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Second win for Iditarod dog sled racer

Dallas Seavey runs down the finish chute with his dog team in Nome, Alaska, to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on 11 March 2014 Image copyright AP
Image caption Dallas Seavey was the youngest ever winner of the sled dog race in 2012

Dallas Seavey has won the Iditarod, the 1,000 mile (1,600km) annual sled dog race across the US state of Alaska, for the second time.

He did not know he had won until after he crossed the finish line in Nome, after the original front-runner was blown off course by a sudden storm.

Mr Seavey finished the race in eight days, 13 hours, four minutes and 19 seconds, breaking a 2011 record.

The Iditarod winner receives $50,000 (£30,000) and a new lorry.

Mr Seavey thought he was racing his father, Mitch, who won the Iditarod last year, for third.

"I wasn't in a big hurry. I was racing for third, and I was telling my dogs, 'We've done our work here, you guys have done a good job, let's go home,'" he said.

But second-place musher Aliy Zirkle was behind him after waiting out the storm at the last checkpoint, Safety, 22 miles from the finish line.

Ms Zirkle finished two minutes behind Mr Seavey.

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Image caption Aliy Zirkle came in second for the third time in the Iditarod race
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Image caption Mushers begin the 1,000-mile race with a maximum of 16 dogs
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Image caption The frozen expanses of Nome, Alaska form the race's finishing line

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