World Cup overall champion.

Randall leads the World Cup sprint standings after her victory Saturday in Lahti. She is the circuit's two-time defending sprint champion. Her lead in the sprint standings and 20th-place standing in the distance ranks combined to give her fifth overall as the Tour moves on to a classic sprint race Wednesday in Norway.

"I wanted to be a little faster and higher up in the results than I finished today,'' Randall said in an email. "I started aggressive like I wanted to, struggled in the middle when my legs got tired, but had a good last 2K following Marit.''

Holly Brooks of Anchorage finished 44th in Sunday's 10K in 27:30.8. Liz Stephen finished second among Americans, claiming 32nd in 26:59.0.

After Wednesday's race in Drammen, Norway, the tour stops in Oslo, Norway, for a distance race and wraps with the World Cup finals mid-month in Falun, Sweden.

Anchorage Daily News