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2010 Winter Olympics: Canada edges U.S. in final of speedskating team pursuit

RICHMOND, British Columbia — Canada has defeated the United States in the men's team pursuit final, giving Chad Hedrick a silver medal in the final race of his speedskating career.

The Canadian team of Denny Morrison, Lucas Makowsky and Mathieu Giroux beat the Americans across the line by 21-hundredths of a second Saturday at the Richmond Olympic Oval.

The 32-year-old Hedrick was the last to cross for the U.S., trailing 19-year-old teammates Brian Hansen and Jonathan Kuck. Hedrick finishes his career with five speedskating medals (one gold, two silver and two bronzes) in five different events. The only other U.S. male long-track skater to win as many medals was Eric Heiden, who captured five golds at the 1980 Lake Placid Games.

The Netherlands won the bronze, beating Norway in the third-place match.