Winter Olympics: Johannes Hosflot Klabo helps Norway win men's 4x10km relay gold

Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo
Johannes Hosflot Klabo has already won sprint gold and is leading the World Cup overall, sprint and under-23 standings
XXIII Olympic Winter Games
Venue: Pyeongchang, South Korea Dates: 9-25 February
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Johannes Hosflot Klabo produced a cross country skiing masterclass as Norway won the men's 4x10km relay.

France and the Olympic Athletes of Russia led during the final leg before Klabo moved Norway clear, less than 1km from the finish.

Klabo eased home to win his second gold in Pyeongchang and secure Norway's first men's relay gold since 2002.

Denis Spitsov, also 21, crossed 9.4 seconds behind to earn silver for the OAR while France won bronze.

As well as the Olympic sprint gold, Klabo leads the World Cup's overall, sprint and under-23 standings.

He was joined in the Norway team by Martin Johnsrud Sundby and Simen Hegstad Kruger, who have already won individual medals, with each team comprising four athletes who ski two legs in the classic style, followed by two in the freestyle technique.

Each athlete skis three laps of a 3.33km course, with Didrik Tonseth first to go for Norway, before Sundby handed over to Kruger at the halfway point in fourth place, 32.1 seconds behind the OAR team.

Led by skiathlon gold medallist Kruger, who has three medals from these Games, Norway, Italy and France narrowed the gap during the third leg, before Italy drifted out of contention.

France and Norway were level as they handed over for the final leg, with OAR 16.2 seconds behind, before Klabo let Frenchman Adrien Backscheider set the pace.

And although 15km bronze medallist Spitsov briefly edged OAR back in front, Klabo burst clear as Norway secured their 11th cross country skiing medal in Pyeongchang.

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