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Holly Brooks, of Anchorage, Alaska, won the women's race. (2009 file / News Tribune)

Tad Elliott leads American top-3 sweep at Birkebeiner

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HAYWARD, Wis. -- Tad Elliott, of Durango, Colo., won the 39th American Birkebeiner today, leading an American sweep of the top three men's spots in the 50-kilometer race from Cable to Hayward.

Holly Brooks, of Anchorage, Alaska, edged defending champion Caitlin Gregg to win the women's race.

Elliott's winning time was 2 hours, 4 minutes, 48.5 seconds. He was followed by Matthew Liebsch, of Orono, Minn., at 2:05:02.3; and Brian Gregg, of Minneapolis, at 2:05:03.4.

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