Randall wins 2nd straight World Cup sprint

The Associated Press
Randall wins 2nd straight World Cup sprint
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Kikkan Randall from the U.S. poses for photographers after the decoration following her win in the Ladies World Cup Cross Country Ski 1.5km Sprint Free event in Szklarska Poreba, Poland, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

SZKLARSKA POREBA, Poland (AP) -- Kikkan Randall won her second straight freestyle sprint event on the cross-country World Cup on Saturday to underline her status as a medal favorite at the Sochi Olympics.

The American sprint specialist held off Denise Herrmann on the final straight to follow up on her victory in the Czech Republic a week ago. Vesna Fabjan of Slovenia was third in a field that was without several of the other top contenders for Sochi.

Randall, last season's sprint World Cup champion, said that ''coming to the finish I actually had lots of energy in my legs because my big move for the win was on the home stretch.''

In the men's event, Alex Harvey of Canada won ahead of Josef Wenzl of Germany and France's Baptiste Gros.