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Birkie skiers set record times in Saturday's race

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Italian skier Fabio Santus broke the 50K Birkie skate course record with a time of 1:56:58.6 in the 37the annual American Birkebeiner held Saturday.

Rebecca Dussault, the returning champion, defended her title by winning the women's skate division with a time of 2:18:18.1.

Santus of Milano, Italy, was skiing his first Birkie

"I am very, very happy," he said. "It was a great track with very good people."

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