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Canada's Crawford, Jones, place 3rd in x-country team sprint

01/15/2012 11:24 EST | Updated 03/16/2012 05:12 EDT

Canadians Perianne Jones and Chandra Crawford finished third Sunday in the women's cross-country skiing World Cup team sprint event earning their first-ever medal together.

Crawford, 28, and Jones, 26, took advantage of quick exchanges in both of their crash-filled semifinal and final heats in Milan, Italy.

Ida Ingemarsdotter broke free on the last lap to claim victory for Sweden with Hanna Brodin in 16 minutes, 14.7 seconds.

Americans Jessica Diggins and Kikkan Randall finished second ahead of Jones, of Almonte, Ont., and Crawford, a native of Canmore, Alta.

“It was absolutely crazy with poles flying and crashes everywhere,” said Jones, who added the Canadian duo barely squeaked into the finals after she had a fall of her own in the semifinals. “Our exchanges were super good. We made up so much time tagging off to each other. This feels pretty awesome.”

Jones served as the lead to the anchor and 2006 Olympic sprint champion Crawford.

“This feels great. Today our whole goal was to relax, stay on our feet and kick when it counts,” said Crawford. “It is dynamite to be on the podium with Peri. We are a real team out here and want each other to succeed and it is awesome to share this with her."

Russians Alexey Petukhov and Nikolay Morilov beat Sweden's Calle Halfvarsson and Teodor Peterson in the men's event by 0.2 seconds. Italy's David Hofer and Fulvio Scola finished third.

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