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Niskanen takes bronze in Olympic Skiathlon

Finnish skier Iivo Niskanen finished behind two Russians.

Iivo Niskanen ja Aleksandr Bolshunov hiihtävät peräkkäin.
Iivo Niskanen in the 15km+15km Skiathlon on Sunday. Image: Getty Images
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Finland's first medal of the Beijing Winter Olympics came on Sunday, when skier Iivo Niskanen took the bronze in the 15km + 15km Skiathlon event.

Niskanen finished behind Alexander Bolshunov and Denis Spitsov, who were competing under the flag of the Russian Olympic Committee.

"I just couldn't keep pace with those Russians," said Niskanen after the race. "They were just ridiculously fast today. Unbelievable, the speed they can cki at. It was even a little bit surprising that I wasn't able to respond to them at all."

It is Niskanen's third Olympic medal, having taken gold in the team sprint in the 2014 Sochi games and gold in the 50km individual race in Pyeongchang in 2018.

Perttu Hyvärinen finished seventh in the competition, while Remi Lindholm was 25th in his debut Olympics.

This week's All Points North looked at the prospects of Finnish medals in Beijing. You can listen to the full podcast using the embedded player here, via Yle Areena, Spotify (siirryt toiseen palveluun), Apple Podcasts (siirryt toiseen palveluun) or on your usual podcast player using the RSS feed.

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