Alexander Bolshunov’s silver medal heartbreak finally ended after he had been crowned the 30 km long skiathlon world champion in Oberstdorf

That’s how long the Russian had to be content with the second best, won three silver medals and one bronze at the 2018 Olympic Games in PyeongChang and took home four silver medals from the 2019 World Cup

But finally the 24-year-old can stand on the podium and stop the clock in 1:11339 to win a dramatic skiathlon race in Switzerland

The athlete of the Russian Ski Federation won with just 11 seconds ahead of Simen Hegstad Krüger, one of many Norwegian athletes in the chase behind Bolschunow

Krüger ousted compatriot Hans Christer Holund by only half a second, and Johannes Høsflot Klæbo – three years ago three-time Olympic champion – decided more than 20 seconds behind him for fourth place

Klæbo prevailed against Emil Iversen in the sprint, while Sjur Røthe rounded off the top six Norway’s quintet of skiers finished second to sixth in the race

Briton Andrew Musgrave was by far the best of the others and finished in seventh place in clear air – almost 30 seconds ahead of the rest in 1: 13: 072

Bolschunow Gold is the first for the Russian Ski Association in Oberstdorf in 2021, with Norway – having won 14 of the 24 available medals so far – dominating the medal table at the Nordic World Championships


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