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Canada’s Alex Harvey loses steam in cross-country skiathlon

February 11, 2018 1:13 PM
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After a good start to the race, Harvey lost momentum in the last 1.5 kilometres, finishing in eighth place.

PYEONGCHANG, KOREA, REPUBLIC OF—Canada’s Alex Harvey didn’t have enough to keep up with a trio of Norwegian cross-country skiers on Sunday.

Harvey finished eighth in the men’s 30-kilometre cross-country skiathlon at the Pyeongchang Games with three Norwegians sweeping the podium.

Simen Hegstad Krueger crashed and fell on the first lap before taking gold with Martin Johnsrud Sundby taking silver and Hans Christer Holund earning bronze.

“The victory was played with three kilometres left. With 1.5 kilometres left, I was in the perfect spot for the silver,” Harvey said. “I just did not have the legs. It is disappointing. I can only blame myself.”

Harvey was competing in his third and final Olympics. The 29-year-old from St-Ferreol-les-Neiges, Que., finished in one hour 16 minutes 53.4 seconds. He had placed ninth at Vancouver 2010 and 18th in Sochi four years ago.

The 24-year-old Krueger crossed the line in 1:16:20 and looked to the heavens and repeatedly pumped his fists in the air after crossing the finish line.

Devon Kershaw of Sudbury, Ont., was 36th, Graeme Killick of Fort McMurray, Alta., was 45th and Knute Johnsgaard from Whitehorse was 62nd.


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