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Russia Clinches Overall Medals Title For Sochi Olympics

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Silver medalist Maxim Vylegzhanin of Russia, gold medalist Alexander Legkov of Russia and bronze medalist Ilia Chernousov of Russia celebrate during the flower ceremony for the Men's 50 km Mass Start Free during day 16 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images) | Alexander Hassenstein via Getty Images

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Alexander Legkov's victory in the men's 50-kilometer cross-country race Sunday clinched the overall medals title for the host nation at the Sochi Games.

Legkov led a sweep of the podium for Russia in the 50K. Russia started the day tied with Norway for the most gold medals with 11 and with a 29-27 lead over the United States in total medals.

With only three events on the final day of competition — cross-country, four-man bobsled and the men's hockey gold medal game — the Russians didn't waste any time in sealing the deal.

Norway figured to challenge the Russians in cross-country, but Martin Johnsrud Sundby finished fourth while Russians Maxim Vylegzhanin and Ilia Chernousov took silver and bronze.

The three skiers had a wild celebration at the finish line.

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Top Medal Winners
1 Russia 13 11 9
2 United States 9 7 12
3 Norway 11 5 10
4 Canada 10 10 5
5 Netherlands 8 7 9
6 Germany 8 6 5
Latest Medal Results
Ice Hockey - Men
Bobsleigh - Four-man
United States
Cross-Country - Men's 50km Mass Start Free
Russia - Alexander Legkov
Russia - Maxim Vylegzhanin
Russia - Ilia Chernousov
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