Krueger leads Norwegian sweep in men's skiathlon

Norway's Simen Hegstad Krüger recovered from an early fall to lead a Norwegian podium sweep in the men’s 15 kilometres + 15km skiathlon event here at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games

Norway's Simen Hegstad Krüger recovered from an early fall to lead a Norwegian podium sweep in the men’s 15 kilometres + 15km skiathlon event here at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games

Simen Hegstad Krueger easily took gold at 1:16:20.

Krueger, 24, timed 1hr 16min 20sec, finishing 8.0sec ahead of Martin Johnsrud Sundby, who beat Hans Christer Holund in a hard-fought battle for second place.

The men's event features eight laps of a 3.75km course and Norway's Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo led at the change-over, with Kruger 15.2 seconds behind in 14th.

The men's 15km + 15km skiathlon is a mass start cross country event in which competitors swap techniques midway through the race.

Canadians Devon Kershaw and Graeme Killick placed 36th and 45th, respectively.

The two skiers directly behind him were Andrey Larkov and Denis Spitsov, Russian athletes competing under the Olympic flag, and they toppled over him.

By the time the three untangled themselves, they were at the rear of the field, but Krueger methodically worked his way back through the pack and took the lead with five kilometres remaining.

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