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Early on the athletes were still close together but it ended up being a long day for all.
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No one is being hunted here, the gun shot was the start signal in Jokkmokk.
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Nicely lined up with almost 220km still ahead.
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Eventual winner Andreas Nygaard taking in nutrition along the way.
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Swede Tommy Gustafsson digging hard on the way to 13th place in 12:10:25. He is followed by Swede Erik Wickstroem who in the end finished 11th in 12:08:40. These two Swedes at the finish sandwiched Canadian Brian McKeever who ended up 12th in 12:09:38.
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Austrian Karl Jany ended up not finishing this very tough event.
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Through the woods and well spread out.
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There were fans along the course but they had to dress warm for this occasion.
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Estonian Heiki Prants leads a small group on the return from Kvikkjokk as another athlete is seen still heading out.
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In the end it was 35th place for Swede Göran Hammarson, but he and the athletes behind him still had a long way to go.
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A stunning view from above shows a small train of athletes in action.
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With 20km to go the front group had still 4 athletes in it.
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But with just a couple kilometers to go it was down to Team Santander team mates Andreas Nygaard and Oeyvind Moen Fjeld.
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So close after 220km but Andreas Nygaard was the champion.
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Fully spent and in a daze.
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After the finish it was 14th place and lights out for Norwegian Kristoffer Nielsen.
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The top female athlete was Swede Nina Lintzen in 13:01:00
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The race continued as the sun went down and the headlamps went up.
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Jonas Colting and Thobias Petterson look happy that they are done with their long day.