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May 7, 2021

Vancouver Winter Olympics

Speed skating: Korea wins gold after Kramer disqualified

Korea’s Lee Seung-Hoon was gifted the men’s 10,000m speed skating gold medal on Tuesday after Dutchman Sven Kramer was sensationally disqualified after coming over the line first. Russia’s Ivan Skobrev took the silver and another Dutchman Bob de Jong won the bronze. Kramer, who won 5,000m gold last week, was the hot favourite and he lived up to his billing by powering around the Richmond Oval more than four seconds faster than Lee in the gruelling race.

Alpine skiing: ‘Iceman’ Janka content with giant slalom crown

Carlo Janka is the first to admit that he would trade his Olympic giant slalom gold with that of Swiss teammate Didier Defago in the downhill. Janka, nicknamed the “Iceman” for keeping his emotions in check, stormed to gold in the giant slalom on Tuesday, having kept his cool on a second run to add the Olympic mantle to his world title in the discipline he won last year in Val d’Isere. “I would have chosen the downhill,” the 23-year-old said when asked which event he would have preferred to own gold.

Austria claim combined team gold

Austria won the Nordic Combined team competition on Tuesday, with the United States finishing second and Germany claiming bronze. Having started the relay in third position and 36 seconds behind leaders Finland after the large hill ski jump, the Austrian quartet produced a strong performance in the cross-country. The United States came second at 5.2sec behind, while Germany’s quartet, sixth after the ski jump, took bronze, 19.5sec back.

Canada’s McIvor wins women’s ski cross

World champion Ashleigh McIvor won the inaugural Olympic women’s ski cross title for Canada Tuesday, dominating the final after highly fancied Ophelie David of France earlier crashed out. McIvor led from the start of the four-woman final in driving snow, finishing ahead of Norway’s Hedda Berntsen and France’s Marion Josserand to secure the host nation’s sixth gold of the Games. “This is just the most amazing thing in my entire life. I am so proud of myself. There’s nothing I could have done to be better equipped,” said McIvor.

Romania, 10th place in biathlon

The Romanian women’s biathlon team recorded the country’s best result in the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver on Tuesday by finishing the 4x6km relay race on 10th place with a time of 1 hour, 12 minutes and 32.7 seconds. Junior competitor Reka Ferencz, who recently won the juniors’ world title, did very well in the shooting area with 0 missed shots. Dana Plotogea missed 1 shot, Eva Tofalvi missed 2 shots and Mihaela Purdea missed 4 shots. The women’s relay race brought together 19 teams and was won by Russia (1 hour, 9 minutes and 36.3 seconds), followed by France (+32.8 seconds) and Germany (+37.1 seconds). Romania’s double women’s bobsleigh team (Carmen Radenovic and Alina Savin) finished 16th on Tuesday with a time of 1 minute and 48.6 seconds. Ruxandra Nedelcu finished the women’s cross-country skiing race 33rd.

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