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Finland's Niskanen and Mäki win silver in cross-country team sprint

The win brings Finland's total medal tally at the Beijing Winter Olympics to five.

Iivo Niskanen and Joni Mäki celebrate winning the silver in the cross country team sprint on Wednesday Image: Getty Images

Iivo Niskanen and Joni Mäki clinched second place in the men's cross-country skiing team sprint on Wednesday, winning Finland its second silver medal at the Beijing Winter Olympics.

The duo missed out on the gold by a mere 2.46 seconds, with Norway taking the top spot after Johannes Høsflot Klaebo stayed ahead in the final round.

Mäki managed to outpace Alexander Terentev of the Russian Olympic Committee by a close 1.83 seconds.

"Our tactical moves paid off for both of us in the final round. That was certainly the secret to today's success," Mäki declared in an interview with Yle.

Niskanen said he conserved his energy during the race, waiting to see if a fourth contender would emerge.

The top three teams overtook the others in the previous round, and a final decisive push from Mäki with Terentev close at his heels during the last sprint helped to catapult Finland to second place.

Terentev's teammate Alexander Bolshunov and Erik Valnes of Norway followed shortly after.

Norway's Klaebo made history on Friday, becoming the first cross-country skier to win two Olympic golds in the team sprint. He also became the third skier to win five gold medals.

Finland has now won a total of five medals at the 2022 Winter Olympics, all in cross-country skiing events: one gold, two silver and two bronze.

Friday's win brings Niskanen's medal tally in these games to three. He previously won gold in the men's 15km Classic and bronze in the 15km + 15km Skiathlon event.

Finland's Kerttu Niskanen and Krista Pärmäkoski finished fourth in the women's team sprint final on Wednesday.