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Second gold for Maze

Slovenia's Tina Maze claimed her second gold of the Winter Olympics as she came through to win a thrilling women's giant slalom in Sochi.

Maze - who shared gold with Switzerland's Dominique Gisin in the downhill - established a lead of 0.52 seconds over the field after a superb first run.

She proved only 11th fastest on the second, but that was still good enough to earn her gold as she finished just 0.07 seconds ahead of Austrian super-G champion Anna Fenninger in a combined time of 2:36.87 seconds.

Defending champion Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany clinched the bronze medal a further 0.20 seconds back after a barnstorming second run on the foggy and rain-hit Rosa Khutor course.

Famous violinist Vanessa-Mae, competing for Thailand as Vanessa Vanakorn, came in last of the finishers but did manage to complete both runs.

Unbeatable Dutch

Elsewhere on day 11 in Sochi, the Netherlands continued their utter domination of the speed skating events by sweeping the podium in the men's 10,000m.

Jorrit Bergsma took the gold in a new Olympic record of 12 minutes 44.45 seconds, with the legendary Sven Kramer taking silver and Bob de Jong grabbing bronze.

It was the fourth time the Netherlands have won all three medals in a speed skating event. They have won 19 medals in the sport, which matches the overall tally of host nation Russia across all disciplines at the Games.

Pierre Vaultier edged out home favourite Nikolay Olyunin on the last jump in the final of the men's snowboard cross to win gold at a murky Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.

The Frenchman triumphed despite the heavy rain, with visibility also difficult towards the start of the course due to the heavy fog that delayed the event by 24 hours.

Alex Deibold secured bronze in a tense final race, but fellow American Nate Holland - the reigning champion at the prestigious Winter X Games - failed to progress beyond the quarter-final stage.

Meanwhile, in an amazing finish to the men's biathlon 15km mass start, Norway's Emil Hegle Svendsen won the gold medal after a photo finish with Martin Fourcade of France taking silver and Ondrej Moravec of the Czech Republic claiming the bronze.

There was also success in the Nordic Combined large hill/10km cross-country, with Joergen Graabak taking the win ahead of compatriot Magnus Hovdal Moan and Germany's Fabian Riessle.

The USA took gold in the men's ski halfpipe, with David Wise earning the glory ahead of Mike Riddle and Kevin Rolland of Canada and France respectively.

The British women's bobsleigh team of pilot Paula Walker and brakewoman Bex Wilson are 12th at the halfway point as Elena Meyers' American crew sit top of the leaderboard.