Finland's Niskanen wins men's 50km mass start classic in Pyeongchang

Published: Feb. 24, 2018 at 11:38 AM


Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Iivo Niskanen of Finland bagged the gold medal of men's cross-country 50km mass start classic Saturday at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games.

Niskanen finished the most demanding race with 2 hours, 8 minutes and 22.1 seconds.

Niskanen, gold medalist in the team sprint in Sochi four years ago, became the fourth Finnish cross-country skier to win multiple gold medals in the sport.

"It was a big dream," commented Niskanen following his victory.

It was Finland's 79th medal in cross-country skiing, equaling Sweden's total for second-most behind Norway with 120.

Olympic Athletes from Russia Alexander Bolshunov and Andrey Larkov were ranked second and third respectively.

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