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Tad Elliott, Holly Brooks win at Birkebeiner

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HAYWARD, Wis. (AP) -- Tad Elliott and former Olympian Holly Brooks have won the men's and women's freestyle races in the American Birkebeiner.

   Elliott, of Durango, Colo., lead an American sweep of the top three men's spots in the 50-kilometer race from Cable to Hayward on Saturday.

   Brooks, of Anchorage, Alaska, edged defending champion Caitlin Gregg by half of a second.

   The Duluth News Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/z6Z9sr) Elliott won in 2 hours, 4 minutes, 48.5 seconds. He was followed by Matthew Liebsch, of Orono, Minn., at 2:05:02.3; and Brian Gregg, of Minneapolis, at 2:05:03.4.

   Brooks' winning time was 2:18:53.2. Caitlin Gregg, who is Brian's wife, finished at 2:18:53.7. Jennie Bender, of Maple Plain, Minn., finished third in 2:21:46.4.

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