Musgrave records Britain’s best ever result

Evgeni Vakov and Zuzanna Marciniak bring you all the action on day two of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics.

Great Britain’s Andrew Musgrave produced not only his best ever performance in the men’s skiathlon but the best ever in Britain’s cross-country history, as he finished seventh in the 15km+15km race.

All three medals went to Norwegian skiers, with Simen Hegstad Kruger finishing first, following a bold attack at the end of the penultimate lap of the race.

Kruger also bettered Frode Estil’s record from Turin 12 years ago, after he won the race despite a follow at the start which put him almost 40 seconds behind the leaders and needed nearly 13 kilometers to catch up.

Martin Johnsrud Sundby took silver and Hans Christer Holund rounded up the Vik’s podium sweep.

Next race for Musgrave will be Friday’s 15km freestyle, where he certainly has a big chance of winning Britain’s first ever medal in cross-country skiing.

United States’ 17-year-old Redmond Gerard won his country’s first gold medal at the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games by taking victory in men’s snowboard slopestyle final on the second day of the Olympics.

Silver and bronze went to Canada’s Max Parrot and Mark McMorris, who won his second bronze in a row less than 11 months after a near fatal training fall.

France’s Perrine Laffont won the first of the freestyle skiing event, beating Canadian Justine Dufour-Lapointe and Kazakhstan’s Yulia Galysheva in the women’s moguls final.

Laffont scored 78.65 points in her final run, edging Dufour-Lapointe by 0.09 points.

The leader after the second heat in the finals Canadian Andi Naude did not finish her last run after losing control of her skies following the first jump.

Germany took their third gold of the games when Arnd Peiffer finished 4.4 seconds in front of the Czech Michal Krcmar during the biathlon 10km sprint.

Italy’s Dominik Windisch was a further 3.3 seconds behind thanks to a miss on his tenth shot of the competition, Peiffer and Krcmar went clean through the two shootings.

The two world cup dominators Martin Fourcade, France and Johannes Thingnes Boe, Norway both had terrible days, missing three shots each on the prone shooting.

Fourcade ended up in eight, 22 seconds behind the winner, while Boe finished 31, 50 seconds behind Fourcade thanks to a further miss in the standing shooting.

The most entertaining end of an event so far during the games came in the men’s luge where 2010 and 2014 champion Felix Loch from Germany led after the first two runs yesterday but was overtaken by the leader from the first run and surprising champion David Gleirscher from Austria.

Silver went for the American Chris Mazdzer 0.026 seconds behind, with German Johannes Ludwig taking bronze.

Loch ended up in fifth following a mistake in the dragon’s tail section of the track during his final run.

It was another gold for Sven Kramer and the Netherlands in the Gangneug Oval during the men’s 5 000m speed skating and setting a new Olympic record in doing so.

This is Kramer’s third consecutive Olympic title in this discipline.

Silver went for the world record holder Ted-Jan Bloemen from Canada, who edged Norway’s Sverre Lunde Pedersen by 0.002 seconds.

One of the jewels of the Winter Olympics, the men’s alpine skiing downhill was postponed for Thursday due to winds reaching up to 72km/h at the top of the mountain, the men’s super-g was also moved back a day to accommodate the change.

Germany continues to lead the medal table with three golds and one bronze, followed by the Netherlands with two golds, two silvers and one bronze and Norway is now in third with one gold, four silvers and three bronzes.

Co-written by Zuzanna Marciniak

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