Ski Runner Alexander Bolschunov won the Beijing’s Olympic Winter Olympics of Beijing’s Olympics of Beijing the “Marathon” shortened for heavy winds and icy temperatures and thus brought his third gold medal.
The 25-year-old from the team of the Russian Olympic Committee sat down after 1:11:32 hours before his compatriot Ivan Jakimuschkin (+5.5 seconds) and the Norwegian Sien Meim Hegstad Krüger (+7.0).
Bolschunov had previously triumphed in the skithlon and in the season. Krüger had been positively tested on Corona just before departure and afterwards immailed to China, for the 2018 skithlon Olympic champion, it was the first start in Beijing.
The German runners were far back on Saturday, the best starter of the German Ski Association (DSV) was Jonas Dobler (Traunstein) as a 20th with 3:17 minutes behind. Florian Notz (Römerstein) came to rank 29 (+3: 59), Friedrich Moch (ISNY) became 31. (+4: 30), Lucas Bögl (Gaßach) 33. (+4: 38).
The five-time Olympic champion Johannes Hösflot Kläbo fell back early, rose after two thirds of the distance and missed his third success in Beijing. The Finn Iivo Niskanen, who had brought in 2018 in Pyeongchang in classical fifties, was not at the start. The 15 km winner of Beijing is not one of the absolute top runs outdoors.
Only one hour before the planned start on Saturday was announced that the distance is reduced by 20 km. The step was justified with security concerns because the athletes would otherwise have been exposed to too long extreme conditions. In addition, the start time was moved backwards by 60 minutes.
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For the first time in the history of the winter games, no race was held over the full 50 km, even at the first issue in 1924 in Chamonix, the marathon was on the program.