|Hughes wins 5,000m gold|
|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.
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.
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