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       === Canada's Hughes wins 5,000m gold; Klassen gets fifth medal ===
 
 Torino, Italy (Sports Network) - Clara Hughes of Canada captured the gold medal
 in  women's 5,000-meter  speedskating Saturday at the Winter Olympics. Teammate
 Cindy Klassen finished third to record her fifth medal in Torino.
 
 The  victory by  Hughes denied  three-time defending  Olympic champion  Claudia
 Pechstein  a  record-tying fourth gold  medal in the event. Pechstein, however,
 did pick up the silver.
 
 Hughes and Pechstein made up the final pair of the day.
 
 Hughes  covered the  distance in six minutes, 59.07 seconds. Pechstein was 1.01
 seconds behind and Klassen was .49 seconds further back.
 
 "I  am so thrilled," said the gold medal winner. "This has been a dream of mine
 since I was 16 and I realized it today."
 
 The  only  American in the  field, Catherine  Raney, finished in seventh place,
 more than five seconds off the winning time.
 
 Klassen  has become the darling of this year's Olympic speedskating events. She
 won  the gold in the 1,500 meters, silvers in the 1,000 and team pursuit and an
 earlier bronze in the 3,000.
 
 "Coming  into  the games I  knew I  was in five  events," noted Klassen, "but I
 didn't expect to get a medal in every distance, especially the 5,000."
 
 02/25 13:56:07 ET