Bolshunov Wins 3rd Gold Of Beijing Olympics In 30K Race

Feb 19, 2022, 5:59 AM
ZHANGJIAKOU, CHINA - FEBRUARY 19: Gold medallist Alexander Bolshunov of Team ROC (C), Silver medall...
ZHANGJIAKOU, CHINA - FEBRUARY 19: Gold medallist Alexander Bolshunov of Team ROC (C), Silver medallist Ivan Yakimushkin of Team ROC (L) and Bronze medallist Simen Hegstad Krueger of Team Norway (R) celebrates during the Men's Cross-Country Skiing 50km Mass Start Free flower ceremony on Day 15 of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at The National Cross-Country Skiing Centre on February 19, 2022 in Zhangjiakou, China. The event distance has been shortened to 30k due to weather conditions.

ZHANGJIAKOU, China (AP) — Alexander Bolshunov sprinted to his third Olympic gold medal in a 30-kilometer mass start cross-country ski race that was rescheduled and shortened because of strong wind and frigid temperatures.

The Russian was part of a five-man breakaway in the final kilometer.

He pushed ahead on the final climb into the stadium and won in 1 hour, 11 minutes, 32.7 seconds.

American Scott Patterson finished eighth.

Russian teammate Ivan Yakimushkin crossed the line 5.5 seconds behind for silver.

Simen Hegstad Krueger of Norway took bronze.

Bolshunov also won gold in the skiathlon and the relay at the Beijing Games.

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