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China Sweeps Women's 50km Medals in FIS Tour Changchun Leg
    2009-01-02 19:29:19     Xinhua

China's Li Hongxue (Front) competes during the women's 50km classic in 2008/2009 FIS Tour De Ski in Changchun, capital of northeast China's Jilin Province, Jan. 2, 2009. Li claimed the title with a time of 2 hours 29 minutes and 54.2 seconds. [Photo: Xinhua]

Chinese skiers made a clean sweep of medals in the women's 50km race of 2008/2009 FIS Tour De Ski Changchun leg in northeast China's Jilin Province on Friday.

Li Hongxue, China's top cross-country skier, finished in a time of two hours 29 minutes and 54.2 seconds, while her teammates Er Yingcui and Man Dandan came second and third respectively.

Sweden's Anders Hogberg claimed the men's title, followed by Chinese pair Xu Wenlong and Tang Jinle. Hogberg's teammate Fredrik Persson, the defending champion, finished fourth.

A total of 219 athletes took part in the event and the next leg is scheduled for Tuesday in southern Chinese city of Shangri-la.



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