Sweden beats Norway for Biathlon glory

Evgeni Vakov and Zuzanna Marciniak bring you all the action from day 14 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

Sweden took a surprising gold medal during the men’s biathlon 4×7.5km relay, taking their second gold following Hanna Oeberg’s triumph in the women’s 15km individual.

Lindstroem on his way to taking the gold. Courtesy of Eurosport

The Swedish quartet Peppe Fleming, Jesper Nelin, Sebastian Samuelsson and Fredrik Lindstroem finished 55.5 second clear of Norway thanks to almost perfect shooting, using only seven spare rounds with no penalty loops.

Similarly to what he did in Sochi four years ago Emil Hegle Svendsen once again blew Norway’s chances of a gold medal on the anchor leg, after making a penalty loop during his standing shooting.

Bronze went to the German team who finished 2:07.1 behind Sweden, after a total of three penalty loops.

Great Britain’s will play for a Winter Olympic bronze medal in the women’s curling tournament following their 10-5 loss to Sweden in the semi-final on Friday.

In the men’s bronze medal match Switzerland, who beat the British team earlier during the Olympics, defeated Canada 7-5.

Fifteen-year-old Alina Zagitova won the first gold medal for The Olympic Athletes from Russia with her victory in women’s single figure skating.

Zagitova, is now the second youngest women’s figure skating champion after Tara Lipinski in 1998.

She finished 1.31 points ahead of her 18-year-old compatriot Evgenia Medvedeva and 8.55 points ahead of Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond.

Canada remained unbeaten in the women’s ski cross Olympic competition winning their third consecutive gold since the discipline was added for the Vancouver 2010 games, this time thanks to Sochi silver medallist Kelsey Serwa.

Silver also went to the Maple Leafs thanks to Brittany Phelan, while bronze went to Fanny Smith from Switzerland.

Sochi winner Marielle Thompson made her competitive comeback after a long injury recovery and finished first in qualifying but crashed out on the third jump of her 1/8 final and was unable to defend her gold medal.

The Gangneung Oval once again became a Dutch hunting ground thanks to Kjeld Nuis in the men’s 1 000m speed skating.

Nuis gave time of 1:07.95, beating 500m champion Havard Lorentzen from Norway by 0.04 seconds.

Bronze went to South Korea’s Kim Tae-Yun, 0.27 behind Nuis, taking South Korea’s fifth speed skating medal, but still not the gold that the crowd wants.

With just two days and nine gold medals left, Norway remains on top of the medals table with 13 gold, 14 silver and 10 bronze medals, still followed by Germany also on 13 gold, but with just seven silver and six bronze medals, while Canada sits in third with 10 gold, eight silver and nine bronze medals.

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