Alexander Bolshunov of the ROC delivered a dominating gold performance in the men’s 30K skiathlon. The four-time Olympic medalist finished with a time of 1:16:09.8 to win his first gold medal in convincing fashion.
His fellow ROC teammate Denis Spitsov followed closely behind claiming silver with a time of 1:17:20.8 and Iivo Niskanen of Finland nabbed bronze, finishing with a time of 1:18:10.0, and claiming Finland's first medal of the Games.
Team USA's Scott Patterson finished 11th in the event with a time of 1:20:10.0.
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While Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo of Norway entered the competition as a favorite, he finished in 40th place with a time of 1:25:15.8.