Two students of Penza State University win silver medals at Olympics as members of national team
Penza, 17 February 2018. PenzaNews. Two students of Penza State University (PSU) Alexander Bolshunov and Alexei Chervotkin, as well as Andrei Larkov and Denis Spitsov won silver medals in the ski relay race 4×10 km at the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.
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The first place was occupied by the team of Norway, which covered the distance in 1 hour 33 minutes and 4.9 seconds. The Norwegians' time advantage over the Russians was 9.4 seconds.
The French team became bronze prize-winners yielding 36.9 seconds to the Norwegians.
As it was reported by Interfax, a long part of the race the Russian team was a leader. At one stretch of the second lap of the race the advantage of the Russian team over the closest pursuers was 40.7 seconds.
At the third lap a group of athletes managed to catch up with Alexei Chervotkin, and at the start of the fourth lap the Russian team yielded 16 seconds to the teams of Norway, France and Italy.
Denis Spivtsov, who represented the Russian team at the fourth lap managed to catch up with the leaders. In addition to him, the fight for medals also took place among Norwegian and French skiers. The representative of France Adrien Backscheider soon began to lag behind while the Norwegian Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo on the contrary pulled away and was the first to cross the finish line.
This medal is the tenth medal the Norwegian national team won at the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.